DOHA: A research document issued on Monday following an intensive study of volunteers working at the UAE’s top motor sport events could help organisers worldwide provide better protection for marshals and officials from the risk of dehydration.
The report is based on extensive scientific research carried out by the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE in conjunction with its academic partners at the University of Ulster, one of the UK’s top learning and research institutes.
It was presented to senior officials attending assembly of the Middle East and North Africa national motor sport authorities in Doha by Dr Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of the ATCUAE and FIA Vice President for sport.
Jean Todt, President of the FIA, motor sport’s world governing body, who is on an official visit to the region, was at the meeting to receive a copy of the study: ‘Research of hydration health and safety issues of motorsport volunteers and officials working in high temperatures.’
“Working in extreme heat is very challenging and the safety of our volunteers is our number one priority,” said Sulayem.
“We were, of course, aware of risks associated with working in extreme conditions, but our research reveals some striking facts that will now be addressed urgently in order to ensure the safety of volunteer officials.”