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The Weekly Sports Review

29th November to 5th December

On Sunday, the 21st November, Uganda's Jacob Kiplimo wrote his name in the record books by taking a second off the half marathon time previously held by Kenya's Kibiwott Kandie. Kiplimo's clocked 57:31 at the EDP Lisbon Half Marathon, part of the World Athletics Label road races. Ethiopia’s Tsehay Gemechu, meanwhile, broke the course record in the women's race, clocking 1:06:06. Terme Čatež in Slovenia, popular for holiday makers, hosted the FIDE European Team Championship 2021 in chess. It was eventually Ukraine's men and Russia's women who claimed top honours. We remain with chess as Norway's Sven Magnus Øen Carlsen and Russia's Ian Nepomniachtchi vie for the most sought after Mind Sport's title. Carlsen has been the World Champion since 2013, winning it again in 2014, 2016 and 2018. Nepomniachtchi earned the right as challenger by winning the 2021 FIDE Candidates tournament with a round to spare. The event this year, postponed from 2020, is being held at the Dubai Exhibition Centre South Hall from the 24th November to the 16th December.

The FIA Formula One Championship is turning out to be one of the most exciting seasons for a while. Lewis Hamilton has been here several times before and his experience is evident as he chips away at the slender points lead of Max Verstappen. For Esport fans, there is also an equivalent competition in the form of the 2021 F1 Esports Series Pro Championship held over four Events. After Rounds 7 and 8 of Event 3, Lucas Blakeley has wrestled back the lead of the drivers' championship setting up a very tense final Event. The biggest tournament in Freestyle Football took place in Valencia recently. The Red Bull Street Style World Final was held on stage surrounded by spectators at the Palau de la Música. The new champions for 2021 are Britain's Lia Lewis and Norway's Erlend Fagerli. In golf Colin Morikawa has made history by becoming the first American to win both the DP World Tour Championship and the Race to Dubai crown, and thereby establishing himself as one of the best iron players of the game.

Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia of France are the FIA World Rally Champions for 2021 after winning the the final race of the season at Monza. Two further Motor Racing Champions will be crowned over the weekend. Sochi hosts the final race of the FIA World Touring Car Cup with Frenchman Yann Ehrlacher in the strongest position to claim the title. Meanwhile, over at the famous Nürburgring, the FIA World Rallycross Championship concludes the season over two races. Here it is much closer in an all-Swedish flavour with only four points separating Timmy Hansen and Johan Kristoffersson after the latter won Race One today. South Africa's men and Australia's women have won the first round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Tournament in Dubai. The final rounds were held today. Finally, over at the Randburg Golf Club in South Africa, Tristan Lawrence has won a shortened Joburg Open and together with Zander Lombard and Ashley Chesters have earned their spots at The Open, St Andrews. The Joburg Open was also the first event of the new 2022 DP World Tour.

Until next time, have a great week in sport.      

Air Sports

15-30 November - 44th CISM World Military Parachuting Championship - Doha, Qatar

Aquatics

2-9 December - FINA World Junior Diving Championships 2021 - Rosario, Argentina

Arm Wrestling

24 November to 3 December - World Armwrestling Championship, World Para Armwrestling Championship, and World Deaf Armwrestling Championship - Bucharest, Romania

Athletics

3 December - Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon - Singapore

4 December - The 75th Fukuoka International Open Marathon Championships - Fukuoka, Japan; Maraton Valencia Trinidad Alfonso EDP - Valencia, Spain; Marathon du Gabon Arise - Libreville, Gabon

Badminton

1-5 December - HSBC BWF World Tour Finals - Bali, Indonesia

Basketball

22-30 November - FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 African, Americas, Asian and European Qualifiers - Various

Beach Tennis

2-4 December - IFBT Campeonato Brasileiro de Beach Tennis - Porto Seguro, Brazil

Biathlon

2-5 December - BMW IBU World Cup - Oestersund, Sweden

Bobsleigh

November 28-29 - North American Cup - Park City, UT, USA

3-4 December - Women's Monobob World Series - Winterberg, Germany

3-5 December - Europe Cup - Winterberg, Germany

December 5-6 - Para Sport World Cup - Park City, UT, USA

Bodybuilding

2-6 December - IFBB South American Championships - Buenos Aires, Argentina

3-5 December - IFBB Diamond Cup - Rome, Italy

4-5 December - BMW IBSF World Cup - Altenberg, Germany

Boccia

22 November to 1 December - Seville 2021 World Boccia Europe Regional Championships - Seville, Spain

Carom Billiards

28 November to 4 December - UMB World Cup 3-Cushion - Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Chess

20-29 November - Asian Academies Hybrid Chess Championship - Online

24 November to 16 December - FIDE World Championship 2021 - Dubai, UAE

3-11 December - African Juniors Chess Championship (U20) 2021 (Open & Girls) - Monrovia, Liberia

