Riyadh to host Formula E opening race in December

Formula E's first championship was as recent as 2014 and Brasil's Lucas di Grassi is the current champion.
Updated 14 December 2018
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Riyadh to host Formula E opening race in December

  • Saudi Arabia capital gets green light to host spectacle of speed at the end of the year.
  • Hosting the race "aligns perfectly" with the country’s 2030 vision, Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal Al-Saud says.

The all-electric Formula E motor racing series will start its 2018-19 season in Saudi Arabia, the world’s top oil exporter, organizers announced on Thursday.
The December race in Riyadh’s Ad-Diriyah district, on the outskirts of the capital, will be the first involving the season five next generation cars and marks Formula E’s debut in the Middle East.
The city-based series said it had reached a 10-year agreement with the General Sports Authority and national motor federation.
“Saudi Arabia is looking to the future and Formula E is the motorsport of the future,” Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, vice-chair of the GSA, said in a statement on the Formula E website.
“It aligns perfectly with the country’s 2030 vision and offers the prospect of world-class racing on the streets of the capital for the first time in our history,” he added.
“This is the latest in a series of game-changing sports events that the people of Saudi Arabia will now be able to enjoy as families, with benefits that go far beyond the sport to deliver a positive impact across our society.”
“Many other sports are already increasing their presence in Saudi Arabia and we’re proud that they’ve chosen Formula E over other categories in racing,” said Formula E founder and chief executive Alejandro Agag.
“Most countries are now looking to Formula E, especially Saudi Arabia which is concentrating on the development of new technologies, renewable energies and electric vehicles.”
Saudi Arabia is targeting 9.5 gigawatts of annual renewable energy by 2023 in line with Vision 2030, an economic reform plan launched in 2016 to diversify the economy beyond oil.
The renewable program involves investment of between $30 billion and $50 billion by 2023.


Pacquiao dominates in retaining title against Broner

Updated 20 January 2019
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Pacquiao dominates in retaining title against Broner

  • It's not known if Pacquiao’s dominating win over Adrien Broner gets him a rematch with Floyd Mayweather
  • There were no knockdowns, but Pacquiao landed the heavier punches

LAS VEGAS: Manny Pacquiao showed Saturday night he’s still got plenty of fight for a fighter on the wrong side of 40.
Whether Pacquiao’s dominating win over Adrien Broner gets him a rematch with Floyd Mayweather, though, is a question that will have to be answered another night.
With Mayweather watching from ringside, Pacquiao showed flashes of his old speed in winning a unanimous 12-round decision over Broner to easily defend his piece of the welterweight title. It was the 61st win of a remarkable career in which Pacquiao has won titles in eight weight classes.
Fighting for the first time at the age of 40, the senator from the Philippines won a lopsided decision that was never in doubt before a crowd that roared at every punch he landed. The decision was never in doubt, but Pacquiao pressed the fight into the later rounds as he tried unsuccessfully to score a knockout.
Two judges favored Pacquiao by a 116-112 score, while the third had it 117-111. The AP scored it a shutout 120-108 for Pacquiao.
There were no knockdowns, but Pacquiao landed the heavier punches — and lots of them. He caught Broner in the seventh and ninth rounds with big left hands that sent him backward, while Broner spent most of the fight looking for one big counter that never came.
Pacquiao, whose pro career stretches back 24 years, showed he still has the speed that carried him over his spectacular career. He also displayed some power, though he was never able to drop Broner.