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The week in review

9th to 15th March

In a short while Australia will take on India to defend their title in the ICC Women's T20 World Cup Final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The holders have won it four times before and despite home advantage, have shown some vulnerability in the tournament. They lost their opening group match against the very same opponents they will face today. They were also somewhat fortunate to make it past South Africa in the semi-finals in the match affected by rain. It never really favours the team batting second when the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method recalculates the target score. This brings us to a discussion point at every ICC World Cup where rain affects matches, especially in the knock-out phases. Why does the ICC not allocate a reserve day for the semi-finals or finals? In this instance India advanced to the final without playing a ball against England as the match was rained off. Considering what it means to those taking part and the followers of their teams, it really is difficult to understand why the ICC cannot introduce a reserve day to simply give it one more chance to complete the match. Both England and South Africa can feel very disappointed and we only hope this aspect of a spectacular tournament is adjusted for the future.

Aesthetic Group Gymnastics start their World Cup and Challenge Cup season in Vantaa in Finland. There are three rounds before the World Championships in November. At the HSBC World Rugby Sevens men's series in Los Angeles last weekend, spectators were entertained to a spectacular final between Fiji and South Africa. The latter won in extra time and are now in Vancouver at the next round to defend their title. The World Surf League tour currently involves a number of Junior Pro Tours with three planned for next week. Fans have been waiting a long time and the first race of the FIA Formula One World Championship will finally be showcased at Melbourne next weekend. We have World Championships in Icestocksport in Germany and Women's Curling in Canada. Las Vegas is the annual venue for the Predator World 10-ball Pool Billiards Championships starting on Sunday until the 20th March. FISA is a world governing body overseeing university sports and next weekend we head to Amsterdam for the Speed Skating Championships. The Cross-Country Championships meant for yesterday in Marrakesh has been postponed. Lastly, in tennis WTA and ATP come together for the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells starting on Wednesday until the 22nd March. The Skibob season comes to an end with a World Cup Final over the weekend. There have been two cancellations of World Tour dates this year. In South Africa former cricket stars will be convening in Cape Town for the 2020 Over 50s Cricket World Cup starting on Tuesday.

Safety comes first and we fully agree with various authorities in their decision to cancel or postpone tournaments until we can bring the Coronavirus under control. This affects everyone and not only the sporting world and we hope for a breakthrough very shortly. The list of weekly events is correct at the time of writing, but bear in mind to expect postponements of even cancellations. Until next time, we trust you will have a great sporting week. 

Aesthetic Group Gymnastics

Thursday to Sunday - World Cup I & Challenge Cup I; Yvette Trophy - Vantaa, Finland

Air Sports

7th March to Saturday - 4th FAI Pan-American Paragliding Championship - Baixo Guandú, Brazil

Badminton

Wednesday to Sunday - Yonex All England Open 2020 - Birmingham, England

Bandy

Friday to Sunday - 2020 World Championship Y17 Boys - Lidköping, Sweden

Biathlon

Monday to Sunday - BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon - Kontiolahti, Finland; IBU Junior Open European Championship - Hochfilzen, Austria

Bodybuilding

7th March to Tuesday - Siberian Power Show - Krasnoyarsk, Russia

8th March to Tuesday - IFBB Ahmed Ali Diamond Cup Egypt - Cairo, Egypt

Canoeing

Saturday to Sunday - 2020 ICF Canoe Slalom World Ranking Basel - Basel-Huningue, Switzerland (cancelled)

Chess

1st March to Saturday - Women's FIDE Grand Prix - Lausanne, Switzerland

5th March to Sunday - World Team Chess Championship 50+, 65+ 2020 - Prague, Czech Republic

Cricket

Monday - Bangladesh v Zimbabwe (1st T20I) - Mirpur, Bangladesh

Tuesday - Afghanistan v Ireland (3rd T20I) - Greater Noida, India

Tuesday to 24th March - 2020 Over 50s Cricket World Cup - Cape Town, South Africa

Wednesday - Bangladesh v Zimbabwe (2nd T20I) - Mirpur, Bangladesh

Thursday - India v South Africa (1st ODI) - Dharamsala, India

Friday - Australia v New Zealand (1st ODI) - Sydney, Australia

Sunday - Australia v New Zealand (1st ODI) - Sydney, Australia; India v South Africa (2nd ODI) - Lucknow, India

