15th to 21st June
Welcome again to another look at the world of sport over the past few days and what we can expect over the next week. We mentioned in the previous edition how inventive organisers are becoming in creating events while we are all waiting for the current restrictions to be eased off and eventually lifted. Sport events in the United States are already at much more of an advanced stage, depending of course on the state it is meant to take place in and the type of sport. The Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City was converted to host the remainder of the FIM Supercross World Championship. This is with exception of the Monster Energy Cup in Carson in October. Eli Tomac still leads the 450SX class, and so does Dylan Ferrandis in the 250SX West class. Shane McElrath, however, has been overtaken in the 250SX East class by Chase Sexton. There are only three races remaining that include the finals next Sunday (21st). The Oslo Bislett Games, a major event on the IAAF Diamond League world circuit, went ahead and staged their event on Thursday. The difference was that several disciplines were staged in various countries. For example, Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie, a former pole-vault world record holder, competed from his garden in central France. There were athlete restrictions and no spectators. No athletes flew into Norway either, and instead were transported by car from the Swedish border to the venue. IRONMAN are also currently running their virtual competition format where athletes train at home or within their location, and post their times to earn points. This all gets added to an overall ranking system to determine the leaders.
We have a reasonably busy calendar for July, but it will change a lot over the next few weeks. Many events will be added, as well as postponed or cancelled depending on the sport. Most governing bodies are looking at the month of August to resume or start their season. Fort Worth in Texas is currently hosting a golf tournament on the PGA Tour. The Charles Schwab Challenge concludes tomorrow with Harold Varner III currently leading. The FIM MotoGP World Championship is getting ready to start the new season with back-to-back races at the Circuito de Jerez, located in the sherry-producing south of Spain and about 90km south of Seville. The first race is scheduled for the 19th July. Brazil announced earlier in the week that they are pulling out of the race to host the 2023 Women's Football World Cup. They will instead back Colombia, with Japan and a joint bid by Australia and New Zealand as the other contenders. There have been two notable cancellations this week. The Wales Rally GB, an event on the FIA World Rally Championship, will now not take place. In addition, the Evian Championship, LPGA's first major of the women's golf season due to take place in August in France, has also been cancelled. Rugby League organisers are weighing up options to exclude the use of scrums for a short while when the season resumes in August.
Here are the events for the week. Until next time, stay positive and have a great sporting week.
Thursday to Sunday - RBC Heritage - Hilton Head, SC, USA
Wednesday - FIM Supercross World Championship - Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Sunday - FIM Supercross World Championship Finals - Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Thursday to 27th June - Red Bull Airborne Brazil - Saquarema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil