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Last Updated: Thursday, 1 April, 2004, 08:23 GMT 09:23 UK
Security tight in Bahrain
Bahrain Grand Prix circuit
Organisers of Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix insist they have taken every possible step to ensure security.

The build-up to the historic race has been dominated by the issue of terrorist threats, with war-torn Iraq just 600 miles away.

But Colonel Tariq Bin Daineh, who is spokesperson for Bahrain's Ministry of the Interior, says he is confident the event will pass off without incident.

"Security is of paramount importance to all of us in Bahrain," he said.

Six-time world champion Michael Schumacher said he had no fears about making the trip to the Gulf region.

But security around the 100m Bahrain International Circuit will be tight.

The National Guard have also been placed on 24-hour alert while advice on anti-terrorist measures has been taken from the security forces.

"The Bahrain Grand Prix is the largest sporting event of its kind to be held in this part of the world," added Colonel Bid Daineh.

I am pretty sure Bahrain will be a safe place because their safety measures will be very high
Michael Schumacher

"We are concentrating all our resources on ensuring the safety of all those involved in the Formula One race.

"Apart from ensuring the smooth running of the race, one of our primary focuses is on the safety of those visiting the island.

"While we have some extremely high-profile visitors, Michael Schumacher among them, it is important to stress that we are treating everyone attending the race with the same levels and standards of security."

Schumacher did have doubts about going to the United States Grand Prix in the wake of the September 11 attacks almost three years ago.

But the German, who will be bidding to make it three wins out of three on Sunday, said of a possible threat: "If you look in history how many times and where attacks have been - it can be any time, any place.

"What can you do? You must do whatever you feel you have to do and whatever you feel is right to do.

"I am pretty sure Bahrain will be one of the safe places because their safety measures will be very high."

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