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The Weekly Sports Review

13th to 19th December

Argentina's Lautaro Domene became the hero by scoring a hat-trick of penalty corners to help his nation win the FIH Men's Junior Hockey World Championship hosted by Bhubaneswar in India. The new champions beat Germany 4-2 in the final. Domene's achievement was even more outstanding by the fact that Argentina won just three penalty corners in the entire match. They add to their world titles that was also previously won by them in 2005. The popular tourist resort of Bali has been the centre of attention for badminton fans for several back-to-back tournaments in November. The most recent was the climax of the Badminton World Tour season that concluded last Sunday. South Korea's An Seyoung secured the biggest title of her career by clinching the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2021. Seyong has also become the first Korean women's singles player to win a season-ending championship. For the men, it was world number one and Danish superstar Viktor Axelsen claiming the title. Japan's Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobyahsi won the men's doubles, South Korea's Kim Soyeong and Kong Heeyong won the women's doubles, with Thailand's Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai claiming the mixed doubles title. Over to Floorball where Sweden's women fought until a sudden death goal to secure the Women's World Championships final against Finland in Uppsala. 

Turkey's Semih Sayginer produced a brilliant performance to claim the Carom Billiards World Cup 3-Cushion in Sharm El Sheikh. That was last weekend as currently the popular tourist resort is also hosting the Carom Billiards World Championships. Staying with a related sport where new Snooker sensation Zhao Xintong of China claimed the UK Championship title in York. Xintong beat Luca Brecel 10-5 in the final. Russia won their third Davis Cup title and in doing so condemned Croatia to their third final loss in five years. The world cup of tennis was hosted by Madrid. For Kenya's Michael Githae, the victory in the 75th edition of the Fukouka International Marathon was particularly special as it was also the final edition of the famous marathon. Leeuwarden in the Netherlands hosted a World Curling Olympic Qualification event with USA and Australia claiming the mixed doubles spots in Beijing 2022. Las Vegas is the setting for the 2021 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo currently taking place. Stetson Wright secured his third consecutive all-around world championship title. Team Europe retained the Mosconi Cup at the Alexandra Palace in London last night. The transatlantic 9-ball pool event is an annual event between the best Pool Billiard players of Europe and the USA. The next location is Las Vegas in 2022.

Norway's Magnus Carlsen secured his fifth World Chess Championship in Dubai yesterday. It was a crushing win beating Russia's Ian Nepomniachtchi 7.5 to 3.5. Carlsen has held the title since 2014. Tomorrow is arguably one of the most exciting Formula One season-ending races as Abu Dhabu is getting ready to showcase the decider of the world championship. Both Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton have equal points, but Verstappen heads the table with more victories in 2021. 

Until next time, have a great week in sport.

Aquatics

15-16 December - FINA/CNSG Marathon Swim World Series 2021 - Grand Finale - Leg 9 - Abu Dhabi, UAE

16-21 December - 15th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) 2021 - Abu Dhabi, UAE

19-20 December - FINA High Diving Qualifier and Team Event - Abu Dhabi, UAE

Artistic Billiards

18-19 December - CIBA Tour 2021/2022 - International Invitational - Turnhout, Belgium

Athletics

14 December - Antarctic Ice Marathon 

18 December - Xichang Qionghai Lake Wetland International Marathon - Xichang, China

19 December - 52nd Hofu Yomiuri Marathon - Hofu, Japan; Chang'an Automobile Chongqing International Marathon - Chongqing, China; Taipei Marathon - Taipei City, Taipei; Tata Steel Kolkata 25k - Kolkata, India; Cross Internacional de Venta de Baños - Venta de Baños, Spain

Badminton

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

Beach Volleyball

14-19 December - FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championship (Men and Women) - Phuket, Thailand

Biathlon

16-19 December - IBU World Cup - Annecy-Le Grand Bornand, France

Bobsleigh

December 13-15 - North American Cup; Women's Monobob World Series - Lake Placid, NY, USA

18 December - Women's Monobob World Series - Altenberg, Germany

18-19 December - BMW IBSF World Cup - Altenberg, Germany

December 18-20 - North American Cup - Lake Placid, NY, USA

Boccia

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

Bridge

8-14 December - IBF 21st BFAME Championships - Online

Chess

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

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

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

18-24 December - FIDE Online Cadets & Youth Rapid Super Final - Online

December 19-23 - North American Junior (U20) Championships (Open and Girls) 2021 - Charlotte, NC, USA

Cricket

6-20 December - Australia v England (2nd Test) - Adelaide, England

16 December - Pakistan v West Indies (3rd T20) - Karachi, Pakistan

18 December - Pakistan v West Indies (1st ODI) - Karachi, Pakistan

Curling

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

Cycling

18 December - 2021/2022 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup - Rucphen, The Netherlands

Dance Sport

13-15 December - IDO World Modern & Contemporary Championships - Warszawa, Poland

