Indian GP promoters rubbish cancellation rumors

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The promoters of the Indian Grand Prix, Jaypee Sports International, have moved to silence rumors suggesting that the race could be dropped from the 2014 calendar.

Formula One is set to expand to 21 races for 2014, but many of the teams have suggested that a cap of 20 may be better for all involved with the sport. However, with attendance numbers failing to impress during the first two races at Buddh International Circuit, many believe that the race could be dropped, but a spokesperson for Jaypee Sports International suggested that these rumors were unsupported.

“Our agreement with Formula One Management is to hold F1 races at Buddh International Circuit (BIC) til 2015, and we are fully committed to do that,” JPSI told the New Indian Express.

“There is no reason for us to give up hosting F1 races. In fact, JPSI is keen to get some more international car and bike races to BIC, besides F1 and World Superbike Championship which will be held this year on November 17.

“We are fully committed to promoting motorsport in India in collaboration with local government and global and local motorsport organisations.”

The Indian Grand Prix debuted in 2011, and Buddh International Circuit is set to host its third grand prix at the end of October.

Alex Zanardi showing signs of interaction three months after crash

Alex Zanardi recovery
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MILAN — Italian racing driver turned Paralympic gold medalist Alex Zanardi has started responding to treatment with signs of interaction, more than three months after he was seriously injured in a handbike crash.

Zanardi has spent most of that time in intensive care after crashing into an oncoming truck during a relay event near the Tuscan town of Pienza on June 19.

“For several days now. Alex Zanardi has undergone cognitive and motor rehabilitation sessions, with the administration of visual and acoustic stimuli, to which the patient responds with momentary and initial signs of interaction,” the San Raffaele hospital in Milan said in a statement Thursday.

The hospital said that is “significant progress” but added that his condition remains serious, and that it would be “absolutely premature” to make a long-term prognosis.

Zanardi, 53, suffered serious facial and cranial trauma in the crash and was put in a medically induced coma. Doctors have warned of possible brain damage.

He was operated on several times to stabilize him and reconstruct his severely damaged face and the Milan hospital added that he recently had undergone another surgery to reconstruct his skull and would have another one in the coming weeks.

Zanardi lost both of his legs in an auto racing crash nearly 20 years ago. He won four gold medals and two silvers at the 2012 and 2016 Paralympics. He also competed in the New York City Marathon and set an Ironman record in his class.