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Singapore Grand Prix 'cancelled for second season running'

Singapore Grand Prix 'cancelled for second season running'
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The venue will not go ahead because of Covid-19 travel restrictions.

The Singapore Grand Prix has been cancelled for the second season in succession.

The night race was due to take place on October 3, but a series of Covid-19 travel restrictions in the city state means it can no longer go ahead.

Formula One bosses remain confident they will be able to complete a record 23-round calendar despite the cancellation of the Singapore race and a number of fixtures appearing increasingly at risk in the second half of the year.

China, which had been due to take place in April, and Turkey, cancelled after it was placed on the UK Government’s red list, are both contenders to fill the void left by Singapore, while Austin is also prepared to host two races at the Circuit of the Americas.

The US Grand Prix is scheduled for October 24, with a second race likely to take place a week before.

An F1 spokesperson said: “We continue to work with all promoters during this fluid time and have plenty of options to adapt if needed.”

Austin could stage a second race following the cancellation of the Singapore GP
Austin could stage a second race following the cancellation of the Singapore GP (PA Wire)

However, the Mexican and Brazilian Grands Prix – on October 31 and November 7 – are certainly vulnerable given that both countries are recording among the highest number of Covid-19 cases in the world.

Promoters of both events are keen for their respective races to go ahead but if either country is added to the red list, that is likely to pose a serious problem for F1 given that the majority of teams are based in England.

The Japanese Grand Prix is penned in for October 10, but Suzuka chiefs are keen to see how this summer’s Tokyo Olympics play out before they take a firm decision on their race.

The Australian Grand Prix, the sport’s traditional curtain-raiser in Melbourne, has been moved to November, but the country is demanding that F1 staff must be vaccinated before they are allowed into the country.

Confirming the cancellation of their race, Singapore GP deputy chairman, Colin Syn said: “To call off the event for a second year is an incredibly difficult decision, but a necessary one in light of the prevailing restrictions for live events in Singapore.

“We would not be able to deliver a full event experience fans have come to expect over the years, while safeguarding the health and safety of our fans, contractors, volunteers and staff.

“Ultimately, we have to be responsible, cautious and prudent, as safety is our number one concern.”

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Tuesday's key events


TRIATHLON
· Team GB trio Vicky Holland, Georgia Taylor-Brown and Jess Learmonth all have realistic medal hopes in the women's event (10.30pm-1am)

RUGBY SEVENS
· After an impressive opening day, Great Britain play their final group game against a Fiji side level with them at the top of the pool, but also yet to hit their brilliant best (1.30am)

TAEKWONDO
· After disappointment for friend and housemate Jade Jones, Bianca Walkden will go for gold in the women's +67kg category (2am-2.30pm)
· Mahama Cho is another medal contender for Team GB in the men's +80kg class (2am-2.30pm)

SWIMMING
· Team GB's Duncan Scott has the chance to claim his first individual Olympic medal in the men's 200m freestyle final. Teammate Tom Dean is also involved. (2.43am)
· Kathleen Dawson is the Team GB representative in the women's 100m backstroke final (2.51am)

DIVING
· Eden Cheng and Lois Toulson will look to emulate Tom Daley and Matty Lee's success in the women's 10m synchro final (7am-8am)

EQUESTRIAN
· Three-time Olympic champion Charlotte Dujardin is part of a Team GB team going for gold in the dressage team Grand Prix final (9.30am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Superstar Simone Biles leads the United States side in the women's team final (11.45am-2.10pm)

FOOTBALL
· Team GB's women's team play their final group game, taking on Canada with qualification for the knockout rounds already secured (12pm)

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