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The weekly sports review

29th March to 4th April

Welcome to another weekly sports review as many parts of the world are slowly easing out of the restrictions they have had to put up with over the last few months. We tentatively say this, as for several nations across Europe further lockdowns have recently been ordered. For over a year now the world has experienced incredible socio-economic factors, but it is important to look forward to every situation improving or for some to be done differently than how we have gone about it in the past. Many sports adjusted quickly and have put together seasons for 2021 that will still be affected by the lack of spectators attending, but the key is participation. In particular we can mention the Ski & Snowboarding season, despite reducing the main activity to Europe and the United States, all the major championships have gone ahead. The same can be said of the Bobsleigh & Skeleton, and Luge Federations. It is essential that smaller sports governing bodies remain determined to find the support, aim to put a season together, and ensure the survival of the sport.

We celebrate the big achievements and a week ago Yang Jiayu of China, the 2017 world champion, smashed the 20km race walk record by 49 seconds. The new record now stands at an incredible 1:23:49. Tomorrow the FIS Freestyle Junior World Ski and Snowboard Championships in Krasnoyarsk come to a close. Apart from a Nor-Am Cup event in Aspen over a week from now, most of the major snow sport activities across Europe finishes this weekend. Wales have secured the Six Nations title last night when the rescheduled match between France and Scotland was completed. Scotland shocked us all by winning 23-27 in Paris. Further rugby union news is that the organisers of the British & Irish Lions tour have decided to follow through with the original plan and tour South Africa. Extreme E is an off-road mixed-team championship that opens with the first race in Saudi Arabia next weekend. This is an exciting new championship for motorsport enthusiasts. Some of the major events to look forward to over the next week are the World Men's Curling Championships in Calgary, and the Junior/Cadet World Fencing Championships in Le Caire.

Take care and have a great week in sport!

Beach Volleyball

Monday to Wednesday - FIVB Continental Tour - Santiago, Chile

Canoe

Thursday to Saturday - 2021 Oceania Canoe Marathon Championships - Tauranga, New Zealand

Cricket

Monday to Friday - West Indies v Sri Lanka (2nd Test) - North Sound, Antigua

Tuesday - New Zealand v Bangladesh (2nd T20I) - Napier, New Zealand; New Zealand Women v Australia Women (2nd T20I) - Napier, New Zealand

Thursday - New Zealand v Bangladesh (3rd T20I) - Auckland, New Zealand; New Zealand Women v Australia Women (3rd T20I) - Auckland, New Zealand

Friday - South Africa v Pakistan (1st ODI) - Centurion, South Africa

Sunday - New Zealand Women v Australia Women (1st ODI) - Tauranga, New Zealand; South Africa v Pakistan (2nd ODI) - Johannesburg, South Africa

Curling

Friday to 11th April - World Men's Curling Championship 2021 - Calgary, Canada

Cycling

Wednesday - UCI WorldTour - Dwars Door Vlaanderen - Belgium

Sunday - UCI Women's WorldTour and UCI WorldTour - Ronde van Vlaanderen - Belgium

Fencing

Saturday to 11th April - FIe Junior/Cadet World Championship - Le Caire, Egypt

Football

Monday to Wednesday - International Week

Golf

Thursday to Sunday - ANA Inspiration - Rancho Mirage, CA, USA; Valero Texas Open - San Antonio, TX, USA

Hockey

Saturday to Sunday - FIH Hockey Pro League (Argentina v Germany) - Cenard, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Judo

Thursday to Saturday - IJF Antalya Grand Slam 2021 - Antalya, Turkey

Motorcycling

Friday to Sunday - FIM MotoGP World Championship - Grand Prix of Doha - Losail International Circuit, Doha, Qatar

Motor Racing

Saturday to Sunday - FIA Extreme E World Championship - Desert X Prix - Wadi Rum, Alula, Saudi Arabia

Netball

25th March to Wednesday - Spar Challenge 2021 (South Africa, Uganda, Namibia) - Cape Town, South Africa

Padel

Sunday to 11th April - World Padel Tour - Adeslas Madrid Open - Madrid, Spain

Polo

27th March to 20th April - US Open Cup - USA

Rugby Union

Saturday to 24th April - Women's Six Nations

Running

Sunday - N Kolay Istanbul Half Marathon - Istanbul, Turkey

Sailing

27th March to Saturday - Optimist South American Championship - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Thursday to Sunday - Soling South American Championship - Porto Alegre, Brazil

Thursday to 8th April - Mussanah Open Championship 2021 - Asian and African Olympic Qualifying - Al Mussanah Sports City, Oman

Surfing

Thursday to 11th April - WSL Women's and Men's Championship Tour - Rip Curl Newcastle Cup - Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Tennis

23rd March to Sunday - Miami Open (WTA/ATP) - Miami, FL, USA

Weightlifting

Saturday to 11th April - EWF European Senior Weightlifting Championships - Moscow, Russia

Wrestling

Friday to Sunday - Africa and Oceania Olympic Games Qualifying - Hammamet, Turkey

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