The week in review

6th to 12th January

Three sports begin their world tours this week. Badminton, Racketlon and Squash start the season with events in Malaysia, India and the States respectively. There has been a very short break from the grand finals held in December, but the athletes are ready and we look forward in seeing how the year unfolds. Despite the incredible fires in Australia and in particular New South Wales, news from the FAI website is that the 10th Women's World Gliding Championship being held at Lake Keepit is still good to go ahead. There were no reported fires on the roads leading to the venue and much of the flying depends on the wind direction and how that affects the visibility. The event runs for two weeks and we anticipate there may be some cancelled days for safety reasons. Heading across the Tasman Sea and to the oldest city in the south island of New Zealand, Nelson hosts the Golf Croquet World Team Championships Tier 1 from Monday to Sunday. Two major Games start this week. Lausanne hosts the Youth Olympic Games from Thursday until the 22nd January, while the other famous location of Innsbruck hosts the Winter World Masters Games starting a day later. USA won a pulsating final against their rivals Canada in the 2020 U18 Women's Ice Hockey World Championship hosted by Bratislava. The match score was 2-1.

Staying with hockey, the Pro League for women starts this week with two matches between China and The Netherlands. The men's league starts the following week. One of the toughest races in motor sport starts tomorrow. Jeddah on the west coast of Saudi Arabia will be the beginning of the Dakar Rally 2020 on Sunday with the conclusion on Friday, 17th January. The race is normally held in several countries, but Saudi Arabia is the sole host on this occasion. One sport we do not get to report on too often is Model Auto Racing. Milton Keynes in England will host the Electric On-Road World Championship from Thursday to Sunday. Lastly, the Hopman Cup was traditionally a tennis tournament played indoors by mixed-gender teams on a country-by-country basis. This year the ATP Cup replaces it, but the International Tennis Federation has confirmed the Hopman Cup will return in 2021. In the meantime the search is on for a new venue. 

Until next time, have a great sporting week!

Air Sports 

3rd to 18th January - 10th FAI Women's World Gliding Championship - Lake Keepit, Australia

Amputee Football

Saturday to Sunday - Soccer Festival Haiti - Miramar, Florida, USA

Badminton

Tuesday to Sunday - World Tour - Perodua Malaysia Masters - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Biathlon

Monday to Sunday - BMW IBU World Biathlon - Oberhof, Germany

Bobsleigh

Monday to Thursday - North American Cup - Lake Placid, NY, USA

Saturday to Sunday - BMW IBSF World Cup - La Plagne, France

Boule Lyonnaise

Saturday to Sunday - 39th Trophy Béraudier - Lyon, France

Bridge

Wednesday to 19th January -  2020 Summer Festival of Bridge - Canberra, Australia

Chess

3rd to 26th January - Women's World Chess Championship 2020 - Shanghai, China / Vladivostok, Russia

Cricket

3rd January to Tuesday - Australia v New Zealand (3rd Test) - Sydney, Australia; South Africa v England (2nd Test) - Cape Town, South Africa

Tuesday - India v Sri Lanka (2nd T20I) - Indore, India; West Indies v Ireland (1st ODI) - Bridgetown, Barbados

Thursday - West Indies v Ireland (2nd ODI) - Bridgetown, Barbados

Friday - India v Sri Lanka (3rd T20I) - Pune, India

Sunday - West Indies v Ireland (3rd ODI) - St George's, Antigua

Croquet

Monday to Sunday - 2020 Golf Croquet World Team Championship Tier 1 - Nelson, New Zealand

Equestrian

Wednesday to Sunday - FEI Dressage World Cup - Wellington, Florida, USA

Thursday to Sunday - FEI Jumping World Cup - Basel, Switzerland

Fencing

Monday - Junior Men's Individual World Cup (épée) - Udine, Italy

Thursday to Saturday - Senior Men's Individual and Team World Cup (épée) - Heidenheim, Germany

Friday to Sunday - Senior Women's Individual and Team World Cup (foil) - Katowice, Poland; Senior Men's Individual and Team World Cup (foil) - Paris, France; Senior Women's Individual and Team World Cup (épée) - La Havane, Cuba; Senior Women's Sabre Grand Prix (sabre) - Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Games

