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The Weekly Sports Review

6th to 12th December

For fans of the sport Curling, Lillehammer in Norway was the centre of attention in the previous week where the best men and women from Europe contested the European Curling Championships 2021. Sweden's women were the defending champions and faced a very in-form Scotland in the final. The Scots had lost only one match in the tournament. It was eventually the latter who prevailed 7-4 to become the new champions of Europe. In the men's match, it was a repeat, Once again Sweden were the defending champions, but Scotland had a 100% record in the tournament leading up to the final. They maintained their record and won 8-5 to take the championship and lead Scotland to an amazing double-title. The championship also featured a B-Division and here Norway's Women and Turkey's Men won the titles. Staying in the Scandinavian region, Floorball's best are contesting World Championships where the women's competition features in Uppsala and the men in Helsinki. While the men's tournament is still in the group phase, we are facing the semi-finals in the women's event today. Hosts Sweden face a stern test against Switzerland, while world number four the Czech Republic face Finland. 

We are at Game 6 of the FIDE Chess World Championship 2021 hosted by Dubai where Russia's Ian Nepomniachtchi is challenging the current world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway. We mentioned last week that Carlsen has held the title since 2013. The current score favours Carlsen 3.5 to 2.5. Game 7 is currently in progress and experts agree that by Game 8 we will have a very good idea who the champion will be. Remaining in Dubai where the second round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series is taking place. It was day of shocks yesterday on Day 1 where Fiji's men will miss out on the semi-finals for only the second time in the host city. The Blitzboks (South Africa) and the champions of the first round, had extended their record winning streak to 21 matches. That was yesterday as today they have beaten France in the semi-finals. Australia's women look favourites to take their second title also. Moving away from Rugby Sevens and to Powerboating's Formula One equivalent. The final two rounds of the UIM F1H2O World Championship took place in Figueira da Foz in Portugal over the previous weekend. It was Swedish driver Jonas Andersson who claimed both races and the World Championship title. 

France's Yann Ehrlacher is the FIA World Touring Car Champion for the second season running after his heroics at the the WTCR Race of Russia, the final race of the 2021 season. Ehrlacher ended the season on 223 points, 28 ahead of Romania's Frédéric Vervisch. Over to the FIA World Rallycross Championship, it was also a final race weekend, but on this occasion the championship was decided in a much more dramatic fashion. Sweden's Johan Kristoffersson came from behind at the Nürburgring to finish joint top on 217 points with compatriot Timmy Hansen. Only 26 points separated the top four on the championship table. Olympic champions Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica and Karsten Warholm of Norway have been named the World Athletes of the Year at the World Athletics Awards 2021. India's Saurav Ghosal and Malaysia's Aifa Azman have been named the respective men’s and women’s Professional Squash Association World Tour Player of the Month for November. Finally, a recent documentary has been made on Nepalese climber Nimsdai Purja who set himself a target of climbing the 14 tallest peaks around the world in less than seven months. A feat first achieved by Reinhold Messner, who started in 1970 and completed the 14th in 1986, Purja may well have completed the challenge in a much shorter period had it not been for delays in obtaining permissions from various nations.

Until next time, have a great week in sport.

Air Sports

6-9 December - 2021 FAI F1D World Championship for Indoor Model Aircraft - Slanic Prahova, Romania

American Football

6-8 December - IFAF Flag Football World Championships - Jerusalem, Israel

Aquatics

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

12 December - FINA/CNSG Marathon Swim World Series 2021 - Leg 8 - Eilat, Israel

Athletics

12 December - SCO Kunming International Marathon - Kunming, China; 27th Spar European Cross-Country Championships - Dublin, Ireland; Pan American BMX Racing Continental Championships - Costa Verde, San Miguel, Peru

Badminton

12-19 December - BWF World Championships 2021 - Huelva, Spain

Basketball

8-12 December - FIBA Centrobasket U17 Championship - Mexicali, Mexico

Beach Volleyball

6-11 December - FIVB Beach Volleyball U19 World Championship (Men & Women) - Phuket, Thailand

