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other warnings we've replicates the other warnings we've received for rain, snow and strong wind and in this case it indicates elevated temperatures by day and night and the risk of some disruption along with knock—on effects to health. out there at the moment some showers across the far south—east of england. these are the temperatures by the end of the night for england and wales. still in the 20s. fresherfor for england and wales. still in the 20s. fresher for scotland and northern ireland in the mid teens. this high pressure is to thank for the settled weather story. tomorrow it means more sunshine. by tomorrow afternoon some showers again set to break out. temperatures close to 30 degrees to the south. these showers where of a closer look for tomorrow
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evening. across eastern england there could be some intense showers and some localised flooding. gusty wind as well. petering out into the small hours on wednesday. the high is with us again to the week. the chance of some showers wednesday afternoon. thursday sunshine and again the heat still the major story. if it is getting too much for you when is it going to turn fresher? it looks like friday and into the weekend, low pressure pushing up from the south—west pulling in cool airfrom pushing up from the south—west pulling in cool air from the atlantic but also accompanied by some hefty showers. all change by the end of the week. that is all from the bbc news at six and we joined the bbc news team is where you are. goodbye.
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hello, welcome to sportsday — i'm austin halewood. coming up this evening... it's almost time. the olympics are just four days away, but cases in tokyo continue to rise — some of them, inside the athlete's village. cases continue to rise here in england, but with restrictions lifted, capacity crowds return. there's one expected in manchester for england against pakistan. and open—top bus parades are back again... st helens are celebrating their first challenge cup win, in more than a decade. good evening. well there's not long to go now, the tokyo 0lympics get under way in less than four day's time — with the opening ceremoney
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on friday injapan. but even so, the build—up to the games continues to be marred by coronovirus. 21 south african footballers and officials are self—isolating, while eight members of team gb�*s athletics team also remain in isolation, after being in close contact with positive cases. from tokyo, rupert wingfield—hayes has more. i think they have been taken by surprise, almost at every stage in the run—up to the olympics over the last weeks and months. if you think back to march, we were talking about having stadiums full of spectators. we were talking about no compulsory testing of people coming into the country, certainly no talk of athletes having to be vaccinated before they came into the country. as time has gone on and the coveted pandemic has continued and then actually got worse here injapan in the last couple of months, we have
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seen the olympic authorities in response tightening further that 85% of athletes coming in will be vaccinated, there will be daily testing of everyone in the olympic bubble. they have been tightening and tightening and tightening. even last week, the president was saying that the olympics represented a zero risk to public health injapan, so that sort of sounds very much at odds when we see already, five days before the olympics opens so many cases of covid popping up in the olympic bay ledge, inside the only 0lympic bay ledge, inside the only big bubble and new cases being reported every day. these are not clusters committees are individual cases and they say they are not a threat to feel effects, nevertheless, they represent a real worry for the organisation and huge disruption for the athletes involved. there were advisories giving head of the games that they were measures that they should've taken, for example, there was an advisory from a group of specialists saying that in the olympic village, there should not be any sharing of
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rooms. that hasn't been done. so if you have one person who has tested positive, effectively, everyone that they are sharing accommodation within their team is going to have to isolate and not be able to carry on training, it impacts a much larger group of people than if we just had individual accommodation. they didn't take that advice, it's now pretty much too late to do anything about it. i think they will possibly increase the amount of testing, the regularity of testing, the intensive mess of testing to try to make sure a cluster cannot emerge. the cluster would be a really huge headache for the only big organisation and could affect their ability to put on some of the competitions. that is exactly what they want to avoid. reports wingfield hayes reporting from tokyo there. well, we spoke to rupert injapan earlier — and asked him if there do continue to be cases inside the athletes�* village — is there a chance, even at this late stage, that the games could be cancelled? ——well coronavirus rates continue to rise here in the uk too,
