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3rd to 9th May

For netball fans news came in earlier this week that Australia has been awarded the rights to host the 2027 World Cup in Sydney. This will be the seventeenth occasion of the prestigious event. Before then, the sixteenth event will be hosted in Cape Town, which also marks the first time Africa gets to host the Netball World Cup. Russia's Ian Nepomniachtchi won the FIDE Candidates Tournament recently held in Yekaterinburg. The important event was cut short in March last year and had to be concluded, as the winner gets to challenge Norway's Magnus Carlsen in a World Championship title match. Moving over the rugby union and so far all indications are that the British & Irish Lions Tour will go ahead. Changes have been made so that all matches will be played in Cape Town and Johannesburg. At this point it is uncertain whether local supporters will be permitted to watch games live, but the directive for the travelling fans from the British Isles is that no travel to South Africa will be allowed. One does feel many fans will find a way around that.

In Formula One, Turkey has replaced Canada for the 2021 season, but Canada will be back in 2022. Montréal extended their contract securing races in the city until 2031. The Snooker World Championship has reached the semi-final stage to be played today. Mark Selby faces Stuart Bingham in the afternoon and Kyren Wilson takes on Shaun Murphy in the evening. The final is to be concluded on Monday. In draughts Warsaw is currently hosting a Women's World Championship Title Match. The holder Tamara Tansykkuzhina from Russia, is being challenged by Natalia Sadowksa from Poland. There are still three rounds remaining and the challenger is leading 39-33. Leading up to the Olympic Games in Tokyo, the city is currently hosting a FINA Diving World Cup and next weekend will feature a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold event. Today is also the last race of the 2021 FIM Supercross World Championship with Salt Lake City the fitting venue to bring the season to a close. 

Until next time, have a great week in sport. 

Aquatics

1st May to Thursday - FINA Diving World Cup - Tokyo, Japan

Thursday to Sunday - FINA Diving Grand Prix 2021 Leg 1 - Windsor, Canada

Archery

Monday to Sunday - City of Medellín World Ranking Event - Medellín, Colombia

Friday to Sunday - Veronica's Cup 2021 - Kamnik, Slovenia

Athletics

Sunday - World Athletics Continental Tour Gold - 'Ready Steady Tokyo Athletics' - Tokyo, Japan; World Athletics Continental Tour Gold - USATF Golden Games - Walnut, CA, USA

Bodybuilding

Friday to Sunday - Tiger Classic - Diamond Cup of Romania - Bucharest, Romania

Boules Lyonnaise

Tuesday to Wednesday - Asia/Oceania Championships - Melbourne, Australia

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Saturday to Sunday - New Orleans International Open IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu and Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championships 2021 - New Orleans, LA, USA

Canoe

Wednesday to Friday - 2021 Canoe Sprint Asian Olympic Qualifier - Pattaya, Thailand

Thursday to Sunday - 2021 ECA Canoe Slalom European Championship - Ivrea, Italy

Cricket

29th April to Monday - Sri Lanka v Bangladesh (2nd Test) - Pallekele, Sri Lanka; Zimbabwe v Pakistan (1st Test) - Harare, Zimbabwe

Friday to 11th May - Zimbabwe v Pakistan (2nd Test) - Harare, Zimbabwe

Curling

30th April to Sunday - LGT World Women's Curling Championship - Calgary, Canada

Cycling

Saturday to 30th May - UCI WorldTour - Giro d'Italia - Italy

Saturday to Sunday - 2021 Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup - Albstadt, Germany; 2021 UCI Women Junior Nation's Cup - Tour de Gevaudan Occitanie Femmes - France

Darts

Wednesday to 28th May - PDC Unibet Premier League Night 10-16 Play-Offs - Milton Keynes, England

Draughts

23rd April to Monday - The Women's World Draughts Championship Match 2021 - Tamara Tansykkuzhina v Natalia Sadowksa - Warsaw, Poland

Equestrian

Thursday to Sunday - HUBSIDE Jumping World Cup - Grimaud, France

Saturday - Group 1 Racing - S.A. Derby -  Morphettville, Australia; Man o'War Stakes - Belmont Park, NY, USA

Sunday - Group 1 Racing - NHK Mile Cup - Tokyo, Japan

Fencing

Saturday to Wednesday - Qualifying Championship - Pan-American - San Jose, Costa Rica

Golf

Thursday to Sunday - Japan Players Championship - Tochigi, Japan; Honda LPGA Thailand - Chonburi, Thailand; Dimension Data Pro-Am - George, South Africa; Canary Islands Championships - Tenerife, Spain; Wells Fargo Championship - Charlotte, NC, USA

Gymnastics

Friday to Sunday - FIG Senior Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup - Baku, Azerbaijan

Ice Hockey

26th April to Thursday - 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey Men's U18 World Championship - Frisco/Plano, TX, USA

Judo

Wednesday to Friday - IJF Kazan Grand Prix - Kazan, Russia

Motor Racing

Friday to Sunday - FIA Formula One World Championship - Aramco Gran Premio de España 2021 - Circuit de Barcelona - Spain

Friday to Saturday - Formula Drift - Atlanta, GA, USA

Saturday - FIA Formula E World Championship Round 7 - Monaco

Sunday - 2021 NASCAR Cup Series - Goodyear 400 - Darlington Raceway, SC, USA

Padel

Wednesday to Sunday - FIP World Tour 2021 - Catania, Italy

Powerboating

Friday to Sunday - 2021 AquaX Europe - Lummen, Belgium

Race Walking

Saturday to Sunday - Pan American Race Walking Cup - Guayaquil, Ecuador

Sailing

Saturday to 12th May - Snipe Masters World Championship - St Petersburg, FL, USA

Snooker

17th April to Monday - Betfred World Championship - Sheffield, England

Roller Sports

Monday to Sunday - Pan American of Clubs and National Championship - Artistic 2021 - Guayaquil, Ecuador

Rowing

Wednesday to Friday - 2021 World Rowing Asian and Oceanian Olympic and Paralympic Qualification Regatta - Tokyo, Japan

Shooting

Friday to 17th May - ISSF World Cup Shotgun - Lonato, Italy

Sleddog Sports

Tuesday to Wednesday - Lonquimay World Cup - Lonquimay, Chile

Friday to Saturday - Los Andes World Cup - Lonquimay, Chile

Surfing

2nd to 12th May - WSL Championship Tour - Boost Mobile Margaret River Pro presented by Corona - Margaret River, WA, Australia

Tennis

29th April to Saturday - Mutua Madrid Open (WTA) - Madrid, Spain

2nd May to Sunday - Mutua Madrid Open (ATP) - Madrid, Spain

Monday to Sunday - L'Open 35 de Saint-Malo (ATP) - Saint-Malo, France

Sunday to 16th May - Internazionali BNL d'Italia (ATP) - Rome, Italy

Wrestling

Thursday to Sunday - UWW World Olympic Games Qualifier - Sofia, Bulgaria

* We have listed the above events based on the best information we can obtain, but some of these may be postponed or cancelled.

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