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The Weekly Sports Review

11th to 17th October

India remain the hosts, but for reasons of the health situation within the nation during June earlier this year, the big International Cricket Council showpiece of the Men's T20 World Cup was moved to the United Arab Emirates and Oman. Next Sunday we have the first matches in Al Amerat, Oman, which begins the quest of sixteen teams aiming for the final and the coveted trophy at the Dubai International Stadium on the 14th November. Since the inception in 2007 in South Africa, the winners have been India, Pakistan, England, West Indies (twice) and Sri Lanka, the latter who are still the current champions as the 2020 World Cup was postponed. India are the favourites, but teams like Australia, New Zealand and South Africa who have never won the trophy, are all in form and will fancy their chances. As one World Cup is about to start, another completed last Sunday when Portugal became the new 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup champions beating Argentina 2-1 at the Kaunas Arena in Lithuania. Brazil claimed the bronze. The USA's Kyle Berkshire battled his way through four grueling days to win the inaugural Professional Long Drivers Association World Championships in Mesquite, Nevada. His winning drive was 422 yards. The women's division was won by Kanani Lodge with a drive of 328 yards, while Kyle Gabbard claimed the amateur category with 374 yards. 

At the ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships in Romania, Vanda Kiszli of Hungary claimed her third consecutive classic marathon world title. Confident in her own ability to cope with any situation, Kiszli never has a pre-race plan. Over to mountain biking and the overall UCI MTB Eliminator World Cup champions are the Netherland's Jeroen van Eck and Italy's Gaia Tormena, while Germany's Andreas Seewald and Italy's Mona Mitterwallner became the UCI MTB Marathon World Champions. The 2021 Baseball Men's U23 World Champions are Venezuela after beating the hosts Mexico in the final. October is a major month for World Athletics road races. In Geneva, Bahrain's Kalkidan Gezahegne broke the women's 10km world record by five seconds with a time of 29:38. This record was held by Kenya's Joyciline Jepkosgei, who hours later went on to win the London Marathon that elevated her to seventh on the world all-time list. Ethiopia's Sisay Lemma won the men's race. In basketball, Japan claimed their sixth FIBA Women's Asia Cup trophy. The Russian players, competing under the denomination 'CFR Team', won the FIDE Women's Chess Team World Championship. Italy's men's team won the FIVB U21 Volleyball World Championships in the hometown Cagliari. South Africa's Matt Sates set a new men's junior world record in the 200m IM at the FINA Swimming World Cup in Berlin, while compatriot Chad le Clos claimed his 146th World Cup win. 

In football, Spain ended Italy's 37-match unbeaten run at the San Siro and will meet France in the Nations League final. Italy had previously not lost a competitive match in their home nation since 1999. In track cycling, the Netherland's Hetty van der Wouw, Kyra Lamberink and Shanne Braspennincx set a new Women's Team Sprint world record at the European Track Cycling Championships. USA's Adeline Gray became the first U.S. wrestler to win six world titles after her victory in Oslo at the World Championships. Finally, Dutch actor and fitness model, Olivier Richters, is officially the tallest professional male bodybuilder at 7ft 1.9in, earning him a place in the Guinness World Records. Richters eats an incredible 7,000 calories per day to maintain his physique.

Until next time, have a great week in sport. 

Air Sports

7-16 October - 11th FAI World Paragliding Accuracy Championship - Prilep, North Macedonia


9-17 October - FINA World Men's Junior Water Polo Championships - Netanya, Israel

17 October - FINA/CNSG Marathon Swim World Series 2021 - Leg 10 - Hong Kong, China


October 11 - B.A.A. Boston Marathon - Boston, MA, USA

17 October - Shanghai International Elite 10km Race - Shanghai, China; Yellow River Estuary International Marathon - Dongying, China; Airtel Delhi Half Marathon - New Delhi, India; eDreams Mitja Marato Barcelona - Spain; Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris - Paris, France; TCS Amsterdam Marathon - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Axe Throwing

16 October - IATF Tour - APATC Finals - Sydney, Australia

Basque Pelota

17-23 October - FIVP X U23 World Championship Fronton 36M - Iscar - Vallelado, Spain


15-17 October - IFBB Diamond Cup - Skopje, North Macedonia; 2021 IFBB Nordic Championships - Lahti, Finland 