Curling

5-18 December - Olympic Qualification Event 2021 - Leeuwarden, The Netherlands

Cricket

29 November to 3 December - Sri Lanka v West Indies (2nd Test) - Galle, Sri Lanka; Bangladesh Women v Zimbabwe Women; Pakistan Women v USA Women; Ireland Women v Sri Lanka Women; West Indies Women v Netherlands Women - Harare, Zimbabwe

1 December - South Africa v Netherlands (3rd ODI) - Centurion, South Africa

3-7 December - India v New Zealand (2nd Test) - Mumbai, India

4-8 December - Bangladesh v Pakistan (2nd Test) - Mirpur, Bangladesh

Cycling

3 December - UCI Track Champions League - Round 4 - London, Great Britain

3-4 December - 2021/2022 UCI Masters Cyclo-Cross World Championships - East Suffolk, Great Britain

4 December - UCI Track Champions League - Round 5 - London, Great Britain

4-5 December - Pan-American Cyclo-Cross Championships - Garland, TX, USA

Dance Sport

4 December - WDSF Adult Smooth PD World Cup - Moscow, Russia; WDSF Youth Ten Dance European Championship - Minsk, Belarus; WDSF Junior II Ten Dance World Championship - Vilnius, Lithuania; WDSF Adult Formation Standard World Championship - Braunschweig, Germany; WDSF Adult Latin World Championship - Pforzheim, Germany; WDC 2021 World Championship - Professional Latin - Blackpool, England

5 December - WDSF Sport Series Games Qualifier - La Nucía, Spain

Draughts

29 November to 6 December - Youth World Championships - Szklarska Poręba, Poland

Equestrian

4 December - Group One Racing - Rydges Wellington Captain Cook Stakes - Trentham, New Zealand; Kingston Town Classic - Ascot, Australia; Cape Fillies Guineas - Kenilworth, South Africa; Cigar Mile Handicap - Aqueduct, NY, USA; Starlet Stakes - Los Alamitos, CA, USA

5 December - Group One Racing - Champions Cup - Chukyo, Japan

Esports

27 November to 1 December - ISF World School Championship Esport Games - Kiev, Ukraine

Eton Fives

5 December - Graham Turnbull Trophy - Eton College, Eton, England

Fencing

4-5 December - FIE Individual and Team World Cup (Junior Women - Foil) - Timisoara, Romania; FIE Individual and Team World Cup (Junior Men - Foil) - Leszno, Poland; FIE Individual and Team World Cup (Junior Men and Women - Sabre) - Sosnoview, Poland

4 December - WDSF Adult Breaking World Championship - Paris, France

Floorball

27 November to 5 December - Women's World Championship 2021 - Uppsala, Sweden

3-11 December - Men's World Floorball Championship 2020 - Helsinki, Finland

Games

25 November to 5 December - 1st Junior Pan-American Games - Cali-Valle, Colombia

27 November to 1 December - ISF World School Championship Esport Games - Kiev, Ukraine

Golf

2-5 December - Golf Nippon Series JT Cup - Tokyo, Japan; Laguna Phuket Championship 2021 - Phuket, Thailand; SA Open Championship - Gary Player CC, South Africa; Hero World Challenge - Albany, Bahamas

Handball

27 November to 5 December - ISF World School Championship - Belgrade, Serbia

1-19 December - 25th IHF Women's World Championship - Spain

Hockey

24 November to 4 December - FIH Men's Junior World Cup - Bhubaneswar, India

5-16 December - FIH Women's Junior World Cup 2021 - Potchefstroom, South Africa

Judo

2-5 December - Asia-Oceania Cadet and Junior Championships 2021 - Beirut, Lebanon

Kickboxing

2-5 November - WAKO World Cup - Russian Open 2021 - Moscow, Russia

4-8 December - 2nd Jordan Open International Championship - Amman, Jordan

Luge

2-4 December - 1st and 2nd Junior World Cup - La Plagne, France

4-5 December - America-Pacific Championships; Eberspächer World Cup and BMW Sprint World Cup - Sochi, Russia

