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The weekly sports review

24th to 30th May

On Sunday Rafael Nadal fought his way past Novak Djokovic to record his 10th Rome crown at the Internazionale BNL d'Italia. The victory also brought his titles to a record-equalling 36 ATP Masters. If there were any question marks over Nadal's desire and ability to win at Roland Garros starting next Sunday, then his last win should put those doubts to bed. The French Open is the second Tennis Grand Slam of the year. Last weekend was also the UIPM Modern Pentathlon World Cup Final at Székesfehérvár in Hungary. Germany saved the best until last to win the Mixed Relay, while Russia won the swimming event. Fencing was won by the favourites Belarus, while the showjumping event went to Poland. In the Giro d'Italia we approach the final week with Colombia's Egan Arley Bernal Gomez the current holder of the Maglia Rosa. Today is stage 14 with a distance of 205 km. 

Tomorrow is the final of the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship currently being contested in Aberdeen. Sweden will play Norway in one semi-final, while Scotland await the winners of Canada and Switzerland. Last Monday was the opening day of the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500. The event is regarded as the greatest spectacle in racing with the actual race only next Sunday. It also forms part of the Triple Crown of Motorsport, with the other two events Le Mans 24 Hours and Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix. It so happens that this weekend Formula One is at the famous Monte-Carlo street circuit. Friday was also the start of the biggest event in ice hockey. Riga are the hosts of the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship and they opened in style by beating Canada 2-0. Finland are the current holders as the event was not held last year. They also look for a repeat as they beat USA 2-1 in their opening match. 

The Andalucía Bike Race currently taking place over the weekend, is the opener of the 2021 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon Series. If all goes according to plan, the season closes with the Cape Epic, a famous mountain bike race every year in South Africa in October. Further rugby union news is that the dates for the Rugby Championship has been confirmed. South Africa, the current world champions, last played an international in the World Cup final in 2019. They will now play 14 tests in 5 months to complete the season. 

Until next time, have a great week in sport.

Aesthetic Group Gymnastics

Sunday - Four Continents Aesthetic Group Gymnastics Invitational - Online


Thursday to Sunday - FINA Diving Grand Prix Leg 1 (Virtual) - Canada

Saturday to Sunday - FINA Artistic Swimming World Series 2021 Leg 5 (Virtual) - Canada


Friday - WANDA Diamond League Meeting - Suhaim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar


Wednesday to Sunday - FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament - Graz, Steiermark, Austria

Beach Soccer

23rd May to Saturday - CAF Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations Senegal 2021 - Saly, Senegal 

Beach Volleyball

Wednesday to Sunday - FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour - Sochi, Russia


Friday to Sunday - IFBB Diamond Cup France - Divonne, France


21st to 31st May - Asian Boxing Championships - Dubai, UAE

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Saturday to Sunday - Indianapolis International Open IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu & No-Gi Championships 2021 - Plainfield, IN, USA


Friday to 6th June - FIDE Women's Speed Chess Championship Qualifiers - Online


Friday to Sunday - IFSC Climbing World Cup (B,S) - Salt Lake City, UT, USA


Monday - Ireland Women v Scotland Women (2nd T20) - Belfast, Northern Ireland

Tuesday - Bangladesh v Sri Lanka (2nd ODI) - Mirpur, Bangladesh

Wednesday - Ireland Women v Scotland Women (3rd T20) - Belfast, Northern Ireland

Thursday - Ireland Women v Scotland Women (4th T20) - Belfast, Northern Ireland

Friday - Bangladesh v Sri Lanka (3rd ODI) - Mirpur, Bangladesh


8th May to Sunday - Giro d'Italia - Italy

Saturday to Sunday - 2021 UCI Nation's Cup U23 - Orlen Nations Grand Prix - Poland

Saturday to Sunday - UCI BMX Supercross World Cup - Bogotá, Colombia

Sunday to 6th June - UCI WorldTour - Critérium du Dauphiné - France


Monday to 1st June - IDO South and Western European Urban Dance Championships - Online; IDO Northern European Performance Arts Championships - Online

Saturday to Sunday - WRRC Online World Cup - Rio de Janeiro


5th May to Friday - PDC Unibet Premier League Night 10-16 and Play-Offs - Milton Keynes, England


Monday - Group 1 Racing - Saxon Warrior Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary - Longchamp, France

