After 81 medal events and with the participation of 1,872 athletes, the Winter Youth Olympic Games 2020 at Lausanne came to a close today

The week in review

13th to 19th January

Our thoughts are with Australia as they continue to battle with the immense fires in so many parts of the country. Sport becomes secondary when lives and property have been lost to this destruction. It can though, also play a major part when the nation's individuals and teams go out there and perform to lift everyone. The men's tennis stars got to the semi-finals of the ATP Cup, but were ultimately beaten by a very experienced Spanish team. The final will now be contested tomorrow between Spain and Serbia. We have two weeks before the first Tennis Grand Slam of the new year in Melbourne. The Australian men's cricket team did a clean sweep of New Zealand in the test series and have now headed to India to first play in a one-day series starting on Wednesday. The series between South Africa and England is more finely poised at one-all as the teams next head to Port Elizabeth for the third match. South Africa do have a major event starting this week. The ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020 begins on Friday when the hosts play Afghanistan. Two major Games started earlier this week and next weekend Pajulahti in Finland hosts the 10th Pajulahti Games. This event is especially for Persons with Disabilities and the sports include goalball, sitting volleyball, showdown, athletics, judo and football. In addition, there will also be Winter Sports for the first time and these are alpine and cross-country skiing, and showshoeing. 

In the Dakar Rally we are now at stage six and the scenery in Saudi Arabia has been phenomenal. Today is a rest day for repairs and recovery for the riders and drivers participating in the most difficult motor sports event in the world. This is also the halfway stage with Friday as the final day. The FINA season begins this week with two Champion Swim World Series events in China. Shenzhen hosts the first on Tuesday and Wednesday, while Beijing follows up on Saturday and Sunday. The International Cheer Union present the first World Championship this week when The Disney Resort in Florida will be the setting for the best in University Cheerleading. Part of the Winter Orienteering season, Innsbruck in Austria will be host to the IOF World Masters Ski Orienteering Championships starting on Tuesday. World Sailing is also involved this week with another round of the Hempel World Cup Series in Miami, Florida. 

All the main events are listed below. Until next time!

Air Sports

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

Aquatics

Tuesday to Wednesday - Champions Swim Series 2020 #1 - Shenzhen, China

Saturday to Sunday - Champions Swim Series 2020 #2 - Beijing, China

Badminton

Tuesday to Sunday - Daihatsu Indonesia Masters 2020 - Jakarta, Indonesia

Biathlon

Monday to Sunday - BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon - Ruhpolding, Germany

Bobsleigh

Saturday to Sunday - BMW IBSF World Cup - Innsbruck, Austria; Europe Cup - Sigulda, Latvia

Bridge

8th January to Sunday - 2020 Summer Festival of Bridge - Canberra, Australia

Monday to 22nd January - 79th International Bridge Tournament St. Moritz - St. Moritz, Switzerland

Cheerleading

Friday to Sunday - 2020 University World Cup Cheerleading Championships - Walt Disney World, Florida, USA

Chess

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

Cricket

Wednesday - India v Australia (1st ODI) - Mumbai, India; West Indies v Ireland (1st T20I) - St George's, Grenada

Thursday to 20th January - South Africa v England (3rd Test) - Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Friday - India v Australia (2nd ODI) - Rajkot, India

Friday to 9th February - ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020 - South Africa

Saturday - West Indies v Ireland (2nd T20I) - Basseterre, St Kitts

Sunday - India v Australia (3rd ODI) - Bangalore, India; West Indies v Ireland (2nd T20I) - Basseterre, St Kitts

Sunday to 23rd January - Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka (1st Test) - Harare, Zimbabwe

Curling

Monday to Saturday - World Qualification Event 2020 - Lohja, Finland

Cycling

Saturday - UCI Cycle-Ball World Cup - Möhlin, Switzerland

Sunday - 2019-2020 Telenet UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup - Nommay Pays de Montbeliard, France

Equestrian

Thursday to Sunday - FEI Multi-discipline World Cup - Partner Pferd Leipzig 2020 - Leipzig, Germany

Sunday - Group 1 Racing - Stewards' Cup; Centenary Sprint Cup - Sha Tin, Hong Kong

Fencing

Saturday - Junior Men's Individual World Cup (épée) - Manama, Bahrain; Junior Women's Individual World Cup (épée) - Maalot, Israel

