29th June to 5th July
Even though we normally focus on continental and international sport, a special mention must go to the English Premier League and in particular Liverpool Football Club. After 31 matches, a lead of 23 points, and seven matches still to play, they have an unassailable lead and have been crowned Premier League Champions for the current season. It was thirty years ago that the club last won the league title. It is a special achievement considering how competitive this league is with the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Leicester, Manchester City and Manchester United all having been crowned previous champions. Last Sunday we had the finals of the FIM Supercross World Championship in Salt Lake City. The Rice-Eccles Stadium hosted all seven races to complete the season and Zach Osborne (450SX) and Chase Sexton (250SX) won the final event. The overall championship titles go to Eli Tomac (450SX), Chase Sexton (250SX East), and Dylan Ferrandis (250SX West). In golf the PGA Tour is still continuing despite coming under criticism with the news of a small number of golfers contracting Covid-19. Webb Simpson won the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head, South Carolina last Sunday. The Travelers Championship is currently underway at Cromwell, Connecticut, while next week we head to the Detroit Golf Club for the Rocket Mortgage Classic that was originally meant to feature at the end of May.
Formula One fans can surely not wait for the first race next Sunday at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. Austria hosts consecutive weekends, before the World Championship heads to Hungary and then to Great Britain for another double-header. The first eight races all feature in Europe until early September, giving the organizers the opportunity to plan further venues further afield depending on the circumstances around Covid-19. We mentioned before that Brazil had withdrawn from bidding to host the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2023, leaving only Columbia, Japan and the joint bid by Australia and New Zealand. FIFA announced earlier in the week that the latter have won their bid. Australia, New Zealand and Japan have all hosted international tournaments before and we feel for something as special as a World Cup, the honours should perhaps have gone to Colombia on this occasion. We have listed a number of events for the week and sometimes the certainty of the event going ahead is difficult to determine. Organizers will often wait until much nearer to the start date of the event before deciding on continuing. We have compiled the below list to the best of our knowledge and the information we have received from the various sports governing bodies.
Until next time, have a great sporting week!
Wednesday to Sunday - African Armwrestling and Para-armwrestling Championship - Johannesburg, South Africa
Wednesday - Online Women's Capoeira Solo Competition
Thursday to Sunday - Rocket Mortgage Classic - Detroit Golf Club, Michigan, USA
Friday to Sunday - Formula One - Rolex Grosser Preis von Osterreich - Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria
Sunday - Vertical World Circuit - Broadgate Tower, London, United Kingdom
25th June to Thursday - ISSF European Junior Championship - Osijek, Croatia
Sunday to 11th July - World Squash Pan American Junior Championships - San Salvador, El Salvador
Wednesday to 31st July - Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang - Pecatu, Bali, Indonesia
Friday to Sunday - WSL Longboard Tour - Whalebone Classic - Cottesloe, Perth, Australia