18-19 December - WDSF PD Standard World Championship - Dubai, UAE

18 December - WDSF Adult Formation Latin World Championship - Bremen, Germany

Darts

15 December 2021 to 3 January 2022 - PDC World Darts Championship - Alexandra Palace, London, Great Britain

Draughts

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

18 December - FMJD World Championship rapid - Julinek, Poland

19 December - FMJD World Championship blitz - Julinek, Poland

Equestrian

16-20 December - FEI World Cup - The London International Horse Show - Excel, London, Great Britain

18 December - Group One Racing - Cape Guineas - Kenilworth, South Africa

19 December - Group One Racing - Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes - Hanshin, Japan

Esport

15-16 December - Formula One Esport Series Pro Championship - Event 4 - Online

Fencing

18-19 December - FIE Junior Individual and Team World Cup - Burgos, Spain

Gymnastics

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

Handball

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

Luge

17-19 December - FIL 4th and 5th Junior World Cup - Oberhof, Germany

18-19 December - Eberspächer World Cup; BMW Sprint World Cup - Innsbruck, Austria

Mixed Martial Arts

December 19 - UFC Main Card - Derrick Lewis v Chris Daukaus; Stephen Thompson v Belal Muhammad; Amanda Lemos v Angela Hill; Raphael Assuncao v Ricky Simon; Diego Ferreira v Mateusz Gamrot; Cub Swanson v Darren Elkins - Las Vegas, NV, USA

Modern Pentathlon

14-18 December - Pan and South American Youth and Senior Championships - Magdalena, Argentina

19 December - UIPM Global City Laser Run Tour - Neunburg vorm Wald, Germany

Motor Racing

18-19 December - Extreme E - Jurassic X Prix - Bovington, England

Muay Thai

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

Padel

16-19 December - World Padel Tour Master Final 2021 - Madrid, Spain

Pickleball

December 15-18 - PPA Tour - The Masters (Grand Slam) - La Quinta, CA, USA

Poker

December 15-19 - World Poker Tour - Five Diamond World Poker Classic - Bellagio Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NV, USA

Rackets

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

18-22 December - U21 and U24 Championships 2021 - The Queen's Club, London, Great Britain

Real Tennis

15-19 December - U21 & U24 Open Singles, U24 Open Doubles Championships 2021 - Middlesex University, England

18-19 December - U18 Singles Handicap Tournament 2021 - Wellington, England

Rodeo (Pro)

December 18 - Chase Hawks Rough Stock Rodeo - Billings, MT, USA

Roller Sports

16-19 December - Inline Freestyle European Championships 2021 - Valladolid, Spain

Sailing

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

17-18 December - Sail Grand Prix - Australia - Sydney, Australia

Sambo

18-19 December - European Cadets Sambo Championships - Limassol, Cyprus

Skating

December 15-17 - ISU Four Continents Speed Skating Championships - Calgary, Canada

Skeleton

13-14 December - Europe Cup and Intercontinental Cup - Sigulda, Lat

December 13-15 - North American Cup - Lake Placid, NY, USA

17 December - BMW IBSF World Cup - Altenberg, Germany

Ski & Snowboarding

13-15 December - FIS Ski Cross World Cup - Arosa, Switzerland

15-18 December - FIS Men's Downhill and Super G World Cup - Val Gardena/Groeden, Italy

16 December - FIS Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom World Cup

16-17 December - FIS Women's Ski Jumping World Cup - Ramsau, Austria

16-19 December - FIS Nordic Combined World Cup - Ramsau, Austria; FIS Downhill and Super G World Cup (W) - Val d'Isere, France

17-18 December - FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup - Cervinia, Italy; FIS Moguls and Dual Moguls World Cup - Alpe d'Huez, France

17-19 December - FIS Men's Ski Jumping World Cup - Engelberg, Switzerland

18 December - FIS Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom World Cup - Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy

18-19 December - FIS Ski Cross World Cup - Innichen, Italy; FIS Cross-Country World Cup - Dresden, Germany

19-20 December - FIS Giant Slalom World Cup - Alta Badia, Italy

Ski Mountaineering

16-19 December - ISMF Adamello World Cup - Pontedilegno-Tonale, Italy

Snooker

13-19 December - World Snooker Tour World Grand Prix - Coventry, England

Squash

12-20 December - PSA World Tour Squash Open Black Ball 2021 - Cairo, Egypt

15-19 December - 21st Asian Individual Championships - Islamabad, Pakistan

Surfing

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

Tennis

13-19 December - Open BLS de Limoges (WTA) - Limoges, France

Tower Running

18 December - Carrera Towerrunning WTC - Mexico City, Mexico

Wheelchair Basketball

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

Weightlifting

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

* 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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