Curling

Saturday to 22nd March - World Women's Curling Championship 2020 - Prince George, BC, Canada (cancelled)

Cycling

Sunday - UCI Women's WorldTour - Ronde van Drenthe - The Netherlands (cancelled)

Dance Sports

Saturday - WDSF Senior II World Championship (Latin) - Alicante, Spain (cancelled)

Draughts

7th March to Saturday - Turkish Open World Cup - Antalya, Turkey

Equestrian

Tuesday to Sunday - Palm Beach Open - Wellington, FL, USA

Wednesday to Sunday - Jumping World Cup - Warsaw, Poland

Thursday to Sunday - Dressage - The Dutch Masters 2020 - s'Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

Saturday - Group 1 Racing - Beholder Mile Stakes - Santa Anita, CA, USA

Fencing

Friday to Sunday - 2020 Absolute Gear FIE Grand Prix - Anaheim, CA, USA

Golf

Thursday to Saturday - Investec South African Women's Open - Cape Town, South Africa

Thursday to Sunday - The Players - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA

Gymnastics

Tuesday to Sunday - 15th African Championships - Sharm-el-Sheik, Egypt

Thursday to Sunday - FIG World Cup 2020 - Baku, Azerbaijan

Hockey

Saturday to Sunday - FIH Men's Pro League - Spain v Australia - Valencia, Spain

Ice Cross

Saturday - Red Bull Ice Cross World Championship Tour - Alpe di Siusi / Seiseralm, Italy

Icestocksport

Monday to Saturday - 13th World Championship 2020 - Regen, Germany

Judo

Friday to Sunday - World Tour - Ekaterinburg Grand Slam 2020 - Ekaterinburg, Russia

Kickboxing

Friday to Sunday - Serbia Open European Kickboxing Cup - Belgrade, Serbia

Motorcycling

Saturday - FIM Supercross World Championship - Indianapolis, IN, USA

Motor Racing

Friday to Sunday - FIA Formula One World Championship - Melbourne, Australia (cancelled); FIA Rally World Championship - Rally México

Orienteering

8th March to Sunday - European Ski Orienteering Championships 2020 - Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia

Padel

Friday to Sunday - World Tour - Yucatán Exhibition 2020 - De Marzo, Spain

Para Sports

8th March to Tuesday - Wheelchair Rugby - 2020 Vancouver Invitational WC Rugby Tournament - Richmond, Canada

Wednesday to Saturday - 2020 IWAS Wheelchair Fencing World Cup - Sao Paulo, Brazil

Saturday to 18th March - 2020 IWAS Wheelchair Fencing Americas Championship - Sao Paulo, Brazil

Poker

Friday to 17th March - World Tour - WPT at Venetian - Ashford, England

Polo

24th February to 24th March - USPA Gold Cup - USA

Pool Billiards

Tuesday to Saturday - Diamond Las Vegas Open (10-ball) - Las Vegas, NV, USA

Sunday to 20th March - Predator World 10-ball Championship - Las Vegas, NV, USA

Powerlifting

Monday to Saturday - European Classic Masters Powerlifting Championships - Albi, France

Racquetball

Thursday to Sunday - World Tour - 35th Annual KWM Gutterman Shamrock Shootout presented by MyPillow - Lombard, IL, USA

Rugby

6th March to Saturday - Union - World Rugby Pacific Challenge 2020 - Various

8th March to Tuesday - Wheelchair - 2020 Vancouver Invitational WC Rugby Tournament - Richmond, Canada

Saturday - Union - Romania v Belgium; Georgia v Russia; Wales v Scotland; Italy v England; France v Ireland

Sunday - Union - Spain v Portugal; Wales Women v Scotland Women; Italy Women v England Women; France Women v Ireland Women

Shooting

4th March to Friday - ISSF World Cup Shotgun - Nicosia, Cyprus

Skating

Friday to Saturday - ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships - Nottingham, England

Skibob

Thursday to Sunday - World Cup Final - Nassfeld, Austria (cancelled)

