The Philippines top the medals table at the 30th Southeast Asian Games held in Manila with a total of 387

The week in review

9th to 15th September

We begin on this occasion by looking ahead at a major sporting event starting in just under two weeks. The Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan promises to be a spectacular event and may even rival the previous tournament held in England and Wales in 2015. That says a lot considering that rugby is hardly a major sport in Japan. However, the hosting nation has come along in leaps and bounds proving themselves even further by winning the Pacific Nations Cup earlier in the year. This competition feature the likes of Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Canada and the USA as worthy competition, but Japan came through unbeaten. At the Rugby World Cup they feature in the same group as Ireland, Scotland and Samoa. With a very strong home support and a familiarity with the humid conditions, they may very likely surprise us all and qualify for the quarter-finals. Japan played a warm-up match on Friday against South Africa, the very team they shocked in 2015 in a group match in Brighton. However, on this occasion the Springboks won by 41-7. One of the factors that may affect many teams, will be the humidity. Teams will have to be very fit to maintain their normal intensity for 80 minutes. For this particular tournament, it may be the first time where at least seven nations have a real chance of reaching the final on the 2nd November. New Zealand are the favourites and also the defending champions and kick off the defense of their campaign against the very Springbok team who are already getting familiar with their surroundings in Japan. We look forward to the first match between the Brave Blossoms and Russia on Friday, 20th September. 

This week we once again have a full spectrum of sports on show. Some of the seasons are approaching the final few rounds as the northern hemisphere summer is drawing to a close. With the 2019 ISA World Surfing Games having started today in Miyazaki in Japan, Budapest host the World Urban Games starting on Friday. Until next time, have a great sporting week!

Air Sports

7th September to Thursday - 13th FAI World Cup of Artistic Events - Eloy, Arizona, USA

7th September to Saturday - 2019 Paragliding World Cup - Pico do Gaviao, Brazil

8th September to Friday - 2nd FAI World Air Navigation Race Championship - Santa Cruz, Portugal

8th to 18th September - 10th FAI World Paragliding Accuracy Championship - Vrsac, Serbia

Monday to Saturday - 2019 1st Women European Cup and 3rd Central European Cup - Szeged, Hungary

Thursday to 21st September - 63rd Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett - Montbéliard, France

Aquatics

Monday to Sunday - FINA World Women's Junior Water Polo Championships 2019 - Funchal, Portugal

Athletics

Monday to Tuesday - Europe vs USA Match - Minsk, Belarus

Bocce

Tuesday to Sunday - European Seniors Championship - Innsbruck, Austria

Friday to 17th September - Asian - Oceanian Juniors Championship - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Badminton

Tuesday to Sunday - Yonex-Sunrise Vietnam Open 2019 - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Baseball

7th September to Sunday - European Championship - Various

Basketball

31st August to Sunday - FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 - Beijing, Dongguan, Foshan, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Wuhan, China

Bodyboarding

Tuesday to Sunday - World Tour - Sintra Portugal Pro - Praia Grande, Sintra, Portugal

Bodybuilding

5th September to Monday - South American Championship - Quito, Ecuador

6th September to Monday - Diamond Cup - Lebanon

Saturday to Sunday - Poland Expo - Warsaw, Poland

Bowling

2nd September to Tuesday - 2019 World Bowling Senior Championship - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Boxing

7th to 21st September - AIBA Men's World Championships - Ekaterinburg, Russia

Bridge

Saturday to 28th September - 44th World Bridge Team Championships & 12th World Transnational Open Teams - Wuhan, China

Canoe & Kayaking

Monday to Sunday - 2019 ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World - Saint-Pierre de Quiberon, France

Thursday to Sunday - 2019 ICF Dragon Boat Club Crew World - Kiev, Ukraine

Thursday to 16th September - 2019 2nd Training ICF Canoe Slalom World - La Seu D'Urgell, Spain

Casting Sports

Friday to Sunday - World Cup Casting Tournament - Szamotuly, Poland

Chess

Monday to 4th October - World Cup 2019 - Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia

Tuesday to Saturday - World Youth U14, U16, U18 Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships 2019 - Salobrena, Spain

