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What happens to F1 if Bahrain is cancelled?

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Gordon Farquhar | 16:06 UK time, Friday, 18 February 2011

The cancellation of the GP2 series event in Bahrain against the background of continuing unrest in the Gulf state's capital Manama has raised serious concern about the viability of the F1 season opener on 13 March.

Bernie Ecclestone has promised a decision on whether the race can go ahead next week. At present, the Bahraini authorities are trying to sound optimistic. Cancelling the event would be a huge blow to them.

Constructed in time for the 2004 season, at an initial cost cost of around £100m, the area surrounding the circuit has since been identified for a huge investment project worth more than £1bn.

It'll house business, entertainment and educational space, according to the planners. Perhaps they cast an envious eye in the direction of their Gulf neighbours in Abu Dhabi, where the extraordinary Yas Island project is the home of the state's own Grand Prix. The track costs alone reportedly stand at £800m. The Island? More than £25bn.

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Met sets sights on Olympic touts

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Gordon Farquhar | 16:51 UK time, Thursday, 17 February 2011

I'll never forget the buzz of walking along with the crowds towards my first ever live experience of a finals night at the Olympic Games.

It was in Atlanta in 1996, where I was covering swimming for the BBC's World Service.

Tickets for the aquatics events were highly sought after, with United States swimmers expected to dominate. As you'd expect, the black market was flourishing.

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West Ham out to buck stadium trend

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Gordon Farquhar | 14:10 UK time, Wednesday, 2 February 2011

The Olympic Park Legacy Company should soon have all the information it needs to make a decision over whether Tottenham or West Ham should be allowed to use the Olympic Stadium after the Games.

The debate was getting close to fever pitch a couple of weeks ago and although the heat has subsided a little, the fundamental question remains over the legacy for athletics.

What divides the Premier League clubs is the removal of the track.

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