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The week in review

2nd to 8th November

Welcome to another review of current international sports events and what we can look forward to in the coming week. We feel we have been here before, only it is the end of October and not the end of March earlier this year when most of Europe was entering into a lockdown period. Reports appear to indicate the United Kingdom will have to face another national lockdown as a few nations in Europe have already followed that course. It will be difficult for many to take, but this period will pass and as a sports community, it is important to remain positive and stay focused on the plans ahead. 

We can bring some early rugby union news where New Zealand thumped Australia by the biggest margin between the two nations in a Bledisloe Cup and Tri-Nations match in Sydney today. The score was 43-5 and New Zealand have now retained the cup for 18 consecutive years. Six Nations enters into a final weekend with England Women already crowned champions. In the men's game it is a different story where all of Ireland, England and France can still win the title. As the UCI road cycling season comes to an end, we still have one week remaining of La Vuelta in Spain. Primož Roglic of Slovenia is the current leader and readers will remember the same rider leading the Tour de France to the penultimate stage before losing the yellow jersey in the time trial. The final stage is next Sunday. The city of Novi Sad in Serbia hosts the Sambo World Championships this week and the competition also covers a number of age categories. The same can be said for Bodybuilding and Fitness where Santa Susanna in Spain hosts the World Championships. One of the toughest sailing races starts next Sunday in Les Sables d'Olonne in France. The Vendée Global is the only race around the world, solo, non-stop, and without assistance. It is expected to finish somewhere in January 2021. Finally, Weihai in China hosts the Women's Table Tennis World Cup from next Sunday, with the men's event starting shortly after.

Until next time, have a great sporting week!


Thursday to 9th November - IFBB World Men's/Fitness/Masters Championships and Annual Congress - Santa Susanna, Spain


Friday to Sunday - 2020 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup - Pau, France

Saturday to Sunday - 2020 ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World Cup - Peter - East London, South Africa


Tuesday - Pakistan v Zimbabwe (3rd ODI) - Rawalpindi, Pakistan

Saturday - Pakistan v Zimbabwe (1st T20I) - Rawalpindi, Pakistan

Sunday - Pakistan v Zimbabwe (2nd T20I) - Rawalpindi, Pakistan


Saturday - ICO World Series - Slovenian Open - Lasko, Slovenia


20th October to Sunday - UCI WorldTour - La Vuelta Ciclista a España - Spain

Friday to Sunday - UCI Women's WorldTour - WNT Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta - Spain


Friday to Sunday - PDC World Cup of Darts - Salzburgarena, Salzburg, Austria


Saturday - FMJD World Championship Blitz - Antalya, Turkey

Sunday - FMJD World Championship Rapid - Antalya, Turkey


Wednesday to Thursday - Formula One Pro Series - Event 2 


Wednesday to Friday - Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic - Dubai, UAE

Thursday to Sunday - Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Showdown - Paphos, Cyprus; Vivint Houston Open - Houston, TX, USA


31st October to Wednesday - FIH Pro League - Brussels, Belgium


Wednesday to Friday - European Junior Championships 2020 - Porec, Croatia


Wednesday - MXGP of Pietramurata - Pietramurata, Italy

Friday to Sunday - MotoGP Gran Premio de Europa - Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Valencia, Spain

Sunday - MXGP of Garda Trentino - Pietramurata, Italy

Mountain Running

Friday to Sunday - European Masters Mountain Running Championships - Madeira, Portugal


1st November to Sunday - World Padel Tour - Alicante Open - Alicante, Spain


29th October to Tuesday - World Poker Tour - WPT Montréal, Canada

Rugby Union

11th October to Saturday - The Bledisloe Cup - New Zealand/Australia

31st October to 5th December - Tri-Nations (Argentina, Australia, New Zealand) - Australia


Sunday - Beijing Marathon - Beijing, China; Yangzhou Jianzhen international Half Marathon - Yangzhou, China; Istanbul Marathon - Istanbul, Turkey


Sunday to January 2021 - Vendée Global


Thursday to Sunday - World Sambo Championships (Youth and Juniors, M&W, Combat Sambo) - Novi Sad, Serbia


Friday to Sunday - ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating - Shiseido Cup of China - Chongqing, China

Table Tennis

Sunday to 10th November - Dishang 2020 ITTF Women's World Cup - Weihai, China


Monday to Sunday - Rolex Paris Masters (ATP) - Paris, France

Sunday to 14th November - Sofia Open (ATP) - Sofia, Bulgaria


Saturday - 2020 Valencia ITU Triathlon World Cup - Valencia, Spain


Saturday to Sunday - United World Wrestling Grand Prix Moscow (FS, GR, WW) - Moscow, Russia; United World Wrestling Grand Prix (GR) - Zagreb, Croatia

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