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Sochi set to discuss new Russia GP contract

Sochi is looking to extend its contract in order to keep hosting the Russian GP in 2021 and beyond.

Sochi is looking to extend its contract in order to keep hosting the Russian GP in 2021 and beyond.

Recently, it has been suggested that a move to a new circuit in St Petersburg is a possibility for the future.

There have also been rumours that the Sochi venue, situated on the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics, will be redeveloped.

However, Andrey Kostin - the president of the Russian GP title sponsor VTB Bank - is now reporting that the issue of extending Sochi's contract is set to be discussed.

"It is very important that we managed to hold this event with an audience," he told Tass news agency.

"A total of 30,000 people were expected, at the same time fully meeting the requirements of Rospotrebnadzor," said Kostin, referring to Russia's official consumer rights and human wellbeing authority.

"We believe this is an important international competition, which is important to be held in Russia and also seriously increases the interest in Russian motorsport," he added.

"The issue of extending the contract will be discussed, but at the moment it is a bit early to talk about it," said Kostin.

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Thursday's key events

· Comeback queen and super-mum Helen Glover goes for her third Olympic gold alongside Polly Swann in the women's pair final (1.30am)
· There is also a medal on offer for GB pair Emily Craig and Imogen Grant in the lightweight women's double scull final (2.10am)

· As second-fastest qualifier for the final, Team GB's James Wilby is among the medal contenders in the men's 200m breaststroke (2.44am)
· Alys Thomas takes part in the women's 200m butterfly final, although he faces a difficult task to challenge for the medals (3.28am)
· Caeleb Dressel of the USA has been touted by some as the successor to Michael Phelps, and he has the chance to notch up a fourth Olympic gold in the men's 100m freestyle final (3.37am)

· After Team GB's men narrowly missed out on a medal, the women get their campaign underway against the Russian Olympic Committee (3am) and New Zealand (10.30am)

· It is a Great Britain vs. Netherlands double-header, with the men up first in Pool B (4.15am)
· Most eyes will be on the women's showdown between the two nations, though, as Netherlands - the world's best team - look to gain revenge on GB for defeat in the 2016 Olympic final (11am)

· Mallory Franklin takes part in the women's canoe semi-final, and will hope to do enough to qualify for the final later in the day (6am-8.45am)

· With Simone Biles now out of the women's all-around final, the competition has been blown wide open. Team GB twins Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova are among those taking part (11.50am-2.05pm)

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