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Sochi Olympic Park ready for Formula One race (photos)

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Sochi Olympic Park has been transformed into the Sochi Autodrom for Sunday’s Formula One Russian Grand Prix.

Russian president Vladimir Putin is scheduled to be on hand this weekend, according to reports.

The Sochi Autodrom is 2.6 miles long with 19 turns, allowing a maximum speed of 199mph, according to RIA Novosti.

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How Sochi Olympic Park will look as F1 course (photos)

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On Oct. 12, the Sochi Olympic Park will host a Formula 1 race. Here’s what the transformed park will look like to host the Russian Grand Prix:

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Sochi to host World Chess Championships

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Sochi has added another major event to its post-Olympics schedule, the World Chess Championships.

Norwegian reigning champion Magnus Carlsen, 23, and Indian former champion Viswanathan Anand, 44, will play out their rematch from 2013 in a series of matches from Nov. 7-28, according to the World Chess Federation, citing Russian news agency Interfax.

Sochi has also hosted Fed Cup tennis since the Olympics and Paralympics ended. The city’s soccer team is expected to be revived, and the KHL hockey league is set to add a Sochi club for next season. Sochi is one of the host cities for the 2018 World Cup, too.

(h/t @BryanAGraham)

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