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The Weekly Sports Review

3rd to 9th January

Happy New Year to the sporting world and all the supporters. As the day falls on a Saturday on this occasion, many current tournaments have literally seen out 2021 and welcomed in 2022 with the added challenge of remaining focussed on the task at hand. Sport was greatly affected from all the restrictions of 2020, and some governing bodies are still reeling from that. Big adjustments had to be made last year to ensure seasons could go ahead for most sports, but we know of many who had no presence at all. We truly hope that 2022 presents an opportunity for every sport to regroup and resume with the vision they originally started their organisation with, so that it ensures we get to participate as athletes and supporters all around the world.

Apart from several World Cup events in winter sports, the ATP Cup started in Sydney today. Russia are the defending champions of the showpiece tennis tournament. Over in Adelaide, several ATP and WTA tournaments feature this week in the lead up to the first Grand Slam later this month. Today was also the start of arguably one of the most toughest races in motor sport. Dakar Rally 2022 has headed back to the desert terrains of Saudi Arabia where trucks, motorbikes, quad bikes and several specialised vehicles navigate their way to the grand prize of the finish line on the 14th January.

Last weekend Zhu Lin of China won her first World Tennis Association title at the Korea Open. What was remarkable about the tournament is that it was the first return of tennis to East Asia since the start of the pandemic, perhaps highlighting the impact it has made to the region. The Australian cricket team has made light work of the next edition of The Ashes, the showpiece test cricket event between Australia and England. They swept the third test by an innings and 14 runs at the formidable MCG in Melbourne, taking an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series. We stay in Australia where Black Jack, owned by Peter Harburg and skippered by Mark Bradford, took the line honours in the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Bradford and his crew took 2 days, 12 hours, 37 minutes and 17 seconds to complete the race that started on Boxing Day. Austrian duo of Lisa Theresa Hauser and Felix Leitner took the Biathlon World Team Challenge at a very wet, spectator-free Chiemgau Arena in Ruhpolding, Germany, earlier in the week. 

UFC's heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou, is preparing for his defence of his title later this month, but there are some issues to resolve with his current contract that may delay the fight. Something special happened in the sport of skeleton yesterday. Latvia's Tomass Dukurs won his second World Cup victory in Sigulda, 18 years after his first. Normally his younger brother, Martins, has been taking all the limelight, but this victory is a special one for Tomass. Warsaw hosted two major chess events recently. Chess icon Magnus Carlsen of Norway was stripped of this World Rapid Championship title by 17-year-old Uzbek prodigy Nodirbek Abdusatorov, while Russia's Alexandra Kosteniuk claimed the women's championship. In the Blitz category, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France and Bibisara Assaubayeva, another 17-year-old prodigy but this time from Kazakhstan, are the new champions. Finally, Ethiopia's Ejegayehu Taye and Berihu Aregawi broke the world 5km records at the Cursa dels Nassos in Barcelona yesterday, clocking 14:19 and 12:49 respectively.

We wish you a very prosperous year and until next time, have a great week in sport.

