NEXT YEAR will see eight countries in Central and Eastern Europe joining of the European Union, along with Malta and Cyprus. With this in mind, the European Commission announced proposals on October 1 that envisage extension of the Trans-European Transport Network into Eastern Europe, so helping to cement the accession countries into the union.The TEN-T concept dates back to the ’Essen strategy’ of 1994. Then, as now, much emphasis was placed on improvements to existing rail corridors and construction of new lines – reflecting a widely-held view that huge sums of money have been spent on motorways in the last three decades, and that rail should now benefit in similar measure. However, only three of the 14 original projects have been completed. The latest TEN-T proposals are based on a study by former Transport Commissioner Karel van Miert published earlier this year (RG 9.03 p473). Additional rail routes for completion between 2010 and 2015 include extension of the Lyon – Trieste corridor east to the Ukrainian border via Ljubljana and Budapest, with a branch from Divaca to Koper; a north-south corridor from Athens to Nürnberg and Dresden via Kulata, Sofia and the Vidin – Calafat link into Romania; Budapest – Curtici – Arad – Brasov; and Gdansk – Wien via Warszawa, Katowice, Brno and Breclav, with a parallel route south from Katowice to Bratislava via Zilina and Nove Mesto n
NASCAR and simulation racing platform iRacing have joined forces to launch the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series.The series will see drivers from the NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series, and the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series competing in a multi-week series starting on March 22nd. Image credit: NASCARRELATED: Coca-Cola named entitlement sponsor of eNASCAR iRacing SeriesNASCAR has postponed events until May 3rd amid the coronavirus pandemic, enabling the Pro Invitational Series to take place on iRacing, a sim-racing platform that is regularly used by NASCAR drivers for practice and preparation.Ben Kennedy, Vice President of Racing Development at NASCAR, discussed the need for the series in a release: “Until we have cars back on track, the entire NASCAR community has aligned to provide our passionate fans with a unique, fun and competitive experience on race day. Our long-time partners at iRacing offer an incredible product and we are excited to see how many of our best drivers will stack up in the virtual domain of competitive racing.”RELATED: Bolt28 to host sim racing tournament in PhilippineseNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series will feature notable names from the Cup Series including Dale Earnhardt Jr, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Larson, and Christopher Bell.Recently, Coca-Cola became the entitlement sponsor for the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series, the longest-running sim-racing championship. Featuring teams owned by NASCAR drivers, 40 racers will compete for a share of $300,000 (£251,760)Esports Insider says: With numerous motorsport series postponed, sim-racing has already seen a significant boost in viewership thanks to several drivers turning their hand to virtual racing. With NASCAR introducing an official iRacing series, this could be the start for others to create esports initiatives involving some of its biggest competitors.Read The Esports Journal
But Le Gall now claims that Ribery could have played if the France team had listened to him rather than another doctor, while he also said Ribery’s own fears hampered his willingness to take such a route.“Franck belongs to a club where the treatment for all problems, whatever they are, starts from a base of injections,” said Le Gall.“He can have 10, 20, 25, 40 per problem, per year. We could have chosen this option, which we didn’t do.“The time came when he couldn’t cope with any more injections, so we didn’t do it because he’s afraid of injections.“There was no reason for him not to play at the World Cup but seeing as I’m less well known than certain others, they went to Professor Saillant,” said Le Gall, in reference to the sports medicine specialist who has treated the likes of rugby star Dan Carter and Formula One legend Michael Schumacher.“The exam at the clinic was very reassuring with Professor Saillant but he didn’t manage to get past the pain and we didn’t find any solutions for him to play with pain.“He has a lumbago (lower back pain) which has been going on for a few weeks. He had a three-week rest and then played one match he shouldn’t have (the German Cup final) where he came on (as a substitute) before having to go off again.”Le Gall said that if Ribery rests over the summer he will need six to eight weeks to recover, which should allow him to be fit for the start of the new Bundesliga season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000RIBEIRÃO PRETO, June 13 – Franck Ribery could have played at the World Cup if he wasn’t afraid of injections, the France team’s doctor Franck Le Gall claimed Thursday.A week ago Bayern Munich star Ribery pulled out of the World Cup due to a back injury that virtually stopped him running.