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The week in review

30th September to 6th October

Since Friday Doha has been showcasing the biggest event on the IAAF calendar, but already the Athletics World Championship is facing strong criticism for the intense heat the athletes have to endure while competing. The marathon was recently staged at midnight while the temperature was 32°C. It puts in question what would have convinced the IAAF to give the event to Qatar? We are all for sport to be staged globally and for the majority of nations to experience the privilege, but sometimes logic states that certain nations cannot host specific sports. One wants to hope that financial motivation is never placed above the well-being of the participants. What is interesting is that in just over two years, FIFA stages the biggest football tournament in the same nation. Moving on to boxing, from Monday Ulan-Ude in Russia presents the AIBA Women's World Championship until the 14th October. We mentioned in a previous post that the ICC finally opened the Cricket Test World Championship in August. India are in a strong position to take the title that will be decided in 2021 at Lord's in London. South Africa have recently had a number of their stars retire and will be facing a stern test of character as they play their first test in Visakhapatnam starting on Wednesday.

This week the Draughts World Championship nears the final few days in the Ivory Coast. It is also a very busy week for Group 1 Racing with Longchamp in France staging the biggest horse races. Staying with equestrian sports, Barcelona hosts the FEI Jumping Nations Cup Final from Thursday to Sunday. In Motor Racing we head to Japan for the 6 Hours of Fuji, which is the second FIA Endurance race of the new season. Two sports we do not hear too much of are Slot Racing and Pole Sports. Both are staging World Championships this week with Corby in England presenting Slot Racing and Montreal hosting Pole Sports. Finally, today produced the biggest upset so far at the Rugby World Cup 2019 currently being showcased in Japan. The host nation beat Ireland in a group match giving them a real chance to progress to the quarter finals. Japan are ranked in eighth place on the most recent world rankings, while Ireland are ranked second. In rugby union this is a major upset. Four years ago the same nation produced an even bigger upset by beating South Africa in Brighton, England. Earlier in the week there was another upset when Uruguay beat Fiji. This is what the competition needed and we look forward to further amazing matches this week. 

Until next time, have a great sporting week!

Amputee Football

Monday to 14th October - Cup of African Nations Amputee Football - Benguela, Angola

Aquatics

Friday to Sunday - FINA Swimming World Cup 2019 #4 - Budapest, Hungary

Archery

Tuesday to Sunday - Brazil Cup World Ranking Event - Maricá, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Athletics

27th September to Sunday - IAAF World Athletics Championships DOHA 2019 - Doha, Qatar

Badminton

Tuesday to Sunday - YUZU Indonesia Masters 2019 - Malang, Indonesia

Basketball

Wednesday to Sunday - FIBA 3x3 U23 World Cup 2019 - Lanzhou, China

Basque Pelota

29th September to Saturday - Tenerife 2019 X Campeonato del Mundo Sub 22 - Tenerife, Canary Islands

Body Building

Saturday to Sunday - IFBB South Pacific Oceania Championships 2019 - Tahiti; IFBB Nordic Cup Jan Tana Classic - Lahti, Finland

Boccia

29th September to Sunday - BISFed 2019 São Paulo Boccia America Regional Championships - São Paulo, Brazil

Boxing

Monday to 14th October - AIBA Women's World Championships - Ulan-Ude, Russia

Carom Billiards

Monday to Wednesday - World Championship Ladies 3-Cushion - Valencia, Spain

Thursday to Saturday - World Championship 3-Cushion Juniors - Valencia, Spain

Chess

9th September to Friday - FIDE World Cup 2019 - Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia

Tuesday to 14th October - FIDE World Youth U14, U16, U18 Chess Championship 2019 - Mumbai, India

Climbing

Friday to Sunday - European Championship (L,S) - Edinburgh, Scotland

Cricket

Monday - Australia Women v Sri Lanka (2nd ODI) - Sydney, Australia;  Women Pakistan v Sri Lanka (2nd ODI) - Karachi, Pakistan

Tuesday - India Women v South Africa Women (4th T20I) - Surat, India

Wednesday - Australia Women v Sri Lanka Women (3rd T20I) - Sydney, Australia; Pakistan v Sri Lanka (3rd ODI) - Karachi, Pakistan

Wednesday to Sunday - India v South Africa (1st Test) - Visakhapatnam, India

Friday - India Women v South Africa Women (5th T20I) - Surat, India

Saturday - Austalia Women v Sri Lanka Women (1st ODI) - Brisbane, Australia

Dance Sports

Saturday - WDSF World Championship (Latin) - Ostrava, Czech Republic; WDSF World Championship (Standard) - Toronto, Canada

Darts

Saturday to 12th October - BoyleSports World Grand Prix - Dublin, Ireland

Draughts

14th September to Friday - FMJD World Championship - Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast

Equestrian

Thursday to Sunday - Showjumping - Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup Final - Barcelona, Spain

Friday - Group 1 Racing - Darley Alcibiades Stakes - Keeneland, USA

Saturday - Group 1 Racing - Livamol Classic - Hastings, New Zealand; TAB Turnbull Stakes - Flemington, Australia; TAB Epsom Handicap - Randwick, Australia; Qatar Prix de Royallieu; Qatar Prix du Cadran - Longchamp, France; Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes - Newmarket, England; Champagne Stakes; Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Stakes - Belmont Park, USA; Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes; Claiborne Breeders' Futurity; First Lady Stakes - Keeneland, USA

