The week in review

9th to 15th December

It is not often we want to focus our attention on an individual country and how a specific sport is being managed. However, we do want to look closer at South Africa and in particular the sport of cricket. One can arguably look at the health of the national team to get an insight into the management of their governing body, in this case Cricket South Africa (CSA). The national side, known as the Proteas, have in most cases been strong contenders to win a world cup tournament, but over the last six months the demise has been clear for all to see. The past week has been a very low moment for CSA with the resignation of several high-profile staff members, including the suspension of the CEO. The main sponsor has also chosen not to renew their contract next year. There is evidently some soul searching and some quick action to be taken by the remaining board members. Considering that momentum and growth is so important for the global game, one wonders whether the International Cricket Council could not have played a more active role in influencing and assisting the management of CSA. Another example is the West Indies cricket team who dominated the game in the past, but suffered a similar mismanagement by their board. It must be said that they have won World Cup tournaments within the last few years and are becoming a much more competitive team in all formats. Surely it makes sense to look closely at the management of your existing members, while also concentrating on growth of the game in other nations? This last episode appears to be an international setback. 

Looking elsewhere, Badminton reaches the Grand World Tour Finals in Guangzhou from Thursday to Sunday. Carom Billiards also reaches a World Cup Finale in Sharm el-Sheikh starting tomorrow. This is the seventh event and the overall World Cup of the season with everything still to play for. The third sport completing their World Tour with a Grand Final, is Table Tennis. Again it is China as the host nation with Zhengzhou doing the honours. The biggest tournament of the PDC Darts season starts on Friday at Alexandra Palace in London. The William Hill World Championship features until the 1st January 2020. In Rugby Union the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series held in Dubai concluded today. New Zealand Women defeated Canada, but their men could not complete the double with South Africa running out as the eventual champions. Next stop is Cape Town over the weekend, which is again a double-header. The International Esports Federation present their flagship event starting this week. The World Championships include categories for DOTA 2, eFootball PES 2020, and Tekken 7. Seoul is the host city and a fitting location with a major following of eSports in Asia. One of the major Equestrian World Tours is the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping. Next up is Geneva with over 42,000 spectators and over 200 journalists expected to attend. Their are four Grand Slam events in a season. 

Air Sports

Wednesday to Saturday - 2019 FAI World Drone Racing Championship Grand Final - Ningbo, China

Aquatics

Thursday to 20th December - FINA World Men's Junior Water Polo Championships 2019 - Kuwait City, Kuwait

Badminton

Thursday to Sunday - HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2019 - Guangzhou, China

Biathlon

Thursday to Sunday - BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon - Hochfilzen, Austria

Bobsleigh

Monday to Wednesday - North American Cup - Park City, Utah, USA

Friday to Saturday - Para Sport Bobsleigh World Cup - Oberhof, Germany

Saturday - Para Sport Bobsleigh European Championships - Oberhof, Germany

Saturday to Sunday - Bobsleigh Europe Cup - Winterberg, Germany; BMW IBSF Bobsleigh World Cup - Lake Placid, NY, USA

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Thursday to Sunday - World IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship - Anaheim, California, USA

Bridge

Thursday - Great World Bridge Day - Online

Saturday to Monday - 2019 Warwick Wealth Bridge Festival - Cape Town, South Africa

Canoe

Friday to Sunday - 2019 Wildwater Canoeing World - Liukuzhen City, China

Carom-Billiards

8th December to Saturday - World Cup 3-Cushion - Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt

Chess

8th December to Saturday - 1st FIDE Confederation Cup for the disabled people 2019 - Ankara, Turkey

Tuesday to 24th December - FIDE Grand Prix Series - Jerusalem, Israel

Climbing

Thursday to Sunday - Asian Youth Championships - Bengaluru, India

Cricket

Monday - Pakistan Women v England Women (1st ODI) - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Wednesday - India v West Indies (3rd T20I) - Mumbai, India

Wednesday to Sunday - Pakistan v Sri Lanka (1st Test) - Rawalpindi, Pakistan

Thursday - Pakistan Women v England Women (2nd ODI) - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Thursday to 16th December - Australia v New Zealand (1st Test) - Perth, Australia

Saturday - Pakistan Women v England Women (3rd ODI) - Kuala Lumpur

Sunday - India v West Indies (1st ODI) - Cuttack, India

Crossminton

Saturday to Sunday - ICO Crossminton Dutch Open powered by Speedminton World Series - Baarn, The Netherlands

Curling

Wednesday to 18th December - World Junior-B Curling Championships 2019 - Lohja, Finland

Cycling

Friday to Sunday - Tissot Track Cycling World Cup - Brisbane, Australia

Dance Sports

Saturday - WDSF World Championship Show Dance Standard and Show Dance Latin - Moscow, Russia; World Championship Standard - Riga, Latvia

Sunday - 2019 WDC World Championship Ballroom Showdance - Vienna, Austria

Darts

Friday to 1st January - William Hill World Championship - London, England

Equestrian

Thursday to Sunday - FEI Para Dressage World Cup - Boneo, Australia; Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping - Chi Geneva - Geneva, Switzerland

