Silverstone will continue to host the British Grand Prix until at least 2024 following the announcement of a new five-year deal yesterday. Formula 1 chairman Chase Carey says: “We are thrilled to have this in place. Silverstone is a signature race on the calendar and a special event.” The agreement between F1, the British Racing Drivers’ Club and Silverstone Circuit was signed earlier this week in London, ahead of this weekend’s racing on the prestigious Northamptonshire circuit. Carey adds: “We have always said that, if it is to have a long-term future, our sport must preserve its historic venues and Silverstone and Great Britain represent the cradle of this sport, its starting point back in 1950.”
Football: Milan soccer clubs submit $1.3BN, 60,000-seat stadium plan
AC Milan and Inter Milan are jointly asking city officials for permission to build a 60,000-seat stadium replacing the iconic San Siro. The clubs say they plan a privately funded 1.2 billion euros (USD1.35 billion) project to become a “sports, entertainment, and shopping” hub creating 3,500 jobs. They say building a new arena next to the city-owned Guiseppe Meazza stadium is a better option than the uncertainty of renovation. The technical and economic study submitted yesterday “aims at obtaining the declaration of public interest from the Municipality of Milan.” A detailed architecture plan would follow later that “honors Milan’s reputation for innovation and internationalization.” The clubs describe a “shared journey together (toward) a modern, sustainable and accessible urban district in the San Siro area, built around a new world-class stadium.”
Rugby: South African rugby wing James Small dies at 50
James Small, a rugby wing who won the World Cup with South Africa in 1995, has died. He was 50. The South African Rugby Union said Small suffered a suspected heart attack yesterday [Macau time] in Johannesburg. Small played 47 Tests for South Africa between 1992 and 1997, scoring 27 tries, and was a key part of the team which won the World Cup on home soil in 1995. The 15-12 victory over New Zealand in the final by South Africa’s integrated team was a symbolic moment for the country, coming shortly after the end of apartheid. In the final, Small lined up opposite New Zealand’s star player Jonah Lomu and successfully prevented him from scoring.