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The Weekly Sports Review

25th to 31st October

The twelve teams to contest the ICC Men's T20 World Cup were finalised yesterday. The tournament started first with a qualifying round involving Ireland, Scotland, Namibia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Netherlands, Oman and Papua New Guinea. Unsurprisingly, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka advanced to the main competition, but the surprises would be in Scotland and Namibia also qualifying. Ireland can be proud of Curtis Campher who took four wickets in four balls in their match against the Netherlands. The quest for the trophy started in earnest today in Abu Dhabi with South Africa and Australia contesting the first match. England play the West Indies later today. Spain are the new Women's Junior Water Polo World Champions after beating Greece 10-5 in the final. In the bronze medal match, Hungary beat Italy 12-10. Manchester, England, entertained the FIM Speedway of Nations final last weekend. The championship took place over two days with the local stars Robert Lambert and Daniel Bewley taking Great Britain to victory. Poland claimed second and Denmark third. Lisbon hosted the UCI Pump Track World Championship, a BMX Racing event. Eddy Clerte of France and Aiko Gommers of Belgium were crowned as the new champions. 

Over to Darts where Salzburg hosted the European Championship. Rob Cross ended his two-year wait for a PDC title after defeating Michael van Gerwen in the final. Boule Lyonnaise had a Youth World Cup for U18 and U23 categories in Martigues, France. Unsurprisingly, the host nation claimed the most medals, but were very closely followed by Slovenia. In Motor Sport, the FIM Superbike World Championship, the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series, the W Series, Extreme E, and the FIM MotoGP World Championship are all approaching the final few races of the season. Undoubtedly, the biggest events in progress are the UCI Track Cycling World Championship in Belgium and the 50th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championship in Japan. Some of the standout performances in the cycling are Germany's Women setting a new World Record in the Team Sprint and Italy's Martina Fidanza winning the Women's Scratch Race, a debut for the discipline at the event. In Japan, Angelina Melnikova of Russia and Zang Boheng of China won the Women's and Men's All-Around gold. The winter season is nearly upon us as Chur in Switzerland and Soelden in Austria are currently hosting Freestyle and Alpine World Cup events. 

Traditionally, the end of March and October are transitional periods into a new season. This means the sports calendar is often shorter than at the peak of the summer or winter. Until next time, have a great week in sport.

Air Sports

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

31 October to 13 November - 17th FAI World Paragliding Championship - Loma Bola, Sierra de San Javier, Tucuman, Argentina

Arm Wrestling

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


26-31 October - HSBC BWF World Tour - Yonex French Open 2021 - Paris, France


26-31 October - CBI 12th International Belt Open Tournament - Kemer, Turkey


29-31 October - IFBB Diamond Cup Serbia - Casak, Serbia

30 October to 1 November - IFBB Fit Model World Championships - Riga, Latvia


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


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

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

25 October to 8 November - FIDE Grand Swiss and Women's Grand Swiss 2021 - Riga, Latvia


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

25 October - Afghanistan v Scotland - Sharjah, UAE

26 October - South Africa v West Indies - Dubai, UAE; Pakistan v New Zealand - Sharjah, UAE

27 October - England v Bangladesh; Scotland v Namibia - Abu Dhabi, UAE

28 October - Australia v Sri Lanka - Dubai, UAE

29 October - West Indies v Bangladesh - Sharjah, UAE; Pakistan v Afghanistan - Dubai, UAE

30 October - South Africa v Sri Lanka - Sharjah, UAE; Australia v England - Dubai, UAE

31 October - Afghanistan v Namibia - Abu Dhabi, UAE; India v New Zealand - Dubai, UAE


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


26-31 October - Six Day London - United Kingdom

29-31 October - UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships - Cycle-Ball/Artistic Cycling - Stuttgart, Germany

30 October - UCI BMX World Cup - Round 7 - Sakarya, Turkey

31 October - UCI BMX World Cup - Round 8 - Sakarya, Turkey

Dance Sport

30-31 October - IDO World Street Dance Show Championships & IDO World Disco Dance Cups - Follonica, Italy


29-31 October - Jack's World Series of Darts Finals - Amsterdam, The Netherlands


27-31 October - Longines Equita Lyon Concours Hippique International - Lyon, France

30 October - Group One Racing - Cantala Stakes; Victoria Derby; Coolmore Stud Stakes; Empire Rose Stakes - Flemington, Australia