Cliff Diving

Saturday - Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2019 - Bilbao, Spain

Cricket

5th September to Monday - Bangladesh v Afghanistan (Only Test) - Chittagong, Bangladesh

Wednesday - West Indies Women v Australia Women (3rd ODI) - North Sound, Antigua & Barbuda

Thursday to 16th September - England v Australia (5th Test) - London, England

Friday - Bangladesh v Zimbabwe (Tri-Series) - Mirpur, Bangladesh

Saturday - Afghanistan v Zimbabwe (Tri-Series) - Mirpur, Bangladesh

Sunday - Bangladesh v Afghanistan (Tri-Series) - Mirpur, Bangladesh; India v South Africa (1st T20I) - Dharamsala, India; Ireland v The Netherlands (Tri-Series) - Dublin, Ireland; West Indies Women v Australia Women (1st T20I) - Bridgetown, Barbados

Crossminton

Saturday to 16th September - World Series - ICO Crossminton Japan Autumn Open powered by Speedminton - Omiya, Japan 

Cycling

24th August to Sunday - Road - La Vuelta Ciclista a España - Spain

Thursday to Sunday - Para - 2019 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships - Emmen, The Netherlands

Friday - Road - Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec - Canada

Friday to Saturday - BMX - UCI BMX Supercross World Cup - Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA

Saturday - Cyclo-Cross - Telenet UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup - Iowa City, Iowa, USA

Saturday to Sunday - Road - WNT Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta - Spain

Sunday - MTB - UCI MTB Eliminator World Cup - Winterberg, Germany

Sunday - Road - Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal - Canada

Dance Sports

Saturday - 2019 WDC European Championship - Professional Latin-American Showdance - Tyumen, Russia

Draughts

Saturday to 4th October - World Championship - Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast

Equestrian

Thursday to Sunday - Showjumping - Longines Global Champions League - St. Tropez, France

Saturday - Group 1 Racing - William Hill St Leger Stakes - Doncaster, England; Qipco Irish Champion Stakes; Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes - Leopardstown, Ireland

Sunday - Group 1 Racing - Qatar Prix Vermeille - Longchamp, France; Moyglare Stud Stakes; Comer Group International Irish St Leger; Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes; Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes - Curragh, Ireland 

Floorball

Wednesday to Sunday - Women's U19 WFC 2020 EUR Qualification - Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy

Football

27th August to 24th September - AFC Cup - Various

Monday to Wednesday - UEFA European Qualifiers - Various

Games

7th September to Sunday - 2019 ISA World Surfing Games presented by Vans - Miyazaki, Japan

Friday to Sunday - World Urban Games - Budapest, Hungary

Golf

Thursday to Sunday - ANA Open - Hokkaido, Japan; Classic Golf and Country Club International Championship - Gurgaon, India; KLM Open, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Military Tribute at The Greenbrier - White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, USA

Friday to Sunday - The Solheim Cup - Gleneagles, Scotland

Gymnastics

Friday to Sunday - FIG World Cup 2019 - Lisbon, Portugal

Judo

Thursday to Saturday - European Junior Championships - Vantaa, Finland

Sunday - European Junior Mixed Team Championships 2019 - Vantaa, Finland

Ju-Jitsu

Friday to Sunday - Balkan Open Championship - U12, U14, U16 World Cup - Bucharest, Romania

Kite Sports

6th September to Sunday - GKA Kite-Surf and Freestyle World Tour - Bel Ombre, Mauritius

Thursday to 17th September - IKA Kitefoil World Series - Pingtan, China

Sunday to 22nd September - GKA Park World Tour - Icapui, Brazil

Motorcycling

Sunday - FIM MXGP - MXGP of China - Shanghai, China

Sunday - FIM MotoGP - Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini - Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy

Motor Racing

Thursday to Sunday - FIA Rally - Rally of Turkey 

Thursday to Sunday - FIA Touring Car - Race of China - Ningbo Speedpark, China

Saturday to Sunday - FIA Rallycross - Neste World RX of Latvia 

Mountaineering

Sunday - Migu Skyrunner World Series - Zacup Skyrace - Pasturo, Italy

Mountain Running

Saturday - WMRA World Cup Race #6 Drei-Zinnenlauf - Sexten, Italy

Para Sports

28th August to Monday - 2019 Men's European Championships Division A - Walbrzych, Poland

