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The Weekly Sports Review

18th to 24th October

Yesterday the world discovered a new World Champion in a sport that now has an official World Cup. We have all played it sometime in our lives before and it only requires a balloon. The simple rule is, do not let it touch the floor. The inaugural tournament took place in Tarragona, Spain, with teams from 32 nations going for glory. Peru's Francesco de la Cruz was crowned as the first champion. Moving over to swimming where South Africa's Matthew Sates continues his good form by adding two further gold medals to his tally in Leg 2 of the FINA Swimming World Cup in Budapest. The 18-year-old Sates now leads the overall for the series among the men. Two motor sport seasons came to a close last weekend. In the final race of the FIM Endurance World Championship, 70 milliseconds separated the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team from YART-Yamaha Official EWC Team at Most, Czech Republic, to give them their first win of the season. The overall world champions are French-based Yoshimura Sert Motul. In the Progressive American Flat Track season, the legendary Jared Mees was crowned champion at the final race in Concord, North Carolina. Jonny Clayton from Wales claimed the Professional Darts Corporation World Grand Prix in Leicester beating compatriot Gerwyn Price 5-1 in the final. 

In the complicated world of professional boxing, Britain's Tyson Fury completed a knock-out win over USA's Deontay Wilder in a WBC world heavyweight title fight rematch. Fury ended the fight in the 11th round, despite falling twice in the fourth. At the Canoe Polo European Championship held in Catania, Italy, Germany's men and France's women won gold. The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals featured in Cagliari last Sunday. Norway's Anders Mol and Christian Sorum won for the men, while the women's title went to Germany's Karla Borger and Julia Sude. In Shooting Sport, Lima hosted the ISSF Junior World Championship. India topped the medals table with 43 in total (17 gold, 16 silver, 10 bronze), followed by USA and Italy. At the World Surf League Longboard Tour in Malibu, history was made over generations when 45-year-old Joel Tudor and 22-year-old Honolua Blomfield became the oldest and youngest three-time World Champions. In long-distance swimming, Australia's Chloe McCardel broke the record for the most swims across the Channel between England and France. Her record now stands at 44. 

Some of the main events to look out for are the ICC Men's T20 World Cup starting tomorrow in the United Arab Emirates and Oman, the World Wheelchair Curling Championships in Beijing, the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Roubaix, the 50th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Kitakyushu, the WAKO Kickboxing Senior and Master World Championship in Jesolo Lido, the 3WallBall World Championships in Las Vegas, and the UWW Wrestling World Championship for Veterans in Loutraki.

Earlier in the week the sports world discovered the sad news that Kenya's Olympic star Agnes Tirop lost her life to crime. She was found dead in her home in Iten, western Kenya. Apart from Olympic medals in the 5,000 metres, the 25-year-old also broke the women-only 10km road race world record last month.

Air Sports

20-27 October - Paragliding World Cup Tour - La Rioja, Argentina


21-23 October - FINA Swimming World Cup 2021 Leg 3 - Doha, Qatar


23 October to 1 November - European Armwrestling, Para-armwrestling, and Deaf Armwrestling Championships - Vilnius, Lithuania

Artistic Billiards

23-24 October - CIBA Tour 2021/2022 - 2nd Dutch Grand Prix "1st Class" - Capelle aan den Ijssel, The Netherlands


22-24 October - Pan-American U20 Championships - Iquique, Chile

24 October - The 33rd Dalian Marathon - Dalian, China; Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon - Hong Kong, China; Volkswagen Ljubljana Marathon - Ljubljana, Slovenia; Medio Maraton Valencia Trinidad Alfonso EDP - Valencia, Spain; World Athletics Cross Country Tour Gold - 67 Cross Internacional Zornoza - Amorebieta-Etxano, Spain; NN Marathon Rotterdam - Rotterdam, The Netherlands


19-24 October - HSBC BWF World Tour - Victor Denmark Open 2021 - Odense V, Denmark

Basque Pelota

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


22-23 October - IFBB Diamond Cup Belgium - Mons, Belgium


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

24 October to 6 November - AIBA Men's World Boxing Championships - Belgrade, Serbia

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

October 23 - Nashville International Open IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu and Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship 2021 - Franklin, TN, USA


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

18-22 October - 3rd ICCD European Individual Deaf Chess Championships 2021 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

22-31 October - Asian Youth Chess Championships 2021 - Online


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

18 October - (warm-up matches) Afghanistan v South Africa - Abu Dhabi, UAE; Pakistan v West Indies - Dubai, UAE; New Zealand v Australia - Abu Dhabi, UAE; India v England - Dubai, UA

18 October - Ireland v Netherlands; Sri Lanka v Namibia - Abu Dhabi, UAE

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

20 October - (warm-up matches) England v New Zealand - Abu Dhabi, UAE; India v Australia - Dubai, UAE; Pakistan v South Africa - Abu Dhabi, UAE; Afghanistan v West Indies - Dubai, UAE

20 October - Namibia v Netherlands; Sri Lanka v Ireland - Abu Dhabi, UAE

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

22 October - Namibia v Ireland; Sri Lanka v Netherlands - Sharjah, UAE

23 October - Australia v South Africa; England v West Indies - Abu Dhabi, UAE

24 October - India v Pakistan - Dubai, UAE


23-30 October - World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2021 - Beijing, China


17-24 October - UCI MTB Marathon Series - ABSA Cape Epic - Cape Town, South Africa

20-24 October - Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Championships - Roubaix, France

23 October - UCI BMX World Cup - Round 5 - Sakarya, Turkey; UCI Artistic Cycling World Cup Final - Albstadt, Germany

24 October - UCI BMX World Cup - Round 6 - Sakarya, Turkey; 2021-2022 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup - Zonhoven, Belgium

Dance Sport

22-24 October - WDSF World Championship - Senior III & IV (Standard) - Cagliari, Italy

23 October - WDSF European Championships - Adult Latin - Cagliari, Italy

23-24 October - IDO European Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Contemporary Championships - Online; WRRC Rock 'n' Roll World Championships and European Championships - Kharkiv, Ukraine


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

21-23 October - Longines Global Champions Tour - Week 2 - Šamorín, Slovakia

22 October - (Group One Racing) Manikato Stakes - Moonee Valley, Australia

23 October - (Group One Racing) Cox Plate - Moonee Valley, Australia; Criterium International; Criterium de Saint-Cloud - Saint Cloud, France; Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes - Doncaster, England

24 October - (Group One Racing) The Kikuka Sho - Hanshin, Japan; Prix Royal-Oak - Saint Cloud, France

Freestyle Football

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


21-24 October - BMW Ladies Championship - Busan, South Korea; Zozo Championship - Chiba, Japan; Blair Atholl Championship - Blair Atholl Golf Estate - South Africa; Mallorca Golf Open - Golf Santa Ponsa, Spain


18-24 October - 50th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships - Kitakyushu, Japan


21-24 October - IJF World Championships Veterans 2021 - Lisbon, Portugal 

23-24 October - Malaga European Open 2021 - Malaga, Spain

Jump Rope

1-31 October - IJRU Virtual World Championship Series 


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

Mixed Martial Arts

23 October - Bellator MMA - Fedor Emelianenko v Tim Johnson - Moscow, Russia

October 23 - UFC Main Card - Paulo Costa v Marvin Vettori; Grand Dawson v Ricky Glenn; Jessica-Rose Clark v Joselyne Edwards; Alex Caceres v Seungwoo Choi; Francisco Trinaldo v Dwight Grant; Nicolae Negumereanu v Isaac Villanueva - Las Vegas, NV, USA

