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Sochi admits Portugal trying to take F1 race date

Sochi admits Portugal trying to take F1 race date
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Russia's grand prix boss has played down reports that Portugal could be set to take the place of Sochi on the 2020 'corona calendar'.

Russia's grand prix boss has played down reports that Portugal could be set to take the place of Sochi on the 2020 'corona calendar'.

It has been reported that the Algarve circuit in Portimao, Portugal, is poised to take Russia's currently-scheduled September 27 race date.

"We are continuing to prepare for our race, which is still planned for September 27 despite the fact that the Portuguese are trying to take it," confirmed Alexey Titov, boss of the Sochi promoter Rosgonki.

"Do not worry, our preparations are going according to plan with no changes," he insisted.

"The situation with the coronavirus creates certain difficulties, but we are trying to cope with them. Fortunately we have an organising committee which helps to resolve issues so that the race is on time and with all the elements - cars on the track and spectators in the stands.

"One of the key issues is team logistics, but I am sure we will solve this and every problem," Titov added.

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Friday's key events


ATHLETICS
· The athletics schedule begins, with 100m sprinter Dina Asher-Smith among the names in action on the opening day. The men's 10,000m final concludes the action, with Team GB's Sam Atkin and Marc Scott taking part in the absence of 2012 and 2016 champion Sir Mo Farah (1am-2.30pm)

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· Victoria Thornley is Team GB's representative in the women's single sculls final (1.33am)
· Great Britain will be going for gold in the men's eight final (2.25am)

SWIMMING
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· Bryony Page will be looking to repeat her 2016 heroics in the women's event (5am-7.30pm)

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