This weekend the F1 roadshow will pull into Bahrain for its inaugural F1 Grand Prix against a backdrop of civil unrest, bloodshed and violence.
Several of the people involved in F1 have said that the politics of the region aer not really their concern and they are there to provide a show and run the sport. There only concern is for the safety of the teams and making sure all goes according to plan.
Its a different stance from the anti-apartheid movements which did affect sports like cricket and golf, where people who played in South Africa were not welcome.
So at what point, if any, should sport make a stand or should it remain resolutely on the sidelines and leave the politics to the politicians?