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Published May 2, 2011
HARD TO RESIST? In London, Jacquelin Magnay reports Qatari officials “plan to unveil retractable seating and a brand new athletics track at their flagship Khalifa Stadium in their bid to host” the ‘17 World Track & Field Championships. The Qataris “plan to revamp Khalifa, a 50,000 seat football stadium, to accommodate a new running track with retractable seating so that it can then be converted to host one of the semifinal FIFA world cup matches” (London TELEGRAPH, 5/2).
SAFETY FIRST: In Charlotte, Jim Utter notes NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon on Saturday wrecked at Richmond Int'l Raceway at an area where "SAFER barriers have not been installed." Utter asks “Why, 10 years after the death of one of NASCAR’s biggest stars, are there still areas of race tracks not covered by the SAFER barriers?” The barriers “certainly … have proved effective," so there is “little excuse that a decade isn’t long enough to rectify this problem” (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 5/2).