Friday to Sunday - FEI Jumping World Cup - La Coruña, Spain

Saturday - Group 1 Racing - Carlos Pellegrini; Joaquin S. de Anchorena Internacional; Internacional Felix de Alzaga Unzue - San Isidro, Argentina

eSports

Wednesday to Sunday - World Championships (DOTA 2, eFootball PES 2020, Tekken 7) - Seoul, South Korea

Fencing

Friday to Sunday - Senior Men Individual and Team World Cup (foil) - Tokyo, Japan; Senior Women Individual and Team World Cup (foil) - Saint-Maur, France; Senior Women Individual and Team World Cup (sabre) - Salt Lake City, Colorado, USA

Saturday to Sunday - Junior Men Individual and Team World Cup (épée) - Heraklion, Greece; Junior Women Individual and Team World Cup (épée) - Burgos, Spain

Floorball

7th December to Sunday - Women's World Floorball Championships 2019 - Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Football

Wednesday to 21st December - FIFA Club World Cup 2019 - Doha, Qatar

Games

30th November to Wednesday - Philippines 2019 30th SEA Games - Manila, Philippines

1st December to Tuesday - 13th South Asian Games - Kathmandu/Pokhara, Nepal

Golf

Thursday to Sunday - Presidents Cup - Melbourne, Australia; BNI Indonesian Masters - Jakarta, Indonesia

Friday to Sunday - QBE Shootout - Naples, Florida, USA

Handball

30th November to Sunday - 24th Women's Handball World Championship - Kumamoto, Japan

Judo

Thursday to Saturday - World Tour - Qingdao Masters 2019 - Qingdao, China

Karate

Friday to Sunday - Karate 1 Youth League - Venice-Jesolo, Italy

Kickboxing

Friday to Sunday - CAC - Central American and Caribbean Championship - San Juan, Porto Rico

Luge

Friday to Saturday - America-Pacifik Championships; Viessmann World Cup; BMW Sprint World Cup - Whistler, Canada

Poker

Saturday to 6th January - World Tour - WPT500 Los Angeles - Los Angeles, California, USA

Polo

16th November to Saturday - Argentine Open - Argentina

Pool-Billiards

Tuesday to 17th December - Men's World 9-Ball Championships - Doha, Qatar

Thursday to 19th December - Women's World 9-Ball Championships - Doha, Qatar

Roller Sports

Saturday - Maraton World Skate Havana 500 2019 - Havana, Cuba

Rugby

Friday to Sunday - Union - HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2020 - Cape Town, South Africa

Running

Sunday - Shenzhen Marathon - Shenzhen, China

Savate

Sunday - World Combat Championships Finals (Seniors M60, M75, M80) - Dakar, Senegal

Skating

Friday to Sunday - ISU World Cup Speed Skating - Nagano, Japan

Skeleton

Monday to Tuesday - North American Cup - Park City, Utah, USA

Friday - BMW IBSF Skeleton World Cup - Lake Placid, NY, USA

Saturday - Intercontinental Cup - Königssee, Germany

Saturday to Sunday - Skeleton Europe Cup - Königssee, Germany 

Ski & Snowboarding

Wednesday to Friday - FIS Freeski Halfpipe - Copper, Colorado, USA; FIS Snowboard Cross - Montafon, Austria

Thursday to Saturday - FIS Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Cup - Beijing, China; FIS Halfpipe Snowboard World Cup - Copper, Colorado, USA; FIS Ski Cross World Cup - Montafon, Austria

Friday to Sunday - FIS Ski Jumping World Cup - Klingenthal, Germany

Saturday - FIS Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom World Cup - Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy

Saturday to Sunday - FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup - Thaiwoo, China; FIS Masters Cup - Haus im Ennstal, Austria; FIS Cross-Country World Cup - Davos, Switzerland; FIS Alpine World Cup - St. Moritz, Switzerland; FIS Alpine World Cup - Val d'Isere, France

Snooker

Monday to Sunday - 19.com Scottish Open - Glasgow, Scotland

Sport Stacking

Saturday - Speed Stacks World Championship Challenge 1st - Daejeon, South Korea

Squash

Sunday to 21st December - WSF Men's World Team Championship - Washington, D.C., USA

Surfing

8th to 20th December -  2019 Men's Championship Tour - Billabong Pipe Masters - Banzai Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii

Table Soccer

Friday to Sunday - World Tour - London Tornado Open 2019 - England; Torneo Nacional Mexicano de Futbolmesa 2019 - Mexico

Table Tennis

Thursday to Sunday - Agricultural Bank of China 2019 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals - Zhengzhou, China

Friday to 16th December - 2019 ITTF World Veterans Tour - Cardiff, Wales

Triathlon

Sunday - 2019 Dakar ATU Sprint Triathlon African Cup - Dakar, Senegal

Weightlifting

7th December to Saturday - European Youth Championships; European U15 Championships - Eilat, Israel

Tuesday to Friday - IWF World Cup - Tianjin, China

Thursday to 17th December - Arab Senior, Junior & Youth Championships - Amman, Jordan 

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