Thursday to 22nd January - Youth Olympic Games - Lausanne, Switzerland

Friday to 19th January - Winter World Masters Games 2020 - Innsbruck, Austria

Golf

Thursday to Sunday - Hong Kong Open - Hong Kong, China; Sony Open in Hawaii - Honolulu, Hawaii

Friday to Sunday - Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open - Saadiyat Beach GC, UAE

Hockey

Saturday to Sunday - FIH Women's Pro League - China v The Netherlands - Changzhou, China

Ice Hockey

2nd January to Wednesday - 2020 Women's U18 World Championship Division I, Group B - Katowice, Poland

3rd January to Thursday - 2020 Women's U18 World Championship Division I, Group A - Fussen, Germany

Monday to Sunday - 2020 IIHF Men's U20 World Championship Division II, Group A - Vilnius, Lithuania

Karate

Friday to Sunday - 2020 Karate 1 Series A - Santiago, Chile

Luge

Thursday to Sunday - FIL Luge World Cup on Natural Track + Pursuit - Passeiertal, Italy

Saturday to Sunday - Viessmann World Cup and Team Relay World Cup presented by BMW - Altenberg, Germany

Model Auto Racing

Thursday to Sunday - IFMAR World Championship 1/12 Electric On-Road - Milton Keynes, England

Motor Racing

5th to 17th January - Dakar Rally - Saudi Arabia

Mountaineering

Friday to Sunday - Ice Climbing World Cup - Cheongsong, South Korea

Para Sports

Sunday - IBSA Judo American Championships 2020 - Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Poker

Thursday to 13th January - WPT Gardens Poker Championship - Anaheim, California, USA

Racketlon

Friday to Sunday - World Tour - CHA Indian Open - Udaipur, India

Rowing

Saturday - 2020 European Rowing Indoor Championships - Prague, Czech Republic

Running

Sunday - 77th Cross Internacional Juan Muguerza - Elgoibar, Spain; 10K Valencia Ibercaja - Valencia, Spain

Skating

Friday to Sunday - ISU European Speed Skating Championships - Heerenveen, The Netherlands; ISU Four Continents Short Track Speed Skating Championships - Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Skeleton

Monday to Tuesday - North America Cup - Lake Placid, NY, USA

Friday - BMW IBSF World Cup - La Plagne, France

Friday to Saturday - Europe Cup - Innsbruck, Austria

Skibob

Saturday to Sunday - World Cup Tour - Weissbriach, Austria

Ski & Snowboarding

5th January to Monday - FIS Jumping World Cup - Bischofshofen, Austria

Wednesday - FIS Men's Alpine World Cup - Madonna di Campliglio, Italy

Thursday to Saturday - FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup - Font Romeu, France

Thursday to Sunday - FIS Women's Alpine World Cup - Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria; FIS Nordic Combined World Cup - Val di Fiemme, Italy

Friday to Saturday - FIS Masters Alpine Cup - Reiteralm, Austria

Friday to Sunday - FIS Women's Ski Jumping World Cup - Sapporo, Japan; FIS Men's Ski Jumping World Cup - Val di Fiemme, Italy

Saturday - FIS Snowboard Alpine World Cup - Scuol, Switzerland

Saturday to Sunday - FIS Men's Alpine World Cup - Adelboden, Switzerland; FIS Cross-Country World Cup - Dresden, Germany

Sunday to 16th January - FIS Masters Alpine Cup - Innsbruck, Austria

Slacklining

Friday to Sunday - III Open Beach 2020 - Balneário Piçarras SC, Brazil

Speed Stacking

Saturday - WSSA 2020 Speed Stacks World Championship Challenge 3rd - Anseong, South Korea

Squash

Thursday to 17th January - World Tour - JP Morgan Tournament of Champions 2020 - New York, USA

Surfing

Monday to Sunday - 2020 Men's Qualifying Series: Corona Open China hosted by Wanning - Wanning, Hainan Island, China

Tennis

3rd January to Sunday - ATP Cup - Brisbane/Perth/Sydney, Australia (ATP)

4th January to Saturday - Shenzhen Open - Shenzhen, China (WTA)

Monday to Saturday - Qatar ExxonMobil Open - Doha, Qatar (ATP)

Monday to Sunday - ASB Classic 2020 - Auckland, New Zealand (WTA); Brisbane International - Brisbane, Australia (WTA)

Sunday to 18th January - Adelaide International - Adelaide, Australia (ATP)

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