Boule Lyonnaise

12-17 October - World Championship - Women and Seniors - Alassio, Italy


7-15 October - IBSA 9-Pinn Bowling European Championships - Koprivnica, Croatia


15-23 October - Youth European Boxing Championships - Budva, Montenegro


15-21 October - European Youth Chess Championship 2021 - Various

16-26 October - World Amateur Championship 2021 - Rhodes, Greece


11 October - Zimbabwe Women v Ireland Women (4th ODI) - Harare, Zimbabwe

17 October to 14 November - ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021 - UAE and Oman

17 October - Oman v Papua New Guinea; Bangladesh v Scotland - Al Amerat, Oman


5-15 October - Pre-Olympic Qualification Event 2021 - Erzurum, Turkey


October 13 - 2021/2022 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup - Fayetteville, NC, USA

15-17 October - UCI Pump Track World Championships - Lisbon, Portugal

16 October - UCI E-MTB Cross-Country World Cup - Castelldefels-Barcelona, Spain; UCI Cycle-Ball World Cup VI - Beringen, Belgium

17 October - UCI MTB Marathon Series - ABSA Cape Epic - Cape Town, South Africa; UCI E-MTB Cross-Country World Cup - Castelldefels-Barcelona, Spain; 2021-2022 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup - Iowa, USA

Dance Sport

15-17 October - WDSF World Championship - U21 Standard - Rotterdam, The Netherlands

16 October - 2021 WDC European Championship - Professional Ballroom & 2021 WDC World Cup Pro-Am - Warsaw, Poland

16-17 October - WDC World Cup Smooth & WDC World Cup Pro Am - Chisinau, Moldova

17 October - WRRC World Championship Rock 'n' Roll - Krakow, Poland; WDSF World Championship - Senior II - Ten Dance - Vagos, Portugal


14-17 October - Cazoo European Championship - Salzburgarena, Salzburg, Austria


10-11 October - European Championships Blitz and Rapid - Chianciano Terme, Italy

English Billiards

16-17 October - World Billiards Tour - Welsh Open - Llanelli, Wales


11-18 October - 22nd World Military Championship Equestrian - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

13 October - Group One Racing - Thousand Guineas - Caulfield, Australia

15-17 October - FEI Jumping World Cup - Oslo, Norway

16 October - Group One Racing - Livamol Classic - Hastings, New Zealand; Caulfield Cup - Caulfield, Australia; Queen Elizabeth II Stakes; Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes; Qipco Champion Stakes; Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes - Ascot, England; San Isidro; Suipacha - San Isidro, Argentina; Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes - Keeneland, KY, USA

17 October - Shuka Sho - Hanshin, Japan; E.P. Taylor Stakes - Woodbine, Canada


13-14 October - F1 Esport Series Pro Championship 2021 - Event 1

Fishing (Sport)

9-16 October - 56th World Championship Boat Angling for Seniors - Bijela-Herceg Novi, Montenegro; 20th World Championship Shore Angling U21; 29th World Championship Shore Angling U16 - Peniscola, Spain


15-17 October - Euro Floorball 2021 Tour - Women and Women U19 - Lempäälä, Finland


11-14 October - International Qualification Matches - Various

Freestyle Football

16 August to 10 November - World Youth Freestyle Football Championship - Online


13-16 October - Blue Label Challenge - Sun City, South Africa

October 14-16 - Aramco Team Series - New York - Glen Oaks, NY, USA

14-17 October - Japan Open Golf Championship - Shiga, Japan; Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters - Sotogrande, Spain; The CJ Cup @ Summit - Las Vegas, NV, USA


15-17 October - FIG World Challenge Cup 2021 - Cluj-Napoca, Romania


13 October - FIH Pro League (Women) Netherlands v Belgium - Amstelveen, The Netherlands

16-17 October - FIH Pro League - Belgium v Germany - Brussels, Belgium


16-17 October - Senior European Cup 2021 - Dubrovnik, Croatia; Paris Grand Slam 2021 - Paris, France

Jump Rope

1-31 October - IJRU Virtual World Championship Series


15-17 October - OKF Senior Continental Championships - Sydney, Australia


15-24 October - WAKO Senior and Master World Championship 2021 (all disciplines) - Jesolo Lido, Italy

Kite Sports

11-17 October - IKA Formula Kite Women's and Men's World Championships - Torregrande, Sardinia, Italy

Mixed Martial Arts

October 16 - Bellator MMA - Vadim Nemkov v Julius Anglickas; Ryan Bader v Corey Anderson; Benson Henderson v Brent Primus; Henry Corrales v Vladyslav Parubchenko - Phoenix, AZ, USA

