Two Associated Press (AP) journalists are being prevented from covering the Bahrain Grand Prix because they have not received their visas to enter the country, Sports Illustrated (SP) reports.
The two men were expected to cover the race but were notified by Bahrain's information Affairs Authority that their visa applications to enter the kingdom are still "pending".
Sports Illustrated says the two Dubai-based journalists are not the only one in that situation, other journalists working for international news organisation have yet received their visa.
"We cover sports events throughout the world, under all kinds of circumstances, and we see no reason that journalists should be prevented from coverage in Bahrain,'' SP quoted AP Managing Editor for Sports Lou Ferrara . "The government should not dictate or prohibit sports coverage in any way.''
According to Bahrain's information Affairs Authority delays are due to "logistical problems."
The Shi'ite community, who complains of political and economic marginalisation, led a protest movement that erupted in February last year and led to the cancellation of the race.
Despite growing violence, Bernie Ecclestone, Formula One boss, decided to go ahead with the race. Two Force India members announced that they were leaving the Gulf-country after four of their team members were caught amid clashes between dissident groups and police in Manama on Wednesday night.
On Thursday afternoon, police forces fired tear gas and stun grenades at opposition protest in Manama. Demonstrators protested against the Khalifa regime and demanded the cancellation of the race.