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The week in review

31st August to 6th September

The biggest race on the UCI WorldTour calendar is undoubtedly the Tour de France and today stage 1 sets off in Nice. This is despite concerns amidst a rise in numbers of the coronavirus. The tour has gone ahead and being one of the most unique sport events in the world where stars and spectators are in close proximity to each other for the best part of the event, we hope adequate care will be taken by all involved. The organisers have been very clear with their safety measures, but it is ultimately a different story to control thousands of excited roadside supporters. In addition, a UCI Women's WorldTour race that runs in conjunction with the Tour, also features today. La Course by Le Tour de France is the seventh event on the calendar. With the uncertainty of air travel, it appears that Japan may need to pull out of the forthcoming eight-nation rugby union tournament. In Japan's case it is much to do with their government not prepared to relax their rules surrounding the virus. Non-nationals are not allowed in to the country, which means head coach Jamie Joseph will not be able to train his team. The tournament is still three months away, so the possibility is still there for Japan to attend. We wonder why the team cannot prepare for the tournament in another country. In the meantime, Georgia have been placed on standby as a potential replacement. 

James Anderson became the first fast bowler to reach 600 wickets. It was Zimbabwe's Mark Vermeulen who became his first test wicket back in May 2003. Despite the third test against Pakistan ending in a draw, it was at least marked by an outstanding achievement. Anderson also does not appear to be finished with test cricket yet. England did win the test series against Pakistan and are currently involved in a T20I tournament against the tourists. Outsider Sophia Popov from Germany claimed the title of the Women's Open at Troon in Scotland by two shots. This is a remarkable result for someone ranked 304th at the start of the tournament. In MotoGP at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg last Sunday, Miguel Oliveira handed his team Red Bull KTM Tech 3 and Portugal their first premier class win. This was his 150th Grand Prix. Formula One has concluded the racing calendar for 2020 adding three more races. Turkey, Bahrain and Dubai have been included with the last race in December. We are also two days away from the second Tennis Grand Slam of the rearranged season. The US Open starts on Monday and finishes on the 13th September and despite a number of stars pulling out early, there will still be top players aiming for the title. Next week we also have an event on the Padel World Tour, UEFA football matches, and the World Rally Championship is back in Estonia.

Until next time, have a great sporting week!

Athletics

Wednesday - World Athletics Diamond League - Athletissima - Stade Olympique de la Pontaise - Lausanne, Switzerland

Friday - World Athletics Diamond League - AG Memorial van Damme - Boudewijnstadion, Brussels, Belgium

Sunday - World Athletics Continental Tour Gold - Kamila Skolimowska Memorial - Chorzów, Silesia, Poland

Axe Throwing

Friday to Sunday - World Axe Throwing League - US Open - Auburn Hills, MI, USA

Bodybuilding

Friday to Sunday - IFBB Balkans Championships - Drobeta, Turnu Severin, Romania

Sunday - IFBB Fit Model World Cup - Riga, Latvia

Bridge

Tuesday to 6th October - 1st South American Online Mixed Teams Championship 

Cricket

Tuesday - England v Pakistan (3rd T20I) - Manchester, England

Friday - England v Australia (1st T20I) - Southampton, England

Sunday - England v Australia (1st T20I) - Southampton, England

Cycling

29th August to 13th September - UCI WorldTour - Tour de France - France

Football

Wednesday to Sunday - UEFA European U19, U21 Championship and UEFA Nations League - Various

Golf

Thursday to Sunday - Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucia Masters - Sotogrande, Spain

Friday to 7th September - Tour Championship - Atlanta, GA, USA

Motorcycling

Friday to Sunday - Superbike World Championship - Pirelli Teruel Round - Motorland Aragon Teruel, Spain

Sunday - MXGP World Championship - MXGP of Italy - Faenza, Italy

Motor Racing

Friday to Sunday - Rally World Championship - Rally Estonia - Tartu, Estonia

Friday to Sunday - Formula One World Championship - Grad Premio Heineken D'italia 2020 - Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Italy

Padel

Wednesday to Sunday - World Padel Tour - Estrella Damm Vàlencia Open 2020 - Vàlencia, Spain

Sunday to 13th September - World Padel Tour - Sardegna Open 2020 - Cagliari, Italy

Poker

Monday to Friday - World Poker Tour - Legends of Poker - The Bicycle Hotel & Casino, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Tennis

29th August to Sunday - Prague Open (WTA) - Prague, Czech Republic

Monday to 13th September - US Open (ATP/WTA) - New York, NY, USA

Triathlon

Saturday - 2020 Hamburg Wasser World Triathlon - Hamburg, Germany

Sunday - 202 Hamburg ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships - Hamburg, Germany

Wakeboarding

Wednesday to Sunday - 2020 IWWF Europe & Africa Cable Wakeboard and Wakeskate Championships - Beckum, Germany

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