Modern Pentathlon

21 October - UIPM Global Laser Run City Tour - Toulouse, France

23 October - UIPM Global Laser Run City Tour - Ormoc, Philippines

24 October - UIPM Global Laser Run City Tour - Chişinău, Moldova; UIPM Global Laser Run City Tour - Alenquer, Portugal


22-24 October - FIM MotoGP World Championship - San Marino Grand Prix- San Marino

24 October - FIM Motocross World Championship - MXGP of Trentino - Pietramurata, Italy

Motor Racing

October 22-23 - W Series - Round 7 - Circuit of the Americas - Austin, TX, USA

October 22-24 - FIA Formula One World Championship - United States Grand Prix - Circuit of the Americas, TX, USA

October 22-23 - Formula Drift Pro/Prospec - Round * - Irwindale, CA, USA

23-24 October - Extreme E - Island X Prix - Sardinia, Italy; W Series - Round 8 - Circuit of the Americas - Austin, TX, USA

October 24 - 2021 NASCAR Cup Series - Round of 8 - Kansas Speedway, KS, USA


24 October - 2021 Skyrunner World Series - Skyrace des Matheysins - St Honore, France

Mountain Running

24 October - WMRA 64th Trofeo Vanoni Relay (men) & 38th Vanoni Individual (women) International Races - Morbegno, Italy


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

21-24 October - FIP World Tour - Vienna, Austria


October 20-25 - PPA Championship - Las Vegas, NV, USA


8-19 October - FIP Tour - Tortugas Open - Argentina

22 October to 9 November - FIP Tour - Hurlingham Open - Argentina


21-31 October - World Open, Sub Junior, Junior & Masters Classic & Equipped Bench Press Championship - Vilnius, Lithuania

23-30 October - IBSA Powerlifting & Bench Press World and European Championship - Tbilisi, Georgia


21-24 October - Racketlon World Tour - FIR World Singles Championship - Zurich, Switzerland


October 20-24 - 2021 3WallBall World Championships - Las Vegas, NV, USA

Rugby Fives

23-24 October - West of England Open Championships 2021 - Sherborne, England

Rugby Union

23 October - USA v New Zealand - Washington D.C., USA; Japan v Australia - Oita, Japan


23 October - Gloucester 23 Hour Elite Track Race - Gloucester, England


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

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

19-23 October - 2021 Swan One Design World Championships - Societée Nautique de Saint Tropez, France

23-27 October - 29er European Championship - Lake Garda, Italy

23-30 October - Techno 293 World Championship - Torbole sul Garda, Italy; Sunfish World Championship - Sarasota, FL, USA


21-24 October - ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating - Beijing, China; ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating - Las Vegas, NV, USA

Ski & Snowboarding

22 October - FIS World Cup - Freeski Big Air - Chur, Switzerland

23 October - FIS World Cup - Big Air - Chur, Switzerland

23-24 October - FIS World Cup - Giant Slalom - Soelden, Austria

Sled Dog Racing

October 23-24 - IFSS World Cup - Lost Pine Lodge - Harietta, MI, USA


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

October 20-24 - PSA World Tour - Canadian Senior Championships 2021 - Toronto, Canada

Table Tennis

18-24 October - 2021 ITTF Pan-American U11 & U13 Championships - Cuenca, Ecuador


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


18-24 October - Tenerife Ladies Open (WTA) - Tenerife, Spain; VTB Kremlin Cup (WTA/ATP) - Moscow, Russia; European Open (ATP) - Antwerp, Belgium

Tower Running

24 October - ITA Tour 2021 - International Vertical Marathon Pingan Finance Centre - Shenzhen, China


22-23 October - 2021 Americas Triathlon Cup - La Paz, Mexico

23 October - 2021 World Triathlon Cup - Haeundae, South Korea; IRONMAN Portugal - Cascais, Portugal; IRONMAN Waco - TX, USA

October 24 - IRONMAN California - Sacramento, CA, USA


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

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


19-24 October - UWW World Championship - Veterans (FS, GR) - Loutraki, Greece

22-24 October - U15 Pan-American Championship - Oaxtepec, Mexico

* 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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