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but, 480 days after they were first brought in, all legal restrictions in england have been removed. that means capacity crowds are now allowed back at sporting events. there's expected to be one at emirates old trafford tomorrow night, for the deciding t20 international between england and pakistan. and chief executive of lancashire cricket club, daniel gidney, told me it's taken months of planning to be in a position to welcome back a full house once again... managing full crowds and having all of those customers and fans, when you haven't done it for nearly two years, it's kind of working with staff, muscle memory alongside the fact that you've got staff at different speeds, some staff that are raring to go, and you've got others that are a little cautious. so we prioritise mental health and well—being over the last 18 months as well and getting ourselves into position where we have had to literally mobilise from 25% to 100% crowd and effectively three days. how much of a difference is there in that revenue now that paul crowds are expected back? the that revenue now that paul crowds are expected back?— that revenue now that paul crowds are expected back? the match on its own, are expected back? the match on its own. probably _ are expected back? the match on its own, probably looking _ are expected back? the match on its own, probably looking at _ are expected back? the match on its
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own, probably looking at three - own, probably looking at three quarters of £1 million difference. so it's mat riel, and is for a t20 match that lasts three hours. so it's a material difference. a very comfortable that we have a plan that we can look after all of those things in a safe way and being respectful all that staff and customers are at a slightly different speed, not everyone sees freedom bay is freedom day, and we need to respect that step i do mention some of the fans there, obviously covid rates are rising here in england. there are obviously fans and people out there who would be uneasy about going back into a stadium failed with fans. but what would you say to them and what sort of safety measures have you got in place? we take this very, very seriously. last year, we hosted 21 days of international cricket behind closed doors, and that gave us a slightly different challenge in terms of managing a safe venue and actually managing the place that's got to significant cleaning
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frequencies. actually, that experience of doing behind closed doors cricket was in a secure bubble. it's given a significant experience of making sure an understanding what is required at one end of the spectrum. 0utdoors is seen as lower risk, so actually what we are doing is we are encouraging people to take a lateral flow test and we are encouraging people to still wear masks and hand washing as you would expect, but also crucially, and this is an important point is to respect the fact that different people have different perceptions on this, actually, if somebody is wearing a mask and somebody is wearing a mask and somebody else isn't wearing a mask, it's just to be aware that some people will be more nervous about this than others, but i think the main thing is we've got a number of things in place, and where hopefully looking for two people having a really safe but really fun day out, and i can tell you now, pakistan— england international 2020 is one of the noisiest events that you will ever go to.
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that's the chief executive of lancashire county cricket club speaking to me a little bit earlier. still to come on sportsday... from managing a professional football team, to struggling to fill a kettle. shrewsbury town manager steve cotterill tells us about his struggles with long—covid. i remember one night where i was a little bit frightened to go to sleep. i rememberthat little bit frightened to go to sleep. i remember that night. little bit frightened to go to sleep. i rememberthat night. i wasn't sure if i was going to wake up wasn't sure if i was going to wake up in the morning. now, mercedes and formula 0ne's governing bodies have come together to condemn the racist abuse aimed at lewis hamilton, after winning yesterday's british grand prix. in a joint statement they said "these people have no place in our sport. we urge that those responsible should be held accountable for their actions" — as they look to build a more diverse and inclusive sport. well the abuse came after hamilton was called "disrespectful" and "unsportsmanlike" by max verstappen,
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following their collision in the race at silverstone. well lets speak now to our formula one reporterjenny gow. jenny, we'll come on to the incident in a moment — but first of all weve seen the racist abuse of sports stars recently in other sports — and f1 must be disappointed that they're no exception. as he said, they have issued a joint statement between the fia, f1 and mercedes, and the other teams have also issued statements today saying that they condemn all of the actions that they condemn all of the actions that have taken place. they also say that have taken place. they also say that such unacceptable instances of online abuse must be highlighted and eliminated. i sat down with lewis hamilton on thursday and spoke about his feelings after that england match, and he said he wasn't really surprised. i mean, iwould love
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match, and he said he wasn't really surprised. i mean, i would love to sit down with him again now and find out his feelings, but i think the whole of the f1 community is just frustrated. the whole of the sporting community is frustrated that we find ourselves in this situation again.— on to the incident — the debate on who's to blame seems to be raging on — what did you make of it and, everyone is on a different side of the argument. i guess, after the way they've been competing was something like this inevitable? absolutely. it was a case of when, not if, in my humble opinion, and i've spent a large proportion of the day watching the incidents back and forward and back and forward to try and think what i really feel. for me, it's two of the very best f1 drivers with —— we had maybe ever seen fighting tooth and nail to win a world title that means so much to both of them. it would be the first world title for bible. he's never
