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19th to 25th April

Hello and welcome to another sports review and we note today that Japan has been coming under criticism for their apparent lack of containing the spread of the virus. This is of course aimed at the Olympic Games scheduled to start on the 23rd July in Tokyo. There is even mention by health officials that it should be moved to another nation to host. Organisers of the event made an earlier announcement this year that no foreign travelers would be allowed to attend the prestigious event. For those voicing their opinion about Japan's ability to host the Games, we wonder whether if it was expected that the virus should now have been wiped out by now in the nation. We also wonder what the state of containment is within the home nations of those officials expressing their concern at Japan. The fact is that organisers may have to allow fewer spectators to attend than previously hoped for and even potentially have events behind closed doors, but the Olympic Games must go ahead in Tokyo. Sport is still adjusting to the ever-changing conditions and Japan will be no exception. Athletes have been training very hard and presently there are several qualification tournaments taking place, so it is important to remain committed to the nation hosting an excellent Games. 

Over the next week we have world events in no fewer than 34 sports. There are two main titles postponed from last year. In chess The Candidates Tournament was brought to an abrupt halt in Russia last year when the government ordered the borders to be shut. In draughts the women's world title match between Russia's Tamara Tansykkuzhina (holder) and Poland's Natalia Sadowska (challenger) will be played in Warsaw. The Boxing Youth World Championship draws to a close next Saturday, including the Women's Six Nations championship. We end the review with a special tribute to Sweden's Men's Curling Team for winning the world championship in Calgary for the third consecutive year. Scotland won silver, with Switzerland winning bronze.

Until next time, have a great week in sport!

Archery

Monday to Sunday - Hyundai Archery World Cup - Guatemala City, Guatemala

Athletics

Saturday - World Athletics Continental Tour Gold - USATF Grand Prix - Hayward Field, Eugene, OR, USA

Beach Volleyball

16th April to Tuesday - FIVB World Tour - Cancún, Mexico

Thursday to 26th April - FIVB World Tour - Cancún, Mexico

Boxing

10th April to Saturday - AIBA Youth Men's and Women's World Championships - Kielce, Poland

Chess

Monday to 28th April - FIDE Candidates Tournament - Yekaterinburg, Russia

Cricket

Wednesday to Sunday - Sri Lanka to Bangladesh (1st Test) - Pallekele, Sri Lanka

Wednesday - Zimbabwe v Pakistan (1st T20I) - Harare, Zimbabwe

Friday - Zimbabwe v Pakistan (2nd T20I) - Harare, Zimbabwe

Sunday - Zimbabwe v Pakistan (3rd T20I) - Harare, Zimbabwe

Cycling

Wednesday - UCI WorldTour and Women's WorldTour - La Flèche Wallonne - Belgium

Friday to Sunday - 2021 UCI Women Junior Nation's Cup - EPZ Omloop van Borsele - The Netherlands

Saturday - UCI Cycle-Ball World Cup - Dornbirn, Austria

Saturday to Sunday - UCI e-Mountain Bike World Cup - Monaco

Sunday - UCI WorldTour and Women's WorldTour - Liège-Bastogne-Liège - Belgium

Dance Sports

Saturday to Sunday - World Rock 'n' Roll Confederation Online World Cup 

Darts

5th April to Thursday - PDC Unibet Premier League Night 1-9 - Milton Keynes, England

Draughts

Friday to 3rd May - The Women's World Draughts Championship Match 2021 - Tamara Tansykkuzhina v Natalia Sadowska - Warsaw, Poland

Equestrian

Friday to Sunday - The Dutch Masters - Indoor Brabant Horse Show - 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

Sunday - Group 1 Racing - FWD QE II Cup; FWD Champions Mile; Chairman's Sprint Prize - Sha Tin, Hong Kong

Fencing

Friday - Qualifying Championship - Africa - Cairo, Egypt

Saturday - Qualifying Championship - Europe - Madrid, Spain

Sunday - Qualifying Championship - Asia/Oceania - Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Golf

Wednesday to Saturday - Hugel Air Premia LA Open - Los Angeles, CA, USA

Thursday to Sunday - Limpopo Championship - Euphoria Golf & Lifestyle Estate, South Africa; Gran Canaria Lopesan Open - Gran Canaria, Spain; Zurich Classic - Avondale, LA, USA

Gymnastics

Wednesday to Sunday - 9th European Individual Championships - Basel, Switzerland

Friday to Sunday - FIG Senior Acrobatic Gymnastics World Cup - Sofia, Bulgaria

Modern Pentathlon

Thursday - UIPM New Modern Pentathlon Format Test Competition - Budapest, Hungary

Motorcycling

Saturday - FIM Supercross World Championship Round 16 - Salt Lake City, UT, USA

Motor Racing

Thursday to Sunday - FIA World Rally Championship - WRC Croatia Rally - Zagreb, Croatia

Friday to Sunday - NTT INDYCAR Series - Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg - St. Petersburg, FL, USA

Saturday - FIA Formula E World Championship Round 5 - Valencia, Spain

Sunday - FIA Formula E World Championship Round 6 - Valencia, Spain; 2021 NASCAR Cup Series - Geico 500 - Talladega, AL, USA

Padel

18th April to Sunday - World Padel Tour - Estrella Damm Alicante Open - Alicante, Spain

Monday to Sunday - FIP Tour 2021 - Star Dubai - Dubai, UAE

Poker

Friday to 27th April - World Poker Tour - WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown - Hollywood, FL, USA

Polo

27th March to Tuesday - US Open Cup - USA

Pool-Billiards

16th to 26th April - EFBF Dynamic Billiard European Championships - Antalya, Turkey

Race Walking

Friday - Central American Race Walking Championships - Guatemala City, Guatemala

Rugby Union

3rd April to Saturday - Women's Six Nations

Running

Sunday - Gifu Half Marathon - Gifu, Japan

Sailing

Saturday to Sunday - Bermuda Sail Grand Prix presented Hamilton Princess - Bermuda

Snooker

17th April to 3rd May - Betfred World Championship - Sheffield, England

Surfing

16th to 26th April - WSL Men's and Women's Championship Tour - Rip Curl Narrabeen Classic presented by Corona - Narrabeen, NSW, Australia

Table Tennis

Tuesday to Saturday - Central American Youth Championships (U15 & U19) - Guatemala City, Guatemala

Wednesday to Sunday - 2021 European Olympic Singles Qualification Tournament - Guimaraes, Portugal

Tennis

Monday to Sunday - Porsche Tennis Grand Prix (WTA) - Stuttgart, Germany; TEB BNP Paribas Tennis Championship Istanbul (WTA) - Istanbul, Turkey; Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell (ATP) - Barcelona, Spain; Serbia Open (ATP) - Belgrade, Serbia

Triathlon

Friday to Sunday - 2021 Asia Triathlon Championships Hatsukaichi - Hatsukaichi, Japan

Underwater Sports

Friday to Sunday - 15th CMAS Finswimming World Cup - Round 4 (Swimming Pool) - Leipzig, Germany

Weightlifting

16th April to Sunday - 2020 Asian Championships - Tashkent, Uzbekistan (postponed from 2020)

18th April to Sunday - 2020 Pan-American Championships - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (postponed from 2020)

Windsurfing

Wednesday to 27th April - 2021 'Golden Drops' RS:X Windsurfing World Championships / 2021 Port Sherry RX:X U21 Windsurfing Championships - Cadiz Bay, Spain

Wrestling

Monday to Sunday - European Championships - Warsaw, Poland

* Please note we have listed the above events based on the best information we can obtain, but some can be postponed or cancelled.

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