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The week in review

14th to 20th December

As we are approaching the end of 2020, most sports organisations have had to cram in as many events into the remainder of the year in order to rescue a part of their seasons lost to the various lockdowns. We approach one of our busiest weeks of the past two months, although the period of Christmas and New Year are often regarded as the unofficial breaks in seasons for most sports. The Autumn Nations Cup final between England and France had a dramatic ending. The match went into extra time with England scoring the first points that also meant they became the winners. There have been a few cancellations in the skiing and snowboard season, especially in North America. FIS, the governing body, has organised the winter season to be within Europe as logistically it would be more sensible for athletes from elsewhere in the world to quarantine in Europe on arrival.

This week we have the first Ski Mountaineering event of the new season with Italy hosting. The sport includes teams and individual categories. It involves climbing a section of a mountain and then skiing down to the finish line. Athletes would carry crampons and rope as the approach to the crest of a range will often involve some climbing. This is for teams, but for individuals only crampons are required. Each event also include relays and vertical climbs of normally not more than 700 metres. Draughts has a Women's World Title match starting on Tuesday until the 29th December. The exhibition matches will be hosted by Moscow and St.Petersburg. Finally, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio of South Africa and Jason Osborne of Germany made history by winning the elite categories of the first-ever UCI Cycling eSports World Championships.

Until next time, have a great sporting week!


Monday to Sunday - IBU World Cup Biathlon - Hochfilzen, Austria


Saturday to Sunday - IBSF 2-Woman and 2-Man World Cup - Innsbruck, Austria; Europe Cup 2-Woman and 2-Man - Sigulda, Latvia


Saturday to Sunday - IFBB Fitness Mania Classic IV - Kladna, Czech Republic

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Thursday to Sunday - IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship World Master 2020 - Kassimmee, FL, USA


Wednesday to Sunday - IFSC Africa - Continental Championships 2020 (C) - Cape Town, South Africa

Friday to Sunday - IFSC Oceania - Continental Championship 2020 (C) - Sydney, Australia


11th December to Tuesday - New Zealand v West Indies (2nd Test) - Wellington, New Zealand

Thursday to 21st December - Australia v India (1st Test) - Adelaide, Australia

Friday - New Zealand v Pakistan (1st T20I) - Auckland, New Zealand

Sunday - New Zealand v Pakistan (2nd T20I) - Hamilton, New Zealand


Sunday - 2020-2021 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup - Namur, Belgium


Tuesday to 29th December - Tamara Tansykkuzhina v Natalia Sadowska - Women's World Title Match 2020 - Moscow/St. Petersburg, Russa


Wednesday to Saturday - Diriyah Equestrian Festival - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


3rd December to 21st February 2021 - FIS eSports Alpine World Ski Championships

Wednesday to Thursday - Formula One Pro Series - Event 4


Thursday to Sunday - Group Tour Championship - Naples, FL, USA


Thursday to Sunday - 33rd Junior and Senior European Championships - Mersin, Turkey

Thursday to 21st December - 27th Mikhail Voronin Cup - Penz, Russia


Thursday to Sunday - African Seniors Championships 2020 - Antananrivo, Madagascar

Kite Sports

Wednesday to Sunday - Kitefoil Open European Championships - Playa de las Burras, Canary Islands


Wednesday to 21st December - World Poker Tour - WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic - Bellagio Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV, USA


Sunday - Bangsaen21 Half Marathon - Chon Buri, Thailand; TCS World 10 km Bengaluru - Bangalore, India


8th November to January 2021 - Vendée Globe


Friday to Saturday - Sambo World Cup - A. Kharlampiev Memorial - Moscow, Russia


Tuesday to Wednesday - Women's Monobob World Series - Sigulda, Latvia

Friday - IBSF Men's and Women's World Cup - Innsbruck, Austria

Saturday - Europe Cup Women's and Men's Skeleton - Sigulda, Latvia

Ski & Snowboarding

12th December to Tuesday - European Cup Men's Downhill - Santa Caterina, Italy

Monday to Wednesday - FIS Women's and Men's Ski Cross World Cup - Arosa, Switzerland

Wednesday to Saturday - FIS Men's Downhill and Super G World Cup - 52 Saslong Classic - Val Gardena/Groeden, Italy

Wednesday to Sunday - FIS Women's Downhill and Super G World Cup - Val d'Isere, France

Thursday - FIS Parallel Giant Slalom World Cup - Carezza, Italy

Thursday to Friday - FIS Women's Ski Jumping World Cup - Ramsau, Austria; European Cup Men's Slalom - Val di Fassa, Italy; European Cup Men's and Women's Ski Cross - Val Thorens, France

Thursday to Sunday - FIS Nordic Combined World Cup - Ramsau, Austria

Friday to Saturday - European Cup Men's and Women's Ski Cross - Passo San Pellegrino, Italy

Friday to Sunday - FIS Men's Ski Jumping World Cup - Engelberg, Switzerland

Saturday to Sunday - Far East Cup Cross-Country - Alpensia Cross-Country Center, South Korea; FIS Cross-Country World Cup - Dresden, Germany; FIS Women's and Men's Ski Cross World Cup - Val Thorens, France

Saturday to 21st December - FIS Junior World Snowboard Championships - Lachtal, Austria

Sunday to 21st December - FIS Men's Giant Slalom and Slalom World Cup - Alta Badia, Italy; European Cup Women's Giant Slalom - Andalo, Italy

Ski Mountaineering

Saturday to Sunday - Adamello World Cup - Pontedilegno Tonale, Italy


Monday to Sunday - World Snooker Tour World Grand Prix - Milton Keynes, England


13th December to Friday - PSA Black Ball Open - Cairo, Egypt


12th December to Friday - UWW Individual World Cup (FS, GR, WW) - Belgrade, Serbia

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