Saturday to Sunday - Junior Women's Individual and Team World Cup (foil) - Zagreb, Croatia; Junior Men's Individual and Team World Cup (foil) - Aix-en-Provence, France; Junior Women's Individual and Team World Cup (sabre) - Segovia, Spain; Junior Men's Individual and Team World Cup (sabre) - Boston, USA

Games

9th to 22nd January - Youth Olympic Games - Lausanne, Switzerland

10th January to Sunday - Winter World Masters Games 2020 - Innsbruck, Austria

Friday to Sunday - 10th Pajulahti Games - Pajulahti, Finland

Golf

Thursday to Sunday - SMBC Singapore Open - Singapore; Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA - Abu Dhabi, UAE; Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions presented by IOA - Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; The American Express - La Quinta, California, USA

Hockey

Saturday to Sunday - FIH Men's Pro League - India v The Netherlands - Bhubaneswar, India

Ice Hockey

Monday to Sunday - 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship - Division III - Sofia, Bulgaria

Luge

Friday to Sunday - FIL Luge World Cup on Natural Track - Vatra Domei, Romania

Saturday to Sunday - FIL European Championships - Winterberg, Germany; Viessmann World Cup and Team Relay World Cup presented by BMW - Lillehammer, Norway

Marathon Ski

Sunday - FIS Worldloppet - Dolomitenlauf 42 km - Lienz, Austria

Model Auto Racing

12th January to Saturday - Worlds 1/8th GT - Homestead, Florida, USA

Motor Racing

5th January to Friday - Dakar Rally - Saudi Arabia

Saturday - FIA Formula E - 2020 Antofagasta Minerals Santiago E-Prix - Santiago, Chile

Netball

Sunday - Vitality Nations Cup - Jamaica v South Africa; England v New Zealand - Nottingham, England

Orienteering

Tuesday to Sunday - World Masters Ski Orienteering Championships 2020 - Innsbruck, Austria

Para Sports

Friday to Sunday - 10th Pajulahti Games - Pajulahti, Finland

Poker

Friday to 22nd January - WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open - Miami, Florida, USA

Polo

3rd January to Monday - Joe Barry Memorial Cup - USA

11th January to 1st February - Yivisaker Cup - USA

Roller Sports

Thursday to 20th January - Americas Cup - Orlando, Florida, USA

Rugby

Sunday - Spain Women v Scotland Women - Almeria, Spain

Running

Sunday - Tata Mumbai Marathon - Mumbai, India; Aramco Houston Half Marathon; Chevron Houston Marathon - Houston, Texas, USA

Sunday - Cross Internacional de Italica - Sevilla, Spain

Sailing

Sunday to 25th January - Hempel World Cup Series - Miami, Florida, USA

Skeleton

Friday - BMW IBSF World Cup - Innsbruck, Austria

Ski & Snowboarding

Monday to Saturday - FIS Snowboard Slopestyle and Halfpipe World Cup - Laax, Switzerland

Tuesday - FIS Women's Alpine World Cup - Flachau, Austria

Tuesday to Wednesday - FIS Snowboard Parallel Slalom World Cup - Bad Gastein, Austria

Tuesday to Sunday - FIS Men's Alpine World Cup and World Cup Speed Event - Wengen, Switzerland

Thursday to Sunday - FIS Ski Jumping World Cup - Zao, Japan

Friday to Saturday - FIS Freestyle Freeski Slopestyle - Seiseralm, Italy; FIS Ski Cross World Cup - Nakiska, Canada

Friday to Sunday - FIS Ski Jumping World Cup - Titisee-Neustadt, Germany

Saturday - FIS Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom World Cup - Rogla, Slovenia

Saturday to Sunday - FIS Women's Alpine World Cup - Sestriere, Italy; FIS Cross-Country World Cup - Nove Mesto, Czech Republic

Squash

9th January to Friday - World Tour - JP Morgan Tournament of Champions 2020 - New York, USA

Surfing

Saturday to 28th January - 2020 Men's Qualifying Series - Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii

Table Soccer

Saturday to Sunday - Pro Tour Evry 2020 - France 

Tennis

12th January to Saturday - Adelaide International (ATP) - Adelaide, Australia

Monday to Saturday - ASB Classic (ATP) - Auckland, New Zealand; Hobart international (WTA) - Hobart, Australia; Adelaide International (WTA) - Adelaide, Australia

Wrestling

Wednesday to Saturday - Matteo Pellicone - Rome, Italy

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