Athletics

6 January - 65° Campaccio - International Cross-Country - San Giorgio Su Legnano, Italy 

9 January - Elgoibar Juan Muguerza Cross-Country - Elgoibar, Spain

Biathlon

6-9 January - BMW IBU World Cup - Oberhof, Germany

Bobsleigh

6-7 January - Women's Monobob World Series - Innsbruck, Austria

6-8 January - Europe Cup - Innsbruck, Austria

8 January - Women's Monobob World Series - Winterberg, Germany

8-9 January - BMW IBSF World Cup - Winterberg, Germany

Cricket

1-5 January - New Zealand v Bangladesh (1st Test) - Tauranga, New Zealand

3-7 January - South Africa v India (2nd Test) - Johannesburg, South Africa

5-9 January - Australia v England (4th Test) - Sydney, Australia

8 January - West Indies v Ireland (1st ODI) - Kingston, Jamaica 

9-13 January - New Zealand v Bangladesh (2nd Test) - Christchurch, New Zealand

9-12 January - ICC U19 Men's Cricket World Cup Warm Up Matches - West Indies

Curling

3-14 January - World Junior-B Curling Championships 2022 - Lohja, Finland

Dance Sport

January 2-9 - UCWDC Country Dance World Championships - Orlando, FL, USA

Darts

15 December 2021 to 3 January 2022 - PDC World Darts Championship - London, Great Britain

Draughts

5-20 January - World Title Match - Roel Boomstra v Aleksandr Schwarzman - Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Fencing

7-8 January - FIE Junior Individual World Cup - Budapest, Hungary

8-9 January - FIE Junior Individual World Cup - Udine, Italy

Football

9 January to 6 February - TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations 2021 - Cameroon

Golf

6-9 January - Sentry Tournament of Champions - Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

Luge

5-6 January - FIL Junior Luge World Cup - Latzfons, Italy

7-9 January - FIL Luge World Cup - Umhausen, Germany

8-9 January - Eberspächer World Cup; BMW Sprint World Cup - Sigulda, Latvia

Marathon Ski

4 January - Vasaloppet China - Changchun, China

Motorcycling

8 January - FIM Supercross World Championship Round 1 - Anaheim, CA, USA

Motor Sport

1-14 January - Dakar Rally - Saudi Arabia

Rackets

7-23 January - Brown Advisory British Open Singles Championships 2022 - London, Great Britain

Real Tennis

7-9 January - Club Handicap Singles Winners (Chetwood Cup) - Hyde, England; Fathers & Sons Championships 2022 - Leamington, England

Rodeo (Pro)

January 6-15 - Sandhills Stock Show & Rodeo - Odessa, TX, USA

January 7-8 - Cinch World's Toughest Rodeo - Des Moines, IA, USA

Denotes prize money from $20k

Running

6 January - Spartanion - Tel Aviv, Israel

Skating

7-9 January - ISU European Speed Skating Championships - Heerenveen, The Netherlands

Skeleton

5-6 January - Intercontinental Cup - Altenberg, Germany

7 January - BMW IBSF World Cup - Winterberg, Germany

9 January - Europe Cup; Junior and U20 European Championships - Altenberg, Germany

Ski & Snowboarding

3-4 January - FIS Men's Ski Jumping World Cup - Innsbruck, Austria; FIS Cross-Country World Cup - Val di Fiemme, Italy

4-5 January - FIS Alpine World Cup - Zagreb, Croatia

5-6 January - FIS Men's Ski Jumping World Cup - Bischofshofen, Germany

January 5 - FIS Aerials World Cup - Le Relais, Canada

6-9 January - FIS Nordic Combined World Cup - Val di Fiemme, Italy

January 6-8 - FIS Snowboard Slopestyle and Halfpipe World Cup; FIS Slopestyle and Halfpipe World Cup - Mammoth Mountain, CA, USA

7-9 January - FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup - Krasnoyarsk, Russia

January 7-8 - FIS Moguls World Cup - Tremblant, Canada

8-9 January - FIS Women's Slalom and Giant Slalom World Cup - Maribor, Slovenia; FIS Men's Ski Jumping World Cup - Bischofshofen, Austria; FIS Men's Slalom and Giant Slalom World Cup - Adelboden, Switzerland

8 January - FIS Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom World Cup - Scuol, Switzerland

Squash

January 4-9 - PSA World Tour - Houston Open 2022 - Houston, TX, USA

Table Soccer

8-9 January - ITSF Pro Tour - Lucerne, Switzerland

Tennis

1-9 January - ATP Cup - Sydney, Australia

3-9 January - Adelaide International 1 (ATP/WTA) - Adelaide, Australia

4-9 January - Melbourne Summer Set 1; Melbourne Summer Set 2 (ATP/WTA) - Melbourne, Australia

* 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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