Ski & Snowboarding

5th March to Saturday - FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships - Narvik, Norway

Tuesday - FIS Snowboard Parallel Slalom World Cup - Livigno, Italy (cancelled)

Wednesday to Thursday - FIS Ski Jumping World Cup - Trondheim, Norway (cancelled)

Thursday to Saturday - FIS Women's Alpine World Cup - Åre, Sweden (cancelled)

Thursday to Sunday - CIT Arnold Lunn World Cup - Val Thorens, France

Friday to Sunday - FIS Women's Ski Jumping World Cup - Nizhny Tagil, Russia (cancelled); FIS Freestyle Moguls World Cup - Idre Fjäll, Sweden (cancelled); FIS Men's Ski Jumping World Cup - Vikersund, Norway (cancelled); FIS Speed Skiing World Cup - Formigal, Spain (cancelled)

Saturday - FIS Freestyle Ski Cross World Cup - Veysonnaz, Switzerland

Saturday to Sunday - FIS Masters Cup - Pec pod Sněžkou, Czech Republic; FIS Snowboard Parallel Slalom World Cup - Winterberg, Germany (cancelled); FIS Men's Alpine World Cup - Kranjska Gora, Slovenia (cancelled); CIT Arnold Lunn World Cup - Dienten, Austria (cancelled); FIS Cross-Country and Stage World Cup - Québec, Canada

Sunday - FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup - Veysonnaz, Switzerland

Ski Mountaineering

Saturday - ISMF North American Championship - Shedhorn Skimo Race - Big Sky Resort, MT, USA

Snooker

Wednesday to Sunday - BetVictor Gibraltar Open - Gibraltar

Sport Stacking

Saturday - WSSA 2020 Sunflower Stack Up - Uniontown, KS, USA

Squash

8th March to Friday - St. James's Place Canary Wharf Squash Classic - London, United Kingdom

Surfing

Monday to Friday - Paparā Pro Junior Tahiti - Paparā, Tahiti

Thursday to Sunday - Ron Jon Roxy Junior Pro; Ron Jon Quicksilver Junior Pro - Shepard Beach Park, FL, USA

Saturday - Piha Pro Junior - Piha, New Zealand

Table Hockey

Saturday - World Tour - Moscow Open 2020 - Moscow, Russia

Table Soccer

Saturday to Sunday - World Tour - ProTour Sudamericano - Bolivia 2020 - Cochabamba, Bolivia

Table Tennis

Tuesday to Saturday - ITTF World Junior Circuit Peru Junior & Cadet Open - Lima, Peru

Tennis

Wednesday to 22nd March - BNP Paribas Open - Indian Wells, CA, USA (cancelled)

Teqball

Saturday - Székelyudvarhely Challenger Cup 2020 - Székelyudvarhely, Romania

Sunday - San Diego Challenger Cup 2020 - San Diego, CA, USA

Triathlon

Friday to Sunday - 2020 Sarasota PATCO Triathlon Junior North American Championships; 2020 Sarasota PATCO Paratriathlon Panamerican Championships; 2020 Sarasota PATCO Sprint Triathlon Panamerican Cup - Sarasota, FL, USA

Friday to Saturday - 2020 La Paz (MEX) PATCO Triathlon Panamerican Cup - La Paz, Mexico

Saturday - 2020 Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup - Mooloolaba, Australia

Saturday to Sunday - 2020 Putrajaya ASTC Powerman Middle Distance Duathlon Asian Championships - Dataran Putrajaya, Malaysia

Sunday - 2020 Shandrani ATU Triathlon African Cup - Blue Bay, Mauritius; 2020 Huelva ETU Triathlon European Cup - Huelva, Spain; IRONMAN 70.3 - Campeche, Mexico; IRONMAN 70.3 - San Juan, Porto Rico; 5150 Triathlon Series Superseal Triathlon - Coronado, CA, USA

Volleyball

Wednesday to Sunday - FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour - Langkawi, Malaysia

Thursday to Sunday - FIVB Snow Volleyball World Tour - Erciyes Kayseri, Turkey

University Sports

Tuesday to Friday - WUC Speed Skating Championships - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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