Indy 500 to reduce fan capacity to 25 per cent for postponed race

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis 500 will limit fan attendance to 25% of capacity and lift a local broadcast blackout for just the second time in nearly seven decades when the postponed race is run next month at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Speedway officials released a detailed 88-page plan Wednesday for conducting the 104th edition of the race in the age of the coronavirus. The first race under new track owner Roger Penske was scheduled for Memorial Day weekend, but the outbreak of the virus caused it to be rescheduled for Aug. 23.

Penske Entertainment chief executive Mark Miles acknowledged “everything will be different about this year’s race.”

Capacity will be limited to 87,500 fans at the massive speedway. Everyone will be required to wear masks and have their temperatures checked. Tickets will be distributed so that groups of fans are socially distanced and many ancillary events, such as Legends Day and the 500 Festival Parade, have been cancelled.

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New boss Jorge Luis Pinto sure about ‘determination and ability’ of UAE to make World Cup

Jorge Luis Pinto was convinced about the UAE’s “determination and ability” to make World Cup 2022, even prior to meeting his new charges for the first time.

Pinto, 67, was unveiled on Wednesday afternoon as the Whites’ fifth permanent head coach in three, tumultuous, years. The intense Colombian then travelled from the UAE Football Association’s Al Khawaneej base to Al Ain’s glorious Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, where a training camp with 28 players is now under way until July 27 within the three-part process of getting the side in shape for October’s critical resumption of the second-round qualifiers.

“Training the UAE is an attractive and wonderful challenge,” said the tactician who, famously, guided Costa Rica to World Cup 2014’s quarter-finals. “I am more than willing to go to the World Cup with them.

“I know the difficulty of the task, because we will face strong teams. But I am sure of the determination and ability of the players to overcome it and be present for the second time at the World Cup.”

Pinto was announced as replacement for Ivan Jovanovic on June 29, the Serbian lasting only 106 days and not leading a single match because of coronavirus.

He has inherited a team who sit fourth in Group G, five points off leaders Vietnam albeit with a game in hand. They face Malaysia at home on October 8, before travelling to battle Indonesia five days later.

Crunch clashes against Thailand and Vietnam, both at home, await on November 12 and 17. Only section winners are guaranteed to progress to the third round, alongside the four best runners-up from the eight pools.

The UAE have only previously made the 1990 edition.

Introductory sessions in the Garden City – with the naturalised trio of Al Nasr striker Sebastian Tagliabue, Al Ain attacker

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Mbappe to stay at PSG next season ‘whatever happens’

Paris Saint-Germain’s French forward Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring a goal during the Friendly football match between Le Havre Athletic Club and Paris Saint-Germain at the Stade Oceane, in Le Havre, on July 12, 2020. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP)

Kylian Mbappe said on Tuesday he would remain with French champions Paris Saint-Germain next season “whatever happens” despite constant speculation over his future.

“I’m here. I’m part of the project for a fourth year,” Mbappe, 21, told BeIn Sport during half-time of PSG’s 4-0 win over Celtic in a friendly played in front of around 5,000 fans at the Parc des Princes.

“The club’s 50-year anniversary is an important one in the eyes of the club, the supporters, of everyone, so I will be here whatever happens.”

“I’m going to try and bring back trophies with the team and give the best of myself,” added Mbappe, who arrived at PSG from Monaco in 2017 in a deal worth 180 million euros ($208 million).

Real Madrid has regularly been linked with a move for Mbappe, but club president Florentino Perez said last week the Spanish champions would not make any big signings this summer.

“Kylian has a contract with us, we’re not ready to sell him. He is super important, he’s a key player, our player. It’s a gift to work with him,” said PSG coach Thomas Tuchel.

“It’s super. There’s a really nice connection between him and Neymar. It makes it fun for everyone. It’s a real strength for PSG. It’s great like that.”

Mbappe opened the scoring for PSG against the Scottish champions in the first minute after he was played in behind the Celtic defense by Neymar.

The Brazil star added a second with a deflected effort on 25 minutes in PSG’s final tune-up ahead of the

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