Biathlon

10-12 December - BMW IBU World Cup - Hochfilzen, Austria

Bobsleigh

10 December - BMW IBSF World Cup - Winterberg, Germany

11 December - Women's Monobob World Series; Europe Cup - Sigulda, Latvia; Women's Monobob World Series; BMW IBSF World Cup - Winterberg, Germany

Boccia

6-14 December - São Paulo 2021 World Boccia Americas Regional Championships - São Paulo, Brazil

Bodybuilding

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

9-11 December - International Fitness Show and IFBB Female Fitness World Cup - Dubai, UAE

10-12 December - IFBB Mister & Miss Universo - Asuncion, Paraguay

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

December 8-9 - Master International IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship - North America 2021 - Anaheim, CA, USA

December 9-12 - World IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championships 2021 - Anaheim, CA, USA

Bridge

8-14 December - 21st BFAME Championships - Online

Carom Billiards

7-11 December - UMB World Championships 3-Cushion - Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Chess

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

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

6-15 December - Asian Seniors Chess Championship 2021 - Damascus, Syria

12-19 December - African Schools Individual Chess Championship 2021 (Open & Girls) - Nairobi, Kenya

Cricket

8-12 December - Australia v England (1st Test) - Brisbane, Australia

Curling

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

Cycling

10-12 December - MTB Central American Championships XCO - Panama City, Panama

11 December - UCI Track Champions League - Round 6 - Tel Aviv, Israel

12 December - 2021/2022 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup - Val di Sole, Italy; 2021 UEC Mountain Bike Beachrace European Championships - Dunkerque, France

Dance Sport

10-12 December - IDO World Ballet & Jazz Championships - Warszawa, Poland

11-12 December - WDSF Adult BFG International Series - Moscow, Russia

11 December - WDSF Youth Latin European Championship - Mulheim an der Ruhr, Germany

Draughts

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

11-17 December - FMJD World Cup - Polish Open - Julinek, Poland

Equestrian

9-12 December - Concours Hippique International de Genèva - Genèva, Switzerland

10-12 December - Casas Novas Pontegadea - WA Coruña, Spain

12 December - Group One Racing - Hanshin Juvenile Fillies - Hanshin, Japan; Longines Hong Kong Cup; Longines Hong Kong Mile; Longines Hong Kong Vase; Longines Hong Kong Sprint - Sha Tin, Hong Kong

Fencing

9-12 December - FIE Men's Junior Individual and Team World Cup (all weapon types) - Tashkent, Uzbekistan

10-12 December - FIE Senior Women Individual and Team World Cup (Foil) - Saint-Maur, France

Fishing (Sport)

11-18 December - 4th World Championship Shore Angling for Masters - Hammamet, Tunisia

Floorball

3-11 December - Men's World Floorball Championship 2021 - Helsinki, Finland

Games

2-6 December - Bahrain 2021 Asian Youth Para Games - Khalifa Sports City, Bahrain

Golf

9-12 December - 2021 Victorian PGA Championship - Moonah Links Resort, Australia

December 10-12 - QBE Shootout - Naples, FL, USA

Gymnastics

9-12 December - ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final - Osaka, Japan

10-13 December - 2021 Pan American Championships - Aerobic Gymnastics - Oaxtepec, Mexico

Handball

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

Kickboxing

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

-12 December - 13th South American Kickboxing Championship 2021 - Cascavel, Parana, Brazil

Luge

10-11 December - 3rd Junior World Cup - Innsbruck, Austria

11-12 December - FIL World Cup and Team Relay World Cup - Altenberg, Germany

Mixed Martial Arts

December 12 - UFC Main Card - Charles Oliveira v Dustin Poirier; Amanda Nunes v Julianna Peña; Geoff Neal v Santiago Ponzinibbio; Kai Kara France v Cody Garbrandt; Raulian Paiva v Sean O'Malley - Las Vegas, NV, USA

