The week in review

23rd to 29th December

It is the Christmas break and with that a much shorter list of major events. While reviewing some of the tournaments this week, it also gives us a chance to look at the early part of the New Year and what we can look forward to in the sporting world. Ice Hockey presents two World Championships starting on Boxing Day both for junior age groups with Slovakia and the Czech Republic as the host nations. After the London International Horse Show in Olympia that concludes tomorrow, the next major multi-event equestrian show heads to Mechelen in Belgium. The same country also hosts the next UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup in Heusden-Zolder on Boxing Day. Moscow hosts a 6-day World Championship Chess tournament, while Melbourne and Centurion host two cricket test matches. It is quieter week for Ski and Snowboarding fans with only five World Cup events across Europe. 

One of the biggest events in January is the Youth Olympic Games 2020 in Lausanne from the 6th to 22nd. Four days later Innsbruck welcomes the Winter World Masters Games 2020 from the 10th to 19th January. South Africa will be the host nation for the ICC U19 Cricket World starting on the 17th with the final scheduled for the 9th February. In the early part of January India stages the World Junior and Girls U20 Chess Championship, while China and Russia share the Women's World Chess Championship 2020 that will feature almost throughout the entire month. One of the fastest growing sports is Golf Croquet and New Zealand will be host to the 2020 World Team Championship Tier 1 starting on the 6th January. The World Loppet season has already had three World Cup races and we resume in China for the fourth round. The Ice Climbing World Cup tour starts on the 3rd January, while in Orienteering the World Masters Ski Orienteering Championships will be welcomed in Austria. Later in January there are two Cheerleading World Championships and World Cup events in Draughts, Sailing, Bandy, Para-track Cycling, Skibob, Weightlifting and Ski Mountaineering. We look forward to a very exciting New Year of sports!

Chess

Wednesday to 30th December - King Salman World Rapid Championship 2019 - Moscow, Russia

Cricket

Thursday to 30th December - Australia v New Zealand (2nd Test) - Melbourne, Australia; South Africa v England (1st Test) - Centurion, South Africa

Cycling

Thursday - 2019-2020 Telenet UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup - Heusden-Zolder, Belgium

Darts

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

Equestrian

Thursday to Saturday -FEI Jumping World Cup - Al Ain, Oman

Thursday to 30th December - FEI Multi-Event World Cup - Mechelen, Belgium

Ice Hockey

Thursday to 2nd January - 2020 IIHF U18 Women's World Championship - Bratislava, Slovakia

Thursday to 5th January - 2020 IIHF U20 Men's World Championship - Ostrava/Trinec, Czech Republic

Sailing

Thursday - Sydney to Hobart Race - Australia

Ski & Snowboarding

22nd December to Monday - FIS Men's Giant Slalom and Parallel Slalom World Cup - Alta Badia, Italy

Thursday to Sunday - FIS Men's Downhill, Alpine Combined and Super G World Cup - Bormio, Italy

Saturday to Sunday - FIS Women's Giant Slalom and Slalom World Cup - Lienz, Austria; FIS Cross-Country World Cup - Lenzerheide, Switzerland; FIS Men's Jumping World Cup - Oberstdorf, Germany

Table Soccer

Friday to Sunday - Nepal Table Soccer 1st Pro Tour 2019 - Nepal

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