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The Weekly Sports Review

7th to 13th February

Yesterday was the spectacular opening of the Beijing Winter Olympic Games. Competitions at the special event had already begun on Wednesday and today will see six medal completions. Perhaps overshadowed by the extreme safety measures taken within the main stadium and athletes' village, one has the impression that the participants are there determined to make the most of the opportunity. An uncertainty hangs over almost every sporting event in the current climate. If this is not enough, organisers then weigh in with their own restrictions, as was evident at the recent Australian Open. Major sports events should have the best in the world participating.

By the time the previous weekly sports review was published, Australia's Ashleigh Barty had become the women's singles champion of the Australian Open. On Sunday Rafael Nadal claimed the men's title. Down by two sets, the champion fought back incredibly to become the holder of 21 Grand Slams, the record at present. Both these tennis stars are exemplary ambassadors of the sport. Despite the achievement, the event will also be remembered for the defending champion, Novak Djokovic, not  being permitted to compete and he may now not be able to either at the French Open. A further major success at Melbourne was Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios claiming the men's doubles title of a dream all-Australian final.

Last Sunday also saw the completion of round 4 of the World Rugby Sevens Series with Seville as the hosts. This was the second of back-to-back tournaments in Spain. Australia Women and South Africa Men took gold and also extended their overall leads on the championship table. At the recent Mixed Martial Arts World Championship in Dubai, Asadbek Mannonov delivered one of the most flawless performances of the entire tournament to become Tajikistan’s first-ever IMMAF World Champion. Russia's Anastasiya Karmaeva also became world champion, with fellow teammates dominating the medals table. 

Fayetteville in Arkansas hosted the 2022 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships over the previous weekend. In the Elite category, the Netherland's Marianne Vos narrowly overcame compatriot Lucinda Brand, while Great Britain's Thomas Pidcock won the men's event. In athletics news it was New Zealand's Nick Willis completing an incredible achievement at the Millrose Games, a World Athletics Indoor World Tour Gold meeting at Manhattan. The 38-year-old Willis has broken the 4-minute mile barrier for every year of the last twenty years. Mizuki Matsuda broke the race record at the Osaka Women’s Marathon last Sunday, improving her personal best to 2:20:52. 

Yesterday Italy's Franco Pesavento and Russia's Anna Medvedeva became world champions at the World Triathlon Winter Duathlon World Championships in Andorra. In cricket news England will today compete against India to determine who becomes champion of the ICC Men's U19 World Cup. It was also announced that the Australian men's team will tour Pakistan for the first time in 24 years. The tour in March will feature three tests, three one-day matches, and one T20 International. 

Until next time, have a great week in sport.

Air Sports

6-13 February - PWCA Paragliding World Cup - Roldanillo, Colombia

Aquatics

25 January to 15 March - FINA Women's Water Polo World League European Qualification 2022 - Various

Athletics

12 February - World Athletics Cross-Country Tour Gold - Agnes Tirop Cross-Country Classic - Eldoret, Kenya; Access Bank Lagos City Marathon - Lagos, Nigeria

13 February - Oceania Open 20km Race Walking Championship - Adelaide, Australia

Axe Throwing

February 12 - World Axe Throwing League - Snowdown Throwdown - Thomaston, CT, USA

Basketball

10-13 February - FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup Qualifying Tournament - Osaka, Japan; FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup Qualifying Tournament - Belgrade, Serbia; FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup Qualifying Tournament - Washington, DC, USA

11-13 February - FIBA Intercontinental Cup 2022 - Cairo, Egypt

Bobsleigh

10-12 February - Para World Cup - Innsbruck, Austria

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

February 12 - Atlanta Winter International Open IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2022 - College Park, GA, USA

Chess

3-17 February - FIDE World Chess Grand Prix Series - Berlin, Germany

Cricket

8 February - Australia Women v England Women (3rd ODI) - Melbourne, Australia

9 February - New Zealand Women v India Women (Only T20I) - Queenstown, New Zealand); India v West Indies (2nd ODI) - Ahmedabad, India

11 February - Ireland v United Arab Emirates (T20I Series) - Al Amerat, Oman; India v West Indies (3rd ODI) - Ahmedabad, India; Australia v Sri Lanka (1st T20I) - Sydney, Australia; Oman v Nepal (T20I Series) - Al Amerat, Oman

12 February - Nepal v United Arab Emirates (T20I Series) - Al Amerat, Oman; Oman v Ireland (T20I Series) - Al Amerat, Oman

13 February - Australia v Sri Lanka (2nd T20I) - Sydney, Australia

Cycling

8-13 February - Track - Six Day Berlin - Berlin, Germany

10-15 February - Road - UCI ProSeries - Tour of Oman - Oman

10-13 February - Road - UCI ProSeries - Tour de la Provence - France

Dance Sport

13 February - WDSF Sport Series Games Qualifier - Breaking - Kampala, Uganda

Equestrian

February 8-13 - FEI Show Jumping World Cup - Wellington, FL, USA

12 February - Group One Racing - Herbie Dyke Stakes; BCD Group Stakes - Te Rapa, New Zealand; Ned C.F. Orr Stakes - Caulfield, Australia

Fencing

11-13 February - FIE Senior Individual and Team World Cup - Sochi, Russia; FIE Senior Individual and Team World Cup - Barcelona, Spain