Modern Pentathlon

12 December - UIPM Global Laser Run City Tour - Chiatura, Georgia

Motor Racing

10-12 December - FIA Formula One World Championship - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Abu Dhabi, UAE

Mountaineering

11 December - UIAA Ice Climbing European Cup 2021/2022 - Utrecht, The Netherlands

Muay Thai

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

Padel

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

6-12 December - FIP World Tour Finals - Cagliari, Italy

Pickleball

December 9-12 - APP Tour - PGA Village Verano World Pickleball Open - Port St. Lucie, FL, USA

Pool Billiards

7-10 December - Mosconi Cup 2021 - Alexandra Palace, London, Great Britain

Powerlifting

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

8-12 December - South American Powerlifting & Bench Press Equipped and Classic Championships - General Villamil Playa, Guayaqui, Ecuador

Racketlon

10-12 December - FIR World Tour 2021 - IWT Club la Santa Open - Lanzarote, Spain

Rackets

11-18 December - National Schools' Singles and Schoolgirls' Doubles Championships 2021 - The Queen's Club, London, Great Britain

Racquetball

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

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

December 10-12 - LPRT 30th Annual Christmas Classic - Severna Park, MD, USA

Rodeo (Pro)

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

December 6-7 - NFR Breakaway - Las Vegas, NV, USA

Rugby Fives

11 December - Ladies U23 Championships 2021 - Barnes, London, Great Britain

12 December - President's Cup 2021 - Oundle, England

Running

December 11 - Desert Solstice - Phoenix, AZ, USA

Sailing

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

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

8-14 December - Melges 20 World Championship - Miami, FL, USA

11-18 December - 2021 Youth Sailing World Championships - Al Mussanah, Oman

Ski & Snowboarding

December 8-10 - FIS Freeski Halfpipe World Cup - Copper Mountain, CO, USA

9-11 December - FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup - Montafon, Austria; FIS Freestyle Ski Cross World Cup - Val Thorens, France; FIS Snowboard Halfpipe World Cup - Copper Mountain, CO, USA

9-12 December - FIS Ski Jumping World Cup (Men & Women) - Klingenthal, Germany

10-11 December - FIS Freestyle Ski Aerials World Cup - Ruka, Finland

10-12 December - FIS Nordic Combined World Cup - Otepää, Finland

11-12 December - FIS Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom and Parallel Slalom World Cup - Bannoye, Russia; FIS Moguls and Dual Moguls World Cup - Idre Fjall, Sweden; FIS Cross-Country World Cup - Davos, Switzerland; FIS Super G World Cup - St. Moritz, Switzerland; FIS Slalom and Giant Slalom World Cup - Val d'Isère, France

Snooker

6-12 December - World Snooker Tour - Scottish Open - Llandudno, Wales

Softball

6-12 December - WBSC U18 Women's World Cup - Lima, Peru

Sport Stacking

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

Squash

7-12 December - WSF Men's World Team Championships - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

12 December - PSA World Tour Squash Open Black Ball 2021 - Cairo, Egypt

Surfing

December 6-8 - 2021 Pismo Beach ISA World Para Surfing Championship - Pismo Beach, CA, USA

12-14 December - World Surf League Men's and Women's Junior Tour - Ballito, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

Table Tennis

2-8 December - ITTF World Youth Championships - Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal

Table Soccer

9-12 December - ITSF Pro Tour - 1st NTSFI Table Soccer Pro Tour - Ambala City, India

Tennis

6-12 December - Open Angers Arena Loire (WTA) - Angers, France

Triathlon

12 December - 2021 Americas Triathlon Cup - Salinas, Ecuador

Wheelchair Basketball

28 November to 14 December - 2021 South America Championships - Buenos Aires, Argentina

4-12 December - 2021 European Championships Division A - Madrid, Spain

8-11 December - Men's U23 Africa Championship - Johannesburg, South Africa

Weightlifting

7-17 December - IWF World Championships; IWF Commonwealth Senior Championships - Tashkent, Uzbekistan

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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