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Spectators highlight 'step' out of covid crisis - Todt

Spectators highlight 'step' out of covid crisis - Todt
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Formula 1 is inching towards a return to normal amid the ongoing but potentially easing covid crisis, according to FIA president Jean Todt.

Formula 1 is inching towards a return to normal amid the ongoing but potentially easing covid crisis, according to FIA president Jean Todt.

With his latest term as head of F1's governing body ending late this year, the 75-year-old is committed to enjoying a quieter life from 2022 onwards.

"Above all, I will be able to devote more time to the people I love," Todt told Le Figaro.

He says one of those people is Michael Schumacher.

"I see him regularly but I will be able to visit him a little more - to spend a few days with him and his family," Todt revealed.

For now, though, the diminutive Frenchman is still engaged in the world of Formula 1, where the 'ghost race' era is slowly ending.

"It's a step forward," said the Frenchman, referring to this weekend's race at Paul Ricard in which 15,000 people per day are being admitted.

"After the difficult months we have been through, that's a pleasing thing," Todt told BFM Business. "We are more ambitious than that but each day things are going in the right direction.

"The reason this weekend's race was brought forward by a week is because there will be two Austrian grands prix in the next two weeks where we should have more than 15,000 spectators per day," he added.

However, some scheduled races after the summer break are in serious doubt, including Japan and Australia. Nonetheless, Brazil's Globo claims that tickets for the race at Interlagos have just gone on sale.

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Sunday's key events

· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
· So often the blue-riband event of the Olympics, the men's 100m final takes place as the world's fastest bid to be crowned Usain Bolt's successor. Three Brits have made it into the semi-finals (11.15am-11.32am), and the final looks wide open after an underwhelming display by favourite Trayvon Bromell on Saturday (1.50pm)

· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

> Today's schedule in full
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