27th July to 2nd August
In our review this week we take a brief look at potential trouble brewing at World Rugby. A report surfaced from the lobby group Pacific Ruby Player Welfare calling for an independent review of the recent elections in May when Bill Beaumont was re-elected as President of the international governing body for rugby union. Its claim is that the French Rugby Federation (FFR) offered the Fiji Rugby Federation preferential treatment for its vote. FFR also backed Bill Beaumont as President and Bernard Laporte of France was chosen as his deputy. World Rugby has in the meantime made a press release denying any wrongdoing during the voting process, including any of the claims. The lobby group apparently have a 59-page document detailing other failings and accusations directed at World Rugby. We have no idea what is factual or not in this matter. There will apparently be legal action taken by FFR, but as we have experienced before from similar situations with sports world governing bodies, it disappears and we never hear the truth. It must be said, the voting process to decide who hosts the World Cup in 2023 was mired in controversy. It was awarded to France, when South Africa was effectively earmarked to win the vote. Even so, World Rugby were not to blame for the voting process. What sport needs most of all is for any governing body to show transparency and integrity in its leadership and we hope these claims are not true.
Golf news from last weekend at the PGA Tour's Memorial Tournament, is that Jon Rahm has taken over the number one ranking from Rory McIlroy after also taking victory on Sunday. In Austria Joël Stalter won his first European Tour title at the Euram Bank Open. Next Thursday is the World Golf Championship - FedEx St.Jude Invitational in Memphis. In Formula One Lewis Hamilton comfortably won round 2. Mercedes look very dominant this season and one wonders who will challenge them. The organisers have also cancelled Grands Prix in Mexico, Brazil and the United States, and added Nürburgring, Imola and Portugal's Portimao to the current season. It does seem that 2020 will be completed only in Europe so far, but we may see dates in Japan and China added later in the year.
England comfortably beat West Indies in the second test in Manchester to level the series. The third and deciding test is currently underway at the same venue. World Rugby has announced a window in November and December for internationals, including the completion of the Six Nations and the Rugby Championship. The latter will most likely be played in New Zealand where all four teams will be based. The organisers of the Giro d'Italia have published dates for a revised tour, which will now feature from the 3rd to 25th October, and will also run after the revised Tour de France. Road cycling also enters into its first races next Saturday in Italy. Snooker has its biggest event of the season starting next Friday. The World Championship will again be held in Sheffield, England. One season starting next weekend is the World Mountain Running Association World Tour and another continuing after the extended lockdown period is the FIM Superbike World Championship.
Here are the events to look out for and until next time, have a great sporting week!
22nd July to Thursday - FIDE Online Olympiad
24th July to Tuesday - England v West Indies (3rd Test) - Manchester, England
Thursday - England v Ireland (1st ODI) - Southampton, England
Saturday - England v Ireland (2nd ODI) - Southampton, England
Saturday - Road - UCI Women's WorldTour and WorldTour - Strade Bianche - Italy
Thursday to Sunday - Hero Open - Birmingham, England; WGC - FedEx St.Jude Invitational - Memphis, TN, USA
Friday to Sunday - LPGA Drive On Championship - Toledo, OH, USA
Friday to Sunday - FIM Superbike World Championship - Pirelli Spanish Round - Circuito de Jerez, Spain
Friday to Sunday - FIA Formula One World Championship - Pirelli British Grand Prix 2020 - Silverstone, England
Saturday - WMRA Piz Tri Vertikal - Malonno, Italy
Sunday - WMRA Fletta Trail - Malonno, Italy
Friday to 16th August - Betfred World Championship - Sheffield, England