31 October - Group One Racing - Tenno Sho - Tokyo, Japan


27-28 October - F1 Esport Series Pro Championship 2021 - Event 2

Freestyle Football

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


25-31 October - UEFA European Women's U19 Championship; UEFA European U17 Championship; FIFA Women's World Cup - Various


27-29 October - Dubai Moonlight Classic presented by EGA - Emirates Golf Club, UAE

28-31 October - ISPS HANDA Gatsu-n to tobase Tour tournament - Ibaraki, Japan; Butterfield Bermuda Championship - Southampton, Bermuda 


27-31 October - 38th FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships - Kitakyushu, Japan


26-27 October - World Championships Kata 2021 - Lisbon, Portugal

27-30 October - 2021 World Deaf Judo Championships - Versailles, France

28 October to 4 November - International Military Sports Council 40th WMC Judo - Paris, France

Jump Rope

1-31 October - IJRU Virtual World Championship Series 

Kite Sports

27-31 October - GKA Kite-Surf World Cup - Dakhla, Morocco


25-30 October - IKF European Korfball Championship A-Division 2021 - Antwerp, Belgium

Mixed Martial Arts

30 October - UFC Main Card - Jan Blachowicz v Glover Teixeira; Petr Yan v Cory Sandhagen; Islam Makhachev v Dan Hooker; Alexander Volkov v Marcin Tybura; Li Jingliang v Khamzat Chimaev; Magomed Ankalaev v Volkan Oezdemir - Abu Dhabi, UAE

Modern Pentathlon

29-31 October - UIPM Global Laser Run City Tour - Kunming, China

October 31 - UIPM Global Laser Run City Tour - San Antonio, TX, USA

Mountain Running

31 October - WMRA Nations Cup - Held at the Val Bregaglia Trail - Chiavenna, Italy


27 October - FIM Motocross World Championship - MXGP of Pietramurata - Pietramurata, Italy

31 October - FIM Motocros World Championship - MXGP of Garda - Pietramurata, Italy

Motor Racing

October 31 - 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Round of 8 Playoffs - Kansas Speedway, KS, USA


25-31 October - FIP World Tour 2021 - Mijas, Spain

28 October to 1 November - FIP Tour 2021 - Viña del Mar, Chile


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


28-30 October - EPBF Euro Tour - Men & Women - Antalya, Turkey


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 Championships - Tbilisi, Georgia


27-31 October - 2021 Women's Match Racing World Championship - Cherbourg, France

29 October to 5 November - Nacra 15 World Championship - Yacht Club De La Grande Motte, France

31 October to 5 November - International 505 World Championship - Hamilton, Bermuda


28-30 October - IBSA 2021 Showdown European Top Twelve - Les Issambres, France


28-31 October - ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating - Nagoya, Japan

October 29-31 - ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating - Skate Canada International - Vancouver, Canada

Sled Dog Racing

30-31 October - IFSS World Cup - Balto Sügiskross - Mäegebe, Estonia; IFSS World Cup - Virpa SM 2021 - Haukipudas, Finland; IFSS World Cup - Western Montana Dirt Derby - Greenough, MT, USA; IFSS World Cup - Jump River Run - Keznan, WI, USA


28-30 October - FINA Swimming World Cup 2021 Leg 4 - Kazan, Russia


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

30 October - 2021 World Martial Arts Masterships (Poomsae) - Online


25-31 October - Courmayeur Ladies Open 2021 (WTA) - Courmayeur, Italy; Transylvania Open (WTA) - Cluj-Napoca, Romania; Erste Bank Open (ATP) - Vienna, Austria; St. Petersburg Open (ATP) - St. Petersburg, Russia

Tower Running

26 October - Towerrunning Tour 2021 - Empire State Building Run Up - New York, USA


30-31 October - 2021 World Triathlon Cup - Tongyeong, South Korea; 2021 World Triathlon Para Cup - Alhandra, Portugal; 2021 Americas Triathlon Championships - St George, UT, USA

30 October - 2021 World Triathlon Aquathlon Championships - El Anillo, Extremadura, Spain

31 October - 2021 World Triathlon Cross Championships - El Anillo, Extremadura, Spain


29-31 October - 2020 IWWF Pan-American Senior Waterski Championships - Chapala, Mexico


30-31 October - Mediterranean Championships Cadets & Juniors - Xanthi, Greece

* 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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