The overall winner at the FIA Endurance World Championship - Lone Star Le Mans in Austin, Texas, is team Rebellion Racing

The week in review

20th to 26th January

An interesting observation that took place on Friday in South Africa in a cricket test match between the hosts and England. The ICC, the international cricket governing body, have a rule in place that penalizes a bowler should there be over exuberant celebrations too near the batsman whose wicket has just been taken. The South African player in question has been penalized before and by committing the action again, has now been banned for one match. Ironically, if the bowler celebrated in the same manner at the opposite end of the wicket, it may likely have been overlooked. We gather getting too near your opponent's personal space while celebrating may be viewed as antagonistic behaviour and we understand that. What we do not understand is that in the previous test match and in many others, a player was fined for sledging and using bad language, which was heard on the stump microphone and therefore on live television. Sledging has been part of cricket for a long time, but it can often get out of hand and very personal. Bad language in sport is not acceptable, especially not on live television. We feel the ICC should have dealt more harshly that just a 15% match fee fine with the sledging incident. Both could be viewed as antagonistic, but is penalizing a player for the manner of their celebration not taking the emotion out of the game? Much can still be debated over the incident. What is clear is that a ruling like this has the ability to come back and cause big problems for the rule makers if they do not show consistency in future incidents like these. We will watch it closely. 

Back to the week ahead and the top event starting on Monday is the Australian Open in Melbourne. This is the first Tennis Grand Slam tournament of the year and after a particularly difficult recent time for the host nation, we wish their local stars all the best. We are in the final stretch of the Women's Chess World Championship. The latest is that Aleksandra Goryachkina leads by one point and the current world champion Ju Wenjun only has four games remaining to overturn the score and retain the title. The Dakar Rally 2020, the toughest motor racing event in the world, had the final stage on Friday. Very sadly, this year's event claimed the life of a motorcycle rider. The FIA Rally World Championship 2020 season starts this week with the showpiece event in Monte-Carlo. We also have the first road race of the UCI WorldTour starting in Australia. With the Youth Olympic Games closing in Lausanne this week, Aspen in Colorado is gearing up to welcome the X Games over the weekend. 

We wish you a good week ahead.

Aesthetic Group Gymnastics

Friday to Sunday - Mall Kalve Memorial Cup - Tallinn, Estonia

Athletics

Saturday - New Balance Indoor Grand Prix - Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Badminton

Tuesday to Sunday - Princess Sirivannavari Thailand Masters 2020 - Bangkok, Thailand

Bandy

Friday to Sunday - 2020 World Championship Boys 19 - Helsinki, Finland

Biathlon

Monday to Sunday - BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon - Pokljuka, Slovenia

Thursday to 2nd February - Youth/Junior World Championships - Lenzerheide, Switzerland

Bobsleigh

Friday to Saturday - Para Sport World Cup - St. Moritz, Switzerland

Saturday to Sunday - BMW IBSF World Cup - Königssee, Germany

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Monday to Sunday - European IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship - Lisbon, Portugal

Bridge

13th January to Wednesday - 79th International Bridge Tournament St. Moritz - St. Moritz, Switzerland

Chess

3rd January to Sunday - Women's World Chess Championship 2020 - Shanghai, China / Vladivostok, Russia

Cricket

16th January to Monday - South Africa v England (3rd Test) - Port Elizabeth, South Africa

17th January to 9th February -  ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020 - South Africa

Friday - New Zealand v India (1st T20I) - Auckland, New Zealand; Pakistan v Bangladesh (1st T20I) - Lahore, Pakistan

Friday to 28th January - South Africa v England (4th Test) - Johannesburg, South Africa

Saturday - New Zealand Women v South Africa Women (1st ODI) - Auckland, New Zealand; Pakistan v Bangladesh (2nd T20I) - Lahore, Pakistan

Sunday - New Zealand v India (2nd T20I) - Auckland, New Zealand

Cycling

Tuesday to Sunday - UCI WorldTour - Santos Tour Down Under - Australia

Friday to Sunday - Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup - Milton, Canada

Sunday - 2019 - 2020 Telenet UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup - Hoogerheide Provincie Noord-Brabant, The Netherlands

Dance Sports

Saturday to Sunday - 2020 Crystal Ball - WDC World Ranking / World Series Event - St. Petersburg, Russia

Draughts

Tuesday to 28th January - Ouagadougou Open World Cup - Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Equestrian

Tuesday to Saturday - Jumping World Cup - Abu Dhabi, UAE

Wednesday to Sunday - Dressage World Cup - Wellington, Florida, USA; Jumping World Cup - Guadalajara, Mexico

Thursday to Sunday - Jumping World Cup - Boneo, Victoria, Australia; FEI Multi-discipline - Jumping Amsterdam - Amsterday, The Netherlands

Saturday - Pegasus World Cup; Pegasus World Cup Turf - Gulfstream Park, Florida, USA

Fencing

Friday to Saturday - Mediterranean Championship - Tunis ,Tunisia

Friday to Sunday - Grand Prix du Qatar - Doha, Qatar

Saturday to Sunday - Junior Women's and Men's Individual World Cup (foil) - San-Jose, California, USA

Games

9th January to Wednesday - Youth Olympic Games - Lausanne, Switzerland

Thursday to Sunday - X Games - Aspen, Colorado, USA

Golf

Thursday to Saturday - Gauteng Team Championship hosted by Dainfern - Johannesburg, South Africa