Sunday - Group 1 Racing - Prix de L'Opera Longines; Qatar Prix de la Fore^T; Qatar Prix Jean Luc Lagarde}Re-Grand Criterium; Prix de L'Abbaye de Longchamp Longines; Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac Criterium des Pouliches; Qatar Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe - Longchamp, France; Flower Bowl Stakes; Frizette Stakes - Belmont Park, USA; Juddmonte Spinster Stakes - Keeneland, USA

Fencing

Saturday - FIE Veterans World Championship - Cairo, Egypt

Golf

Thursday to Saturday - Vodacom Origins of Golf - Stellenbosch, South Africa

Thursday to Sunday - Tokai Classic - Aichi, Japan; Mercuries Taiwan Masters - Taipei City, Taiwan; Hero Women's Indian Open - Delhi, India; Mutuactivos Open de España - Madrid, Spain; Volunteers of America Classic - The Colony, Texas, USA; Shriners Hospitals for Children Open - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Gymnastics

Friday to 13th October - 49th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships - Stuttgart, Germany

Saturday to Sunday - FIG World Cup 2019 - Valladolid, Spain

Judo

Sunday to 8th October - Brasilia Grand Slam 2019 - Brasilia, Brazil

Jiu-Jitsu

Saturday to Sunday - German Open 2019 - Hanau, Germany

Karate

Friday to Sunday - Karate 1 Premier League - Moscow, Russia

Kite Sports

Wednesday to Sunday - IKA Kite-Foil World Series - Cagliari, Italy

Friday to 8th October - GKA Freestyle World Cup - Dakhla, Morocco

Life Saving

17th September to Monday - Lifesaving European Championships 2019 - Riccione, Italy

Motorcycling

Sunday - FIM MotoGP - PTT Thailand Grand Prix - Buriram, Thailand

Motor Racing

Thursday to Sunday - FIA Rally - Rally of Great Britain 

Sunday - FIA Endurance - 6 Hours of Fuji - Oyama, Japan

Mountaineering

Saturday - Skyrunner World Series - Sky Pirineu - Bagà, Spain

Mountain Running

Sunday - Chiavenna Lagùnc Vertical Kilometre - Chiavenna, Italy

Muay Thai

28th September to Sunday - IFMA Youth World Championships - Antalya, Turkey

Netball

Friday to Sunday - Netball Europe U21 Championship 2019 - Scotland & Wales

Orienteering

Thursday to Sunday - European Junior and Youth MTB Orienteering Championships; World Masters MTB Orienteering Championships 2019 - Rabenberg, Germany

Friday to Sunday - MTB Orienteering World Cup Round 3 - Rabenberg, Germany

Para Sports

Saturday to 14th October - 2019 IBSA Goalball European Championships (Group A) - Rostock, Germany

Poker

Thursday to Sunday - WPT Deepstacks UK - Nottingham, England

Friday to Sunday - WPT Australia - Gold Coast, Australia

Pole Sports

Thursday to Sunday - IPSF World Pole Sports Championships 2019 - Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Polo

27th September to Saturday - Xtreme Polo League - Argentina

Racquetball

Wednesday to Sunday - World Tour - 2019 United Healthcare US Open - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Rugby

Monday - Union - Scotland v Samoa - Kobe City, Japan; South Africa Women v Scotland Women - Cape Town, South Africa

Tuesday - League - Nigeria v Ghana; Cameroon v Morocco - Lagos, Nigeria

Wednesday - Union - France v USA - Fukuoka City, Japan; New Zealand v Canada - Oita Prefecture, Japan

Thursday - Union - Georgia v Fiji - Higashiosaka City, Japan; Ireland v Russia - Kobe City, Japan

Friday - Union - South Africa v Italy - Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Saturday - Union - Australia v Uruguay - Oita Prefecture, Japan; England v Argentina - Tokyo, Japan; Japan v Samoa - Toyota City, Japan; South Africa Women v Scotland Women - Cape Town, South Africa

Saturday to Sunday - Union - HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series 2020 - Glendale, Colorado, USA

Sunday - Union - New Zealand v Namibia - Tokyo, Japan; France v Tonga - Kumamoto City, Japan

School Sports

Thursday to 10th October - ISF WSC Beach Volleyball - San Vito lo Capo - Italy

Slot Racing

Friday to 12th October - 2019 ISRA World Championships - Corby, England

Squash

Saturday to 12th October - World Tour - 2019 FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Surfing

Thursday to 13th October - World Tour - Quicksilver Pro France - Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France

Table Soccer

Friday to Sunday - Masters - 2019 Taiwan Open - Taiwan; Sofia Grand Masters XII 2019 -  Bulgaria

Friday to Sunday - Pro - Pro Tour Santiago de Chile 2019 - Chile

Saturday to Sunday - Pro - Gams Open 2019 - Switzerland

Table Tennis

Tuesday to Sunday - 2019 ITTF World Tour Swedish Open - Stockholm, Sweden

Tennis

28th September to Sunday - Beijing Open - Beijing, China

Triathlon

Saturday to Sunday - 2019 Alanya ITU Paratriathlon World Cup - Alanya, Turkey

Underwater Sports

Tuesday to Sunday - TSSF Kas Baska Free Diving World Cup - Antalya, Turkey

Volleyball

Tuesday to 15th October - FIVB Volleyball World Cup Japan 2019 for Men - Various, Japan

Waterski & Wakeboarding

Wednesday to Sunday - 2019 IWWF Latin American Wakeboard & Wakeskate Championships - Mairiporã, São Paulo, Brazil

Windsurfing

27th September to Sunday - 2019 Mercedes-Benz World Cup - Sylt, Germany

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