Monday to Sunday - World Para Swimming Championships - London, England

Sunday to 22nd September - 2nd West Asia Para Games - Amman, Jordan

Sunday to 24th September - IBSA Blind Football European Championships 2019 Division 1 - Rome, Italy

Poker

Saturday - WPT Japan - Tokyo, Japan

Sunday - WPT Borgata Poker Open - Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA

Powerboating

Saturday to Sunday - P1 Aquacross - Cavalaire-Sur-Mer, France

Powerlifting

Saturday to 21st September - Commonwealth Powerlifting & Bench Press Championships - St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada

Racketlon

Friday to Sunday - World Tour - IWT Finnish Open - Helsinki, Finland

Roller Sports

Monday to Sunday - World Skate Park Skateboarding World Championship - São Paulo, Brazil

Rowing

Wednesday to Sunday - 2019 World Rowing Masters Regatta - Lake Valence, Hungary

Running

Sunday - Blackmores Sydney Marathon - Sydney, Australia; Sanlam Cape Town Marathon - Cape Town, South Africa; Copenhagen Half Marathon - Copenhagen, Denmark

Sambo

Friday to Sunday - Asian Sambo Championships (M&W, Combat Sambo) & Asian Youth and Junior Sambo Championships (M&W) - New Delhi, India

Ski & Snowboarding

Thursday to Saturday - FIS Masters Cup - Nevados de Chilian - Chile

Thursday to Sunday - FIS Masters Cup - Nevados de Chilian - Brazil; FIS Grass Skiing World Cup - Schilpario, Italy; FIS Roller Skiing World Cup (Junior & Senior) - Trento/Val di Fiemme, Italy

Saturday to Sunday - FIS Roller Skiing World Cup and Stage World Cup (Junior & Senior) - Val di Fiemme/Ziano, Italy

Sport Stacking

Saturday to Sunday - WSSA 2019 Inter-School Sport Stacking Championships - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Softball

7th September to Sunday - U18 Men's Softball Asia Cup - Singapore

Squash

Monday to Saturday - World Tour - Open de France - Nantes 2019 presented by Tailor Capital - Nantes, France

Table Hockey

Saturday - World Tour - Edmonton Centennial Challenge Cup of Table Hockey - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Table Soccer

Thursday to Sunday - World Series by Leonhart - St. Wendel, Germany

Table Tennis

Sunday to 22nd September - ITTF-ATTU Asian Table Tennis Championships - Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Taekwondo

Friday to Sunday - Chiba 2019 World Taekwondo Grand Prix - Chiba, Japan

Tennis

Monday to Sunday - Hana-cupid Japan Women's Open - Hiroshima, Japan (WTA); Jiangxi Open - Nanchang, China (WTA); Zhengzhou Open - Zhengzhou, China (WTA)

Friday to Sunday - Davis Cup Groups I and II - Various

Triathlon

Thursday to Saturday - 2019 Almere-Amsterdam ETU Challenge Long Distance Triathlon European Championships - Esplanade, The Netherlands

Saturday - 2019 Valencia ETU Paratriathlon European Championships - Valencia, Spain

Saturday to Sunday - 2019 Valencia ETU Triathlon U23 European Championships - Valencia, Spain

Volleyball

5th September to Saturday - FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship - Cairo, Egypt

Tuesday to Saturday - Men's South American Championship 2019 - Temuco y Santiago - Chile

Saturday to 29th September - FIVB Volleyball World Cup Japan 2019 for Women - Japan

Waterski & Wakeboarding

7th September to Sunday - 2019 IWWF World Waterski Racing Championships - Vichy, France

Weightlifting

6th September to Thursday - African Youth and Junior Championships - Kampala, Uganda

Windsurfing

Monday to Saturday - 2019 Waterz Festival - Hvide Sande, Denmark

Wrestling

Saturday to 22nd September - Senior World Championships - Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

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