12-13 February - FIE Junior Individual and Team World Cup - Algiers, Algeria

Flying Disc

17 January to 20 February - WFDF 2022 Sport World Team Disc Golf Championship - Virtual

Games

2-20 February - Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games - Beijing, China

Golf

10-13 February - Vic Open - 13th Beach Golf Links, Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia; Ras al Khaimah Classic - Al Hamra GC, Ras al Khaimah, UAE; Magical Kenya Ladies Open - Vipingo Ridge, Kenya; Dimension Data Pro-Am - Fancourt, George, South Africa; WM Phoenix Open - Scottsdale, AZ, USA

11-13 February - Dimension Data Ladies Challenge - Fancourt, George, South Africa

Gymnastics

12-13 February - FIG World Cup 2022 - AGF Trophy - Baku, Azerbaijan

Hockey

8-9 February - FIH Pro League (Men) - France v India; South Africa v Netherlands - Potchefstroom, South Africa

12-13 February - FIH Pro League (M) - France, India, Netherlands, South Africa - Potchefstroom, South Africa; FIH Pro League (M/W) - Argentina v Belgium - Buenos Aires Argentina

Ice Cross

12 February - ATSX Ice Cross World Championship - Velke Karlovice, Czech Republic

Kickboxing

11-13 February - WAKO Karlovac Open 2022 - European Cup - Karlovac, Croatia

Kite Sports

10-13 February - IKA Abu Dhabi Kitefoil Open - Abu Dhabi, UAE

Luge

10-13 February - FIL European Championships - Laas, Italy

Mixed Martial Arts

February 13 - UFC Main Card - Israel Adesanya v Robert Whittaker; Derrick Lewis v Tai Tuivasa; Jared Cannonier v Derek Brunson; Kyler Phillips v Marcelo Rojo; Bobby Green v Nasrat Haqparast - Houston, TX, USA

Motor Racing

12 February - FIA Formula E World Championship Round 3 - Mexico City, Mexico

Motorcycling

February 12 - AMA Supercross Championship Round 6 - Anaheim, CA, USA

Muaythai

12-21 February - European Muaythai Championships 2022 - Istanbul, Turkey

Pool-Billiard

February 9-12 - U.S. Pro Billiard Series - Wisconsin Open - Baraboo, WI, USA

Real Tennis

12-20 February - Amateur Singles and Doubles Championships 2022 - The Queen's Club, London, Great Britain

Rodeo (Pro)

February 10-26 - San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo - San Antonio, TX, USA

February 11-13 - 76th Annual Yuma Silver Spur Rodeo - Yuma, AZ, USA

February 11-19 - Dixie National Rodeo - Jackson, MS, USA

February 12 - Bull Bash - Lufkin, TX, USA; Cinch World's Toughest Rodeo - Raleigh, NC, USA

(* Prize money of $20k or higher)

Rugby Fives

12-13 February - North West Championships - Manchester, England

Rugby Union

5 February to 20 March - Rugby Europe Championship 2022 (men); Six Nations (men)

12 February - Russia v Spain - Sochi, Russia; Netherlands v Georgia - Amsterdam, Netherlands; Romania v Portugal - Bucharest, Romania; Wales v Scotland - Cardiff, Wales; France v Ireland - Paris, France

13 February - Italy v England - Rome, Italy

Sambo

12-13 February - Open European Sambo Cup - Minsk, Belarus

Shooting Sport

8-18 February - ISSF Grand Prix Rifle/Pistol - Jakarta, Indonesia

Ski & Mountaineering

11-12 February - FIS Speed Skiing World Cup - Salla Ski Resort, Finland

Ski Marathon

12 February - Worldloppet La Transjurassienne Transju' Classic - Morez, France

13 February - Worldloppet Tartu Marathon Open Track - 63 km FT - Tartu, Estonia; Worldloppet La Transjurassienne La Transju'Marathon - 50 km FT; Worldloppet La Transjurassienne - 70 km FT - Morez, France

Ski Mountaineering

9 February - ISMF Ski Mountaineering European Championship - Boi Taull (Vall de Boi - Alta Ribagorca), Pyrenees, Spain

Sleddog Sports

4-7 February - IFSS World Cup - Russkij Sever - V.Totma, Vologda Region, Russia

12-13 February - IFSS World Cup - French Championships - Ancelle, France; IFSS World Cup - Doty Dog Days - Doty, WI, USA

Snooker

7-13 February - World Snooker Tour Players Championship - Wolverhampton, England

Surfing

January 29 to February 10 - World Surf League Championship Tour Stop 1 - Banzai Pipeline, O'ahu, Hawaii

February 11-23 - World Surf League Championship Tour Stop 2 - Sunset Beach, O'ahu, Hawaii

Tennis

7-13 February - St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy (WTA) - St. Petersburg, Russia; ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament (ATP) - Rotterdam, Netherlands; Dallas Open (ATP) - Dallas, TX, USA; Argentina Open (ATP) - Buenos Aires, Argentina

Triathlon

13 February - 2022 Africa Senior and Junior Triathlon Cup - Maselspoort, South Arica; 2022 Americas Triathlon Cup - Viña del Mar, Chile

Windsurfing

12-13 February - IWCA Travesia Costa Daurada - Roda de Berà, Spain

* 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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