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beenin world title for bible. he's never been in a position to challenge before he's never had the car underneath him, and he has what this red ball versus lewis hamilton in front of the home crowd and 33 points behind in the championship. we have seen already in races this year that hamilton has gone, 0k, we have seen already in races this year that hamilton has gone, ok, i will not get into this argument. you go first on track and this time, he couldn't afford to do that. he had to stand his ground and he did. it was unfortunate it was that seth a fast part of the track in the 180 mph was the collation of the car, absolutely in pieces. for me, it was absolutely in pieces. for me, it was a racing incident.— a racing incident. moving forward, how do you _ a racing incident. moving forward, how do you see — a racing incident. moving forward, how do you see that _ a racing incident. moving forward, how do you see that relationship l how do you see that relationship playing out now?— how do you see that relationship playing out now? outcome it's going to be fine moving _ playing out now? outcome it's going to be fine moving forward. _ playing out now? outcome it's going to be fine moving forward. i- playing out now? outcome it's going to be fine moving forward. i mean, l to be fine moving forward. i mean, come on. i think it's going to be prickly. i think they do have respect for each other, and i think there were a lot of emotions and yesterday's comments when maximus tappan said it was unsportsmanlike of lewis hamilton to be celebrating whilst he was in a hospital bed. i don't even really know if limit ——
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lewis hamilton knew that he was in hospital, certainly we didn't know as journalists and media and we have been asking all afternoon since the crash. so i think this season is a classic. we will be looking back at this for years and saying that 2021 season was the best we have had in decades. i season was the best we have had in decades. ., , season was the best we have had in decades. . , u, ., ., decades. i am sure we welcome and of course, this — decades. i am sure we welcome and of course, this incident _ decades. i am sure we welcome and of course, this incident slightly _ course, this incident slightly overshadowed the new sprint race style that was try out this weekend on saturday. but you were there, what was the general feeling about that? ., ~ ., ., ., that? you know what, the whole weekend was — that? you know what, the whole weekend was amazing. - that? you know what, the whole weekend was amazing. from - that? you know what, the whole j weekend was amazing. from the thursday when there is no track action at all the way through to the race on sunday, it was like a festival, everyone was happy to be back watching live sports, and it just felt great, and i think actually the sprint race did contribute to what happened on sunday because lewis hamilton had already lost one race. he had lost a point again in the championship and he didn't want to lose another race around the silverstein circuit. so i thought certainly for some races, it
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could be a good thing. i think we need to see more, and that is ok because we have another two plan for the season. it's not going to be a solution for every race weekend, but it is nice to mix it up and try something new every now and then. absolutely. jenny, thank you very much with a prickly rest of the season had between lewis hamilton and maximus tappan, thank you. now for a quick look at some of the day's other sports stories. the fa is launching an independent investigation into the events surrounding the euro 2020 final at wembley. some fans, without tickets, fought with stewards and police as they tried to break through security gates. british and irish lions captain alun wyn jones is fit for saturday's first test match against south africa. that's according to defence coach steve tandy. jones came on as a substitute in the lions' final warm—up game on saturday — just three weeks after dislocating his shoulder. and afterfour years in charge of edinburgh, richard cockerill has left as head coach. the club lost ten of their 16 league matches last season and said they allowed cockerill to leave
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and pursue other opportunities. this football season is one shrewsbury town manager steve cotterill is probably looking forward to more than most. the 56—year—old had two spells in hospital after catching covid and feared he might die. last week he was back on the touchline for the first time in seven months for a preseason friendly against telford. in his first tv interview since his return he told our reporter simon stone about his ordeal. if you look at me in the last six months, i have probably cried more in six months, and i don't cry all the time, you know, when we get to these moments can you think, i will remember that, these moments can you think, i will rememberthat, it these moments can you think, i will remember that, it is quite rossdale for me. i'm delighted i'm still here, thank god he didn't think my time was up.

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