The week in review

16th to 22nd December

The Ski and Snowboarding season dominates the week with no fewer than 16 World Cup tournaments stretching from China to the USA. Apart from next week when sport events will be taking a short break for Christmas and most others have completed the 2019 season, snow sports will be approaching the busiest periods in January and February next year. Staying with a winter sport and Bandy will fit in a World Championship before the end of the year. The tournament is for men born in 1998 or later and is held every two years. On this occasion the city of Arkhangelsk in the north of European Russia will be the host. The Padel season draws to a close with the Grand Finale in Barcelona featuring both women and men from Thursday to Sunday. One of the major FIE World Cup events each year takes place at the London Olympia from Monday to Sunday. This is a multi-sport event featuring Jumping, Dressage and Driving bringing together the best international equestrian sport stars. 

The Junior Water Polo World Championships in Kuwait City approaches the final week with the championship winner to be decided on Friday. The PDC Darts World Championship started yesterday at Alexandra Palace in London with the final only on the 1st January 2020. In Golf the Presidents Cup is currently approaching the final day in Melbourne. The competition features two captains with teams made up of the best USA and International players. Ernie Els captains the Internationals, while Tiger Woods captains USA. Despite the favourites tag of the US team and barring a dramatic collapse, the Internationals look on course to take the trophy. Lastly, Nur-Sultan will stage a Senior Wrestling World Championship over a 4-day period starting on Friday.

Until next time, have a great sporting week!

Aquatics

12th December to Friday - FINA World Men's Junior Water Polo Championships 2019 - Kuwait City, Kuwait

Bandy

Friday to Sunday - 2019 World Championship Men 21 - Arkhangelsk, Russia

Biathlon

Monday to Sunday - BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon - Le Grand Bornand, France

Bobsleigh

Friday to Sunday - Europe Cup - Königssee, Germany

Bodybuilding

Friday to 23rd December - IFBB Maghreb Arab Championships 2019 - Tunis, Tunisia

Bridge

14th December to Monday - 2019 Warwick Wealth Bridge Festival - Cape Town, South Africa

Chess

10th to 24th December - FIDE Grand Prix Series - Jerusalem, Israel

Cricket

12th December to Monday - Australia v New Zealand (1st Test) - Perth, Australia

Tuesday - Pakistan Women v England Women (1st T20I) - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Wednesday - India v West Indies (2nd ODI) - Visakhapatnam, India

Thursday to 23rd December - Pakistan v Sri Lanka (2nd Test) - Karachi, Pakistan; Pakistan Women v England Women (2nd T20I) - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Friday - Pakistan Women v England Women (3rd T20I) - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Sunday - India v West Indies (3rd ODI) - Cuttack, India

Curling

11th December to Wednesday - World Junior-B Curling Championships 2019 - Lohja, Finland

Cycling

Sunday - 2019-2020 Telenet Cyclo-Cross World Cup - Namur, Belgium

Dance Sports

Saturday - 2019 WDC World Championship (Professional Ten Dance) - Ekaterinburg, Russia

Darts

13th December to 1st January - William Hill World Championship - London, England

Equestrian

Monday to Sunday - The London International Horse Show - Olympia, London, England

Wednesday to Saturday - FEI Jumping World Cup - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Sunday - Group 1 Racing - Arima Kinen Grand Prix - Nakayama, Japan

Saturday to Sunday - FEI Jumping World Cup - Taupo, New Zealand

Football

11th December to Saturday - FIFA Club World Cup 2019 - Doha, Qatar

Golf

Thursday to Sunday - Australian PGA Championship - RACV Royal Pines Resort, Australia; Thailand Masters - Phoenix Gold Golf and CC, Thailand

Judo

Friday to Sunday - Asian Club Junior Individual and Team Tournament 2019 - Kuwait City, Kuwait

Luge

Thursday to Saturday - Asian Championships - Pyeongchang, South Korea

Friday to Sunday - FIL Luge World Cup on Natural Track - Obdach-Winterleiten, Austria

Muaythai

Monday to Sunday - Asian Championships - Abu Dhabi, UAE 

Padel

Thursday to Sunday - World Tour - Estrella Damm Master Final 2019 - Barcelona, Spain

Poker

Monday to Saturday - World Tour - WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Pool-Billiards

10th December to Tuesday - Men's World 9-Ball Championships - Doha, Qatar

12th December to Thursday - Women's World 9-Ball Championships - Doha, Qatar

Ski Mountaineering

Friday to Saturday - World Cup - Aussois, France

Ski & Snowboarding

Tuesday - FIS Freestyle Ski Cross World Cup - Arosa, Switzerland; FIS Alpine Giant Slalom World Cup - Courchevel, France

Wednesday to Saturday - FIS Alpine Downhill and Super G World Cup - Val Gardena/Groeden, Italy

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

Thursday to Saturday - FIS Freestyle Halfpipe World Cup - Secret Garden, China; FIS Freestyle Freeski Big Air World Cup - Atlanta, USA

Thursday to Sunday - FIS Alpine Downhill, Alpine Combined and Super G World Cup - Val d'Isere, France

Friday - FIS Snowboard Big Air World Cup - Atlanta, USA

Friday to Saturday - FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup - Cervinia, Italy

Friday to Sunday - FIS Snowboard Halfpipe World Cup - Secret Garden, China; FIS Freestyle Ski Cross World Cup - Innichen, Italy; FIS Nordic Combined World Cup - Ramsau am Dachstein, Austria; FIS Ski Jumping World Cup - Engelberg, Switzerland

Saturday to Sunday - FIS Freestyle Aerials World Cup - Shimao Lotus Mountain, China; FIS Cross-Country World Cup - Planica, Slovenia

Sunday to 23rd December - FIS Alpine Giant Slalom and Parallel Giant Slalom World Cup - Alta Badia, Italy

Sport Stacking

Saturday - Speed Stacks World Championship Callenge 2nd - Gwangju, South Korea

Squash

15th December to Saturday - WSF Men's World Team Championship - Washington, D.C., USA

Surfing

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

Table Soccer

Thursday to Friday - World Tour - FTSI Championship 2019 - India

Thursday to Saturday - World Tour - Abu Dhabi Open 2019 - UAE

Saturday - World Tour - NTVB Pro Tour 2019 - Netherlands

Saturday to Sunday - FTSI Classic & Rollerball Championship 2019 - India

Table Tennis

13th December to Monday - 2019 ITTF World Veterans Tour - Cardiff, Wales

Taekwondo

Wednesday to Friday - Wuxi 2019 World Taekwondo Grand Slam Championship Series - Wuxi, China

Weightlifting

12th December to Tuesday - Arab Senior, Junior & Youth Championships - Amman, Jordan

Wrestling

Friday to 23rd December - Senior World Championships - Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

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