Tuesday - Group 1 Racing - Gran Premio 25 de Mayo - Copa Dr. Enrique Olivera; Gran Criterium; De Potrancas - San Isidro, Argentina

Thursday to Saturday - Longines Global Champions Tour - Ramatuelle/St Tropez, France

Saturday - Group 1 Racing - Kingford-Smith Cup; Queensland Derby - Eagle Farm, Australia; Daily News 2000; Woolavington 2000 - Greyville, South Africa

Sunday - Group 1 Racing - Tokyo Yushun Japanese Derby - Tokyo, Japan; Prix d'Ispahan - Longchamp, France


Friday to 20th June - NoBull Crossfit Games 2021 - Semi-finals


Wednesday - Bank of Hope LPGA Match-Play hosted by Shadow Creek - Las Vegas, NV, USA

Thursday to Sunday - Gate Way to The Open Mizuno Open - Okayama, Japan; Made in HimmerLand presented by FREJA - Farsø, Denmark; Charles Schwab Challenge - Fort Worth, TX, USA

Friday to Sunday - Ladies Italian Open - GC Magara, Italy


Wednesday to Thursday - 15th African Championships - Cairo, Egypt

Thursday to Saturday - 16th FIG Aerobic Gymnastics World Championships - Baku, Azerbaijan

Thursday to Sunday - FIG World Challenge Cup - Varna, Bulgaria

Friday to Sunday - FIG World Cup 2021 - Pesaro, Italy


Sunday - FIH Pro League - Belgium v The Netherlands - Antwerp, Belgium

Ice Hockey

21st May to 6th June - 2021 IIHF Men's Ice Hockey World Championship - Riga, Latvia


Friday to Sunday - WAKO European Cup 'Karlovac Open' 2021 - Karlovac, Croatia


Friday to Sunday - FIM MotoGP World Championship - Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley - Mugello, Italy; FIM Superbike World Championship - Gaerne Estoril Round - Circuito Estoril, Estoril, Portugal

Saturday  - Progressive American Flat Track - Chicago Half-Mile - The Dirt Oval at Route 66 Speedway, Joliet, IL, USA

Motor Racing

17th May to Sunday - NTT Indycar Series - Indy 500 - Indianpolis Motor Speedway, IN, USA

Saturday to Sunday - Extreme-E Championship - Ocean X-Prix - Lac Rose, Dakar, Senegal

Sunday - 2021 NASCAR Cup Series - Coca-Cola 600 - Charlotte Motor Speedway, NC, USA


Saturday to Sunday - Baltic Orienteering Championship 2021 - Šiauliai, Lithuania


23rd May to Tuesday - World Padel Tour - Estrella Damm Santander Open 2021 - Santander, Spain

Tuesday to Sunday - FIP World Tour 2021 - Riccione, Italy


19th May to 15th June - The Queen's Cup - England

Roller Sports

Sunday to 6th June - World Skate Street World Championships 2021 - Rome, Italy


21st May to Monday - Laser Europa Cup - France - Hyeres, France

Friday to Sunday - ILCA Europa Cup - Koper, Slovenia

Saturday to 5th June - Optimist North American Championship - Riviera Nayarit, Mexico


Wednesday to Thursday - European Youth and Junior Sambo Championships (M&W) - Limassol, Cyprus

Friday to Saturday - European Sambo Championships - Limassol, Cyprus

Sled Dog Sports

Friday to Sunday - IFSS World Cup - Vesenny Drive - Karpovo, Vologda Region, Russia

Saturday to Sunday - IFSS World Cup - Pognali - Pavlodar, Kazakhstan 


20th May to Friday - PSA World Tour - El Gouna International Squash Open 2021 - El Gouna, Egypt


16th May to Wednesday - World Surf League Championship Tour - Rip Curl Rottnest Search presented by Corona Stop #5 - Rottnest Island, WA, Australia

Saturday to 6th June - Surf City El Salvador ISA World Surfing Games - El Sunzal and La Bocana, El Salvador


23rd May to Saturday - Internationaux de Strasbourg (WTA) - Strasbourg, France; Emilia-Romagna Open (ATP) - Parma, Italy; Belgrade Open (ATP) - Belgrade, Serbia

Sunday to 13th June - Roland Garros - Paris, France


Saturday to Sunday - 2021 Africa Triathlon Senior and Junior Cup Yasmine Hammamet - Yasmine Hammamet, