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The Weekly Sports Review

21st to 27th February

In what is currently a challenging environment to stage any enormous event like the Beijing Winter Olympic Games, the organisers have done a really good job. Tomorrow we have the closing ceremony that will draw the curtain on another Winter Games, while we look ahead at all the major sporting events planned for 2022 amidst the cloud of uncertainty still very present. Unless there is a surge by Germany in gold medals on Sunday, Norway stand clear at the top with a total of 35 (15 gold). They have dominated in Biathlon, Nordic Combined and Cross-Country Ski events. Sunday will see five medal ceremonies, which include men's ice hockey between Russia and Finland, and women's curling between Great Britain and Japan. Sweden's men are the curling champions beating Great Britain 5-4 earlier today. There have been many incredible results during the week. Speed skating is normally dominated by athletes from the Netherlands, but on this occasion China's Tingyu Gao made headlines by becoming his nation's first ever speed skating gold medalist. To top that off, Gao set a new Games record in the 500m. 

Last Saturday Eldoret in Kenya staged a round of the World Athletics Cross-Country Tour Gold in honour of local legend Agnes Tirop. The senior race was won by Joyce Chepkemoi and Samuel Chebolei. Over to Lievin in France, Jakob Ingebrigtsen and Norway's star middle-distance runner, broke the world indoor 1500m record setting a time of 3:30.60. This weekend the ski marathon season features in Estonia and Canada, but last weekend we had the Transjurasienne Festival in France. Local stars Céline Chopard Lallier and Emilien Louvirier came home claiming gold. At the same time the Czech Rebublic hosted the ČEZ Jizerská 50 skiing festival with Norway’s Andreas Nygaard and Sweden’s Ida Dahl dominating the main race. 

Last Monday the Ding Junhui Snooker Academy in Sheffield hosted the final of the World Women's Snooker Championship. Thailand’s Nutcharut Wongharuthai achieved her snooker dream in 2022 as she became the 13th player to win the grand title against Belgium's Wendy Jans. The final score was a very close 6-5. Hikaru Nakamura, a chess prodigy and at the time the youngest American to earn the title of Grandmaster in 2003, aged 15 years and 79 days, has won the first leg of the FIDE Grand Prix Series 2022 in Belin. The win earned Nakamura 13 Grand Prix Points, putting him in a favourite position to qualify for the Candidates Tournament. The DAYTONA 500, part of the NASCAR Cup Series and one of the biggest motor races in the world, features on Sunday. On Thursday two smaller races featured at the Daytona International Speedway. Duel 1 was won by Brad Keselowski, while the honours of Duel 2 went to Chris Buescher. 

Until next week, have a great week in sport.

Aquatics

15 February to 8 March - FINA Men's Water Polo World League European Qualification 2022 - Various

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

Archery

19-27 February - 2022 World Archery Para Championships - Dubai, UAE

Athletics

22 February - World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold - Orlen Copernicus Cup - Toruń, Poland

27 February - The Combined 10th Osaka Marathon and 77th Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon - Osaka, Japan; World Athletics Cross Country Tour Gold - 45 Cross Das Amendoeiras Em Flor - Albufeira, Portugal

Axe Throwing

February 21 - World Axe Throwing League President's Day Axetravaganza - Nashville, TN, USA

February 26 - World Axe Throwing League Winter Championship - Aberdeen, SD, USA

Basketball

21 February to 1 March - FIBA World Cup 2023 Asian, African, European, Americas Qualifiers - Various

Biathlon

February 23 to March 2 - IBU Youth Junior World Championships 2022 - Soldier Hollow, UT, USA

Bobsleigh

26-27 February - Para Sport World Championships - Lillehammer, Norway

Bodybuilding

26-27 February - IFBB Mercosur Cup - Mendoza, Argentina

Boxing

27 February to 16 March - ASBC Youth & Junior Boxing Championships - Amman, Jordan

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

February 26 - Miami Winter International Open IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2022 - Miami, FL, USA

Carom Billiards

21-27 February - UIMB World Cup 3-Cushion - Ankara, Turkey

Cricket

22 February - New Zealand Women v India Women (4th ODI) - Queenstown, New Zealand

23 February - Bangladesh v  Afghanistan (1st ODI) - Chittagong, Bangladesh

24 February - New Zealand Women v India Women (5th ODI) - Queenstown, New Zealand; India v Sri Lanka (1st T20I) - Lucknow, India

25 February to 1 March - New Zealand v South Africa (2nd Test) - Christchurch, New Zealand

25 February - Bangladesh v  Afghanistan (2nd ODI) - Chittagong, Bangladesh

27 February - India v Sri Lanka (2nd T20I) - Dharamsala, India

27 February to 2 March - ICC Women's World Cup Warm-up Matches

Cycling

20-26 February - UCI WorldTour - UAE Tour - United Arab Emirates

21-26 February - UCI MTB Marathon Series - Andalucia Bike Race by Garmin - Jaén and Córdoba, Spain

22-27 February - FEI Jumping World Cup - Wellington, FL, USA

26 February - UCI ProSeries - Omloop Het Nieuwsblad-Vrouwen Elite - Belgium; UCI WorldTour - Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Elite - Belgium; UCI ProSeries - Faun-Ardèche Classic - France

Equestrian

26 February - Group One Racing - El Cheapo Car Weight-for-Age Group One Classic - Otaki, New Zealand; Neds Blue Diamond Stakes; Futurity Stakes; Neds Oakleigh Plate - Caulfield, Australia; Chipping Norton Stakes; Surround Stakes - Randwick, Australia

Esports

26 February - Cycling Esports World Championships 

Fencing

23-24 February - African Championships - Lagos, Nigeria

25-27 February - FIE Senior Individual and Team World Cup - Guadalajara, Mexico

Goalball

15-22 February - 2022 IBSA Goalball Americas Championships - São Paulo, Brazil

Golf

23-25 February - Jabra Ladies Classic - Glendower GC, South Africa

24-27 February - Jonsson Workwear Open - Durban CC & Mt Edgecombe, South Africa; The Honda Classic - Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA

Gymnastics

24-27 February - FIG Apparatus World Cup 2022 - Cottbus, Germany

Fencing

24-26 February - Asian Championship Cadets - Tashkent, Uzbekistan

25-27 February - FIE Senior Individual and Team World Cup - Cairo, Egypt

26 February - FIE European Championship Juniors - Novi Sad, Serbia

Hockey

15-21 February - FIH Pro League (M) - France, Germany, South Africa - Potchefstroom, South Africa

26-27 February - FIH Pro League (M/W) - India v Spain - Bhubaneswar, India

Icestocksport

22-27 February - 14th Icestocksport World Championships - Klobenstein, Italy

Kickboxing

25-26 February - WAKO Grand Prix BiH - Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Luge

24-27 February - FIL Luge World Cup on Natural Track + Pursuit - Moscow, Russia

Mixed Martial Arts

25 February - Bellator MMA - Gegard Mousasi v Austin Vanderford; Peter Queally v Kane Mousah; Sinead v Kavanagh v Leah McCourt; Brian Moore v Jornel Lugo - Dublin, Ireland

February 27 - UFC Main Card - Islam Makhachev v Bobby Green; Misha Cirkunov v Wellington Turnam; Ji Yeon Kim v Priscila Cachoeira; Arman Tsarukyan v Joel Alvarez; Armen Petrosyan v Gregory Rodrigues; 

Motor Racing

24-27 February - FIA World Rally Championship - Rally Sweden - Umeå, Sweden

February 27 - NTT Indycar Series - Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg - St. Petersburg, FL, USA; 2022 NASCAR Cup Series - Wise Power 400 - Fontana, CA, USA

Motorcycling

February 26 - AMA Supercross Championship Round 8 - Arlington, TX, USA

27 February - FIM Motocross World Championship - Matterley Basin, England

Muaythai

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

Orienteering

22-26 February - FISU World University Ski Orienteering Championship 2022 - Jachymov, Czech Republic

Padel

21-26 February - FIP World Tour 2022 - Cairo, Egypt

February 22-27 - World Padel Tour - Miami Padel Open - Miami, FL, USA

Pickleball

February 23-27 - APP Tour - Punta Gorda - Punta Gorda, LF, USA

February 24-27 - PPA Tour - Ororo PPA Indoor National Championships - Lakeville, MN, USA

Pool-Billiard

26-28 February - Dynamic Billiard Euro Tour (M/W) - Laško, Slovenia

Rackets

25-27 February - Amateur Doubles Championships 2022 - Queen's Club, London, Great Britain

Real Tennis

25-27 February - Over 40 Amateur Doubles 2022 - Colchester, England

Rodeo (Pro)

February 22 - San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Xtreme Bulls - San Antonio, TX, USA

February 24-26 - George National Rodeo - Perry, GA, USA

February 26 - Rodeo Grand Island - Grand Island, NE, USA

February 26-27 - Weekley Brothers Davie Pro Rodeo - Davie, FL, USA

(*Prize money of $20k or higher)

Rowing

25-26 February - 2022 World Rowing Indoor Championships - Virtual

Rugby Fives

26-27 February - North of England Open 2022 - Durham, England

Rugby Union

5 February to 19 March - Six Nations 2022 (M)

5 February to 20 March - Rugby Europe Championship 2022

19 February to 12 March - Women's Rugby Europe Championship 2022 

26 February - Scotland v France; England v Wales; Portugal v Netherlands; Spain Women v Russia Women

27 February - Ireland v Italy; Spain v Romania; Georgia v Russia

Running

26 February - Ultrarunning HAWEI50 - Ubstadt-Weiher, Germany

26-27 February - Ultrarunning Barcelona - Barcelona, Spain

Sailing

24-27 February - 2022 Harken Youth International Match Racing Championship - Waitemata Harbour, New Zealand

Shooting Sport

26 February to 8 March - ISSF World Cup & World Tour Target Sprint - Cairo, Egypt

Ski & Snowboarding

22-27 February - FIS Junior Ski World Championships Cross Country - Lygna, Norway

24-27 February - FIS Women's Downhill World Cup - Crans-Montana, Switzerland

25-27 February - FIS Ski Cross World Cup - Sunny Valley, Russia; FIS Men's Ski Jumping World Cup - Lahti, Finland; FIS Nordic Combined World Cup - Lahti, Findland; FIS Women's Ski Jumping World Cup - Hinzenbach, Austria

26-27 February - FIS Freestyle Aerials World Cup - Yaroslavl, Russia; FIS Cross-Country World Cup - Lahti, Finland; FIS Men's Slalom World Cup - Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Ski Marathon

February 23 - Worldloppet American Birkebeiner Open Track 50km FT - Hayward, WI, USA

February 26 - Worldloppet American Bikebeiner Birkie 50km CL; Worldloppet Birkebeiner Birkie 55km FT - Hayward, WI, USA

27 February - Worldloppet Vasaloppet Öppetspar Sunday 90km CT - Mora, Sweden

Ski Mountaineering

February 25 - 2022 Winter Mountain Games Preview - Vail, CO, USA

26 February - 15th Ski Mountaineering Japan Championships - Toyama, Japan

Sled Dog Sports

23-27 February - IFSS World Championships and World Masters - Åsarna, Norway

Snooker

19-26 February - World Snooker Federation Open Championship 2022 - Sheffield, England

21-27 February - World Snooker Tour European Masters - Milton Keynes, England

Squash

February 23 to March 2 - PSA Windy City Open 2022 presented by The Walter Family - Chicago, IL, USA

Surfing

February 11-23 - World Surf League Championship Tour Stop 2 - Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii

Table Soccer

26-27 February - ITSF Pro Tour - North East Open - Ormesby Table Tennis Centre, Middlesbrough, England

Teqball

25-27 February - Teqball European Tour - Lisbon, Portugal

Tennis

20-26 February - Qatar TotalEnergies Open (WTA) - Doha, Qatar; Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships (ATP) - Dubai, UAE; Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC (ATP) - Acapulco, Mexico

21-27 February - Abierto Akron Zapopan (WTA) - Guadalajara, Mexico; Chile Dove Men+Care Open (ATP) - Santiago, Chile

Tower Running

February 26 - Towerrunning World Tour 2022 - Stratosphere Observation Tower - Las Vegas, NV, USA

Triathlon

26 February - 2022 Oceania Triathlon Senior, Junior and Para Cup - Devonport, Australia; 2022 Americas Triathlon Duathlon Championships - Tocancipá, Colombia

Underwater Sports

25-27 February - CMAS Finswimming World Cup - Eger, Hungary

Wheelchair Rugby

22-26 February - 2022 European Championships Division A - Paris, France

Windsurfing

18-23 February - Raceboard European Championships 2022 - Vilamoura, Portugal

20-28 February - PWA World Tour 2022 SOMWR 10x Cabo Verde PWA World Cup - Sal, Cabo Verde

26-27 February - IWCA Coppa Carnevale di Viareggio - Torre del Lago Puccini, Italy

Wrestling

24-27 February - Yasar Dogu, Vehbi Emre & Hamit Kapllan - Istanbul, Turkey

* 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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