F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone "has cast doubt on Interlagos hosting the Brazilian Grand Prix beyond 2015," according to Luke Smith of NBC SPORTS' Motor Sports Talk. The historic track in São Paulo "has become a favorite among drivers and fans alike." However, Ecclestone "could be set to terminate the track's contract in favor of a race in Rio." Ecclestone said, "I've been unhappy with São Paulo for some time because the facilities need a big facelift. We could be in Rio for the Olympic year" (NBC SPORTS, 3/30).
Events and Attractions
Indian Premier League Kolkata Knight Riders co-Owner and Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan on Monday promised a "spectacular and never-seen-before" opening ceremony of the IPL 6 to be held at the Salt Lake stadium on Tuesday. The opening ceremony of IPL 6, described as "the greatest show ever in India by the organizers, would stay true to its theme of 'cricketainment.'" Shah Rukh said, "The opening night of IPL 2013 will be a spectacular ceremony, the likes of which India has never seen before." The Salt Lake stadium, mainly used for hosting football matches, "has been decorated in a lavish way, which includes a mammoth-size stage for the opening show." The opening ceremony will have cheerleaders, flying drummers, gymnasts, rhythm acrobats, stilt-walkers, air-tumblers and mass dancers "coming together to entertain the audiences." A huge podium has been erected, "while the artificial turf is being covered with a rubber mat, where the artists will perform" (PTI, 4/1).