Bahrain is believed to have struck a deal keeping the venue on the F1 Grand Prix
circuit for a further five years with the new contract running until 2013.
The deal, which replaces the current hosting contract which expires after the
2008 season, ensures the long-term future of the Bahrain circuit at Sakhir on
the F1 calendar.
Bahrain was added to the sport’s calendar in April 2004 as part of F1 supremo
Bernie Ecclestone’s plans to expand the circuit into the Far East.
Premier League club Reading has taken a step closer to significantly
enlarging the capacity of its Madejski Stadium ground.
Nigel Howe, the club's chief executive has confirmed that the planning
application for the expansion will be submitted to Reading Borough Council this
If approval is given then preliminary work could start in the close season
with the capacity of the 24,000 seat stadium set to increase to between 37,000
Strong winds have forced an evacuation at Lord’s Cricket Ground with the ground
sustaining major structural damage to certain sections.
The Tavern Stand section of the ground, which also houses the indoor cricket
centre, has been substantially damaged by the high winds after parts of the roof
were blown off.
It is unclear at this point, how much damage the ground has sustained or how
much it will cost to repair it.
Surrey County Cricket Club has unveiled the latest phase of its redevelopment plans for The Brit Oval including the construction of a hotel at the pavilion end.
The blueprint for the work will see The Surrey Tavern demolished, and the Lock and Laker stands replaced, with 2,000 extra seats added.
Chief executive Paul Sheldon said: ‘There is intense pressure on all grounds that host international cricket to provide high-quality facilities.
‘It is vital The Oval continues to strive to produce the best spectator facilities of any cricket stadium.’
Wembley looks odds on to host a regular season NFL game after the American
football franchise awarded the staging of its first overseas game to London.
London secured the match ahead of four German cities while Wembley looks to
have fought off opposition from Twickenham.
‘We're thrilled to bring the excitement of the NFL regular season to the UK,’
said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. ‘London is one of the great cities of the
world with an established and growing fan base for our game.’
Sochi (Russia), Salzburg (Austria) and PyeongChang (Republic of Korea) have been
confirmed as the three cities bidding to host the 2014 Winter Olympics after all
three bids met yesterday’s deadline to submit their application files.
The three cities were accepted as candidate cities by the IOC Executive Board
last June, winning through from a total of seven applicant cities, which also
included Jaca (Spain), Almaty (Kazakhstan), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Borjomi
Coca-Cola Championship strugglers Leeds United has confirmed reports that its
Elland Road ground has been sold to new owners for the second time in two years.
The club stated that Elland Road, sold by the financially stricken club's
previous board in November 2004 to Manchester businessman Jacob Adler, had been
sold on again to Teak Trading Corporation, a company based in the British Virgin
Event Scotland, the government funded organisation aimed at attracting events to Scotland, is to conduct a feasibility study to determine whether the country could viably bid to host rugby union’s 2015 World Cup.
The survey is being conducted with a view to Scotland and one or more other home unions potentially bidding jointly to host the 2015 tournament. Japan has already expressed its desire to apply to stage the event.
The remaining businesses operating on the 2012 Olympic Park site in East London will be forced to move after the Olympic organising committee LOCOG won a legal battle allowing it to purchase the land.
LOCOG had already negotiated the use of 93% of the land needed for the 2012 Games but the Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs), confirmed by Industry Secretary Alistair Darling, will ensure that the remaining businesses will be forced out.
The businesses affected by the latest move have been opposed to plans as they believe they warrant better compensation agreements.
The Race of Champions – motor racing’s celebratory event which pits title
holders from a range of series against each other – is to be staged in London
The 2007 event, taking place next December will be moved to Wembley Stadium
from the Stade de France in Paris.
Paris has hosted the popular Race of Champions for the past three years,
drawing crowds of more than 51,000.
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