Thursday to Sunday - Omega Dubai Desert Classic - Dubai, UAE; Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio - Boca Raton, Florida, USA; Farmers Insurance Open - San Diego, California, USA

Hockey

Friday - Pro League Men - Spain v Germany - Valencia, Spain; Pro League Women - USA v The Netherlands - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

Saturday - Pro League Men and Women - Australia v Belgium - Sydney, Australia; Pro League Men - Spain v Germany - Valencia, Spain

Sunday - Pro League Men and Women - Australia v Belgium - Sydney, Australia; Pro League Women - USA v The Netherlands - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

Ice Hockey

Saturday to 28th January - 2020 IIHF U18 Women's World Championship Division II, Group A - Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Judo

Thursday to Saturday - World Tour - Tel Aviv Grand Prix 2020 - Tel Aviv, Israel

Karate

Friday to Sunday - Karate 1 Premier League - Paris, France

Kite Sports

Wednesday to Sunday - IKA Snowkite World Cup Roccaraso - Alto Sangro, Italy

Luge

Friday to Sunday - FIL Luge World Cup on Natural Track - Deutschnofen, Italy

Saturday to Sunday - Viessmann World Cup; BMW Sprint World Cup - Sigulda, Latvia; FIL Junior Luge World Cup on Natural Track - St. Sebastian, Austria

Marathon Ski

Sunday - FIS Worldloppet - Marcialonga 70 km - Predazzo, Italy

Motor Racing

Thursday to Sunday - FIA Rally World Championship - Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Mountaineering

Thursday to Sunday - 2019 - 2020 Ice Climbing World Tour - Saas-Fee, Switzerland

Netball

Wednesday - Vitality Netball Nations Cup 2020 - Jamaica v New Zealand; England v South Africa - Birmingham, England

Saturday - Vitality Netball Nations Cup 2020 - New Zealand v South Africa; England v Jamaica - London, United Kingdom

Sunday - Vitality Netball Nations Cup 2020 - Finals - London, United Kingdom

Parkour

Friday to Sunday - 2020 USA Parkour Cup - Tampa, Florida, USA

Poker

Sunday to 30th January - WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open - Borgata, NY, USA

Polo

11th January to 1st February - Yivisaker Cup - USA

Raquetball

Thursday to Sunday - Tier One World Tour - 42nd Lewis Drug Pro/Am - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA

Rugby

Saturday to Sunday - HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2020 (Men and Women) - Hamilton, New Zealand

Running

Friday - Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon - Dubai, UAE

Sunday - Osaka Women's Marathon - Osaka, Japan; 88th Cinque Mulini - San Vittore Olona, Italy

Sailing

19th January to Saturday - Hempel World Cup Series - Miami, Florida, USA

Savate

Saturday - Budapest Open - Budapest, Hungary

Skating

Monday to Sunday - ISU European Figure Skating Championships - Graz, Austria

Friday to Sunday - ISU European Short Track Speed Skating Championships - Debrecen, Hungary

Skeleton

Thursday to Friday - Intercontinental Cup - Lake Placid, NY, USA

Friday - BMW IBSF World Cup - Königssee, Germany

Friday to Saturday - Europe Cup - Altenberg, Germany

Saturday - Junior European Championships - Altenberg, Germany

Ski & Snowboarding

Tuesday to Sunday - FIS Men's Alpine World Cup - Kitzbuehel, Austria

Wednesday to Thursday - FIS Snowboard Slopestyle World Cup - Seiser Alm, Italy

Thursday to Sunday - Audi FIS Women's Alpine Ski World Cup Bansko 2020 - Bansko, Bulgaria; FIS Freestyle Ski Cross World Cup - Idre Fjäll, Sweden

Friday to Saturday - FIS Telemark World Cup 2019/2020 - Pralognan-la-Vanoise, France

Friday to Sunday - FIS Women's Ski Jumping World Cup - Rasnov, Romania; FIS Men's Ski Jumping World Cup - Zakopane, Poland; FIS Masters Cup - Zagreb-Sljeme, Croatia; FIS Nordic Combined World Cup - Oberstdorf, Germany; FIS 2020 Snowboard Cross World Cup - Big White, Canada

Saturday - FIS Freestyle Ski Moguls World Cup - Temblant, Canada

Saturday to Sunday - FIS Snowboard Parallel Slalom World Cup - Piancavallo, Italy; FIS Cross-Country World Cup - Oberstdorf, Germany

Ski Mountaineering

Saturday to Sunday - Comapedrosa Andorra - La Massana, Andorra

Snooker

Wednesday to Sunday - BetVictor European Masters - Dornbirn, Austria

Surfing

18th to 28th January - 2020 WSL Men's Qualifying Series - Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii

Table Hockey

Saturday - World Tour - United States Stiga Shootout 2020 - Anaheim, California, USA

Table Soccer

Friday to Saturday - World Tour - Croatia Open 2020 - Croatia

Friday to Sunday - World Tour - Golden Foosball Tour 2020 - Canada

Tennis

Monday to 2nd February - Australian Open - Melbourne, Australia

Triathlon

Sunday - 2020 Newcastle OTU Paratriathlon Oceania Championships - Newcastle, Australia

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