Mixed Martial Arts

December 3 - Bellator MMA - Segio Pettis v Kyoji Horiguchi; Emmanuel Sanchez v Jeremy Kennedy; Johnny Eblen v Collin Huckbody;Jay Jay Wilson v Alfie Davis -Uncasville, CT, USA  

December 5 - UFC Main Card - Rob Font v Jose Aldo; Brad Riddell v Rafael Fiziev; Clay Guida v Leonardo Santos; Jim Crute v Jamahal Hill; Brendan Allen v Chris Curtis - Las Vegas, NV, USA

Modern Pentathlon

30 November - UIPM Global Laser Run City Tour - Bhopal, India

4 December - UIPM Global Laser Run City Tour - Ankara, Turkey

5 December - UIPM Global Laser Run City Tour - Rust'avi, Georgia

Motor Racing

3-5 December - FIA Formula One World Championship - Saudi Arabian Grand Prix - Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Saudi Arabia

Mountaineering

4 December - UIAA Ice Climbing European Cup 2021/22 - Brno, Czech Republic

Muay Thai

3-14 December - Youth & Senior World Championships - Bangkok, Thailand

Netball

2-3 December - Scotland v Barbados Test Series - Glasgow, Scotland

Padel

1-5 December - World Padel Tour - CDMX Open 2021 - Mexico City, Mexico

2-8 December - FIP World Tour 2021 - Mijas, Spain

Pickleball

December 1-5 - APP Tour - 2021 Casa Grande Pickelball Open - Casa Grande, AZ, USA

Poker

26 November to 1 December - World Poker Tour - WPT Seminole Rock 'n' Roll Poker Open - Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, FL, USA

Powerlifting

29 November to 4 December - African Powerlifting & Bench Press Championships; African University Powerlifting Championships - Potchefstroom, South Africa

3-12 December - European Open, Sub-Junior & Junior Classic Powerlifting Championships - Västerås, Sweden

Racquetball

28 November to 6 December - IRF XXX World Championships - Guatemala City, Guatemala

2-11 December - IRF XXXII Junior World Championships - Guatemala City, Guatemala

Real Tennis

1-2 December - T&RA National Over 70's Handicap Singles 2021 - Leamington Spa, England

Rodeo (Pro)

December 2 - 2021 Permit Members of the Year Challenge - Las Vegas, NV, USA

December 2-11 - 2021 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo - Las Vegas, NV, USA

* All events with prize money of $20k and higher

Rugby Fives

4-5 December - National Singles - Final Rounds - Cambridge, England

Rugby Union

3-4 December - HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series - Dubai, UAE

Running

4 December - 2021 Soochow International Ultramarathon - Soochow University, Taipei; India Open 24HR Run - New Delphi, India

Sailing

29 November to 6 December - ILCA 6 Men's World Championship; ILCA 6 Women's World Championship - Al-Musannah Sports City, Oman

30 November to 4 December - Kitefoil World Series Act 5 - Maspalomas, Spain

1-7 December - IWCA World Championships - Perth, Australia

Skating

December 3-5 - ISU World Cup Speed Skating - Salt Lake City, UT, USA

4-5 December - ISU Junior World Cup Speed Skating - Inzell, Germany

Skeleton

3 December - Intercontinental Cup; Europe Cup - Innsbruck, Austria; BMW IBSF World Cup - Altenberg, Germany

Ski & Snowboarding

November 30 to December 5 - FIS Alpine World Cup (Men) - Beaver Creek, CO, USA; FIS Alpine World Cup (Women) - Lake Louise, Canada

2-4 December - FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup - Ruka, Finland; FIS Snowboard World Cup - Big Air - Steamboat, CO, USA

2-5 December - FIS Nordic Combined World Cup - Lillehammer, Norway

3-5 December - FIS Ski Jumping World Cup (Men) - Wisla, Poland; FIS Cross-Country World Cup; FIS Ski Jumping World Cup (Women) - Lillehammer, Norway

December 3-4 - FIS Freestyle World Cup - Steamboat, CO, USA

Snooker

23 November to 5 December - World Snooker Tour - UK Championship - York, England

Sport Stacking

4-12 December - Asian Open Sport Stacking Championships - Singapore

Squash

30 November to 4 December  - 20th Asian Team Championships - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Table Tennis

November 23-29 - 2021 ITTF World Table Tennis Championships Finals - Houston, TX, USA

Tennis

25 November to 5 December - The Davis Cup Finals - Madrid, Spain

Windsurfing

4-7 December - South American Championships - Puerto Madryn, Argentina

* 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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