JANUARY 29, 2002
Russia to make more effort in sport
The government believes that the decline in sporting activities has led to poorer health and problems with crime and drug addiction amongst young people and is planning to look at ways of reversing these trends by raising the role of sport within Russia.
While much of the emphasis will go on physical sports such as athletics, there are likely to be discussions about the role that could be played by motorsport as Russia is planning for a Formula 1 Grand Prix in the southern suburbs of Moscow within two years. It remains to be seen whether the race will actually happen as all the financial details have to be sorted out and a place found on the F1 calendar but construction work is underway on Nagatino Island to build a F1-spec racing facility.