October 17 - UFC Main Card - Aspen Ladd v Norma Dumont; Andrei Arlovski v Carlos Felipe; Jim Miller v Erick Gonzalez; Andrew Sanchez v Bruno Silva; Manon Fiorot v Mayra Bueno Silva; Julian Marquez v Jordan Wright; Danny Roberts v Ramazan Emeev; Sijara Eubanks v Luana Carolina; Nate Landwehr v Ludovit Klein; Danaa Batgerel v Brandon Davis; Istela Nunes v Ariane Carnelossi - Las Vegas, NV, USA

Modern Pentathlon

16 October - UIPM Global Laser Run City Tour - Chiatura, Georgia; UIPM Global Laser Run City Tour - Zagreb, Croatia


15-17 October - FIM Superbike World Championship - Argentinian Round - San Juan Villicum Circuit, Argentina

16-17 October - 2021 Monster Energy Speedway of Nations Final - Manchester, England

17 October - FIM Motocross World Championship - MXGP of Spain - Intu Xanadú - Arroyomolinos, Spain

Motor Racing

14-17 October - FIA World Rally Championship - Rally de España - Salou, Spain

16-17 October - FIA World Touring Car Cup - Round 11 & 12 - Pau-Arnos, France; FIA World Rallycross Championship - Round 7 - Montalegre, Portugal

17 October - 2021 NASCAR Cup Series - Round 8 - Texas Motor Speedway, TX, USA

Mountain Running

12-17 October - Ultra Sanabria (multi-day race in stages) - Sanabria, Spain


13-16 October - FIP World Tour 2021 - Doha, Qatar

17-24 October - World Padel Tour - Cervezas Victoria Córdoba, Spain


October 13-17 - APP Tour - 2021 Hilton Head Pickleball Open - Hilton Head Island, SC, USA


15-17 October - UIM F2 World Championship - Grand Prix of Portugal II - Vila Velha de Ródão, Portugal


15-16 October - North American and Pan American Regional Bench Press Championships - San Jose, Costa Rica

Rodeo (Pro)

October 14-16 - Austin Co. Fair & Rodeo - Bellville, TX, USA; Ram Prairie Circuit Finals - Duncan, OK, USA

October 15-16 - Black Gold Stampede - Henderson, TX, USA

October 16-17 - 8th Annual Arcadia Fall Rodeo - Arcadia, FL, USA

*All with prize money of $20k and higher


17-24 October - 2021 World Rowing Championships - Shanghai, China

Rugby Fives

16 October - Lady's Cup 2021 - Cambridge, England


16 October - Belfast 100 Mile and 50k Road Race - Belfast Victoria Park, Northern Ireland


7-14 October - RC$$ World Championship - Scarlino, Italy

8-15 October - Finn Master World Championship - Mar Menor, Spain

16-23 October - IODA Optimist Asian & Oceanian American Championship - Royal Varuna Yacht Club, Thailand

17-23 October - 2021 J/111 World Championship - Hampton Yacht Club, VA, USA


15-17 October - World Youth and Junior Sambo Championships - Thessaloniki, Greece

Sled Dog Racing

16-17 October - IFSS World Cup - Severnyi Puti - Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan; IFSS World Cup - Dotys Dusty Dog Dryland Race - Mountain, WI, USA


9-17 October - WST Northern Ireland Open - Belfast, Northern Ireland


17-23 October - PSA World Tour - Qatar Q-Terminals Classic 2021 - Doha, Qatar


October 3-13 - WSL Longboard Tour #2 - Jeep Malibu Classic - Malibu, CA, USA

13-15 October - WSL Men's and Women's Junior Pro 40 Stop #4 - Capbreton / Hossegor / Seignosse, Landes, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France


27 September to 31 October - Online 2021 World Taekwondo Poomsae Open Challenge III


October 6-17 - BNP Paribas Open (WTA/ATP) - Indian Wells, CA, USA

Tower Running

17 October - Hangzhou Towerrunning Race - Hangzhou, China


16 October - IRONMAN Mallorca - Alcúdia, Mallorca, Spain

17 October - 2021 Africa Triathlon Duathlon Championships - Windhoek, Namibia

Underwater Sports

15-17 October - 2nd Master Finswimming European Championship - Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy


October 12-17 - 2021 IWWF World Waterski Championships - Groveland, FL, USA


5-12 October - IWF Youth World Championship - Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

15-23 October - European Masters Championships - Alkmaar, The Netherlands

17-24 October - PAn-American Junior Championships - Guadalajara, Mexico

Wheelchair Sports

10-12 October - International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports Association World Games 2021 - Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal

* We have listed the above events based on the best information we can obtain. The current circumstances mean some of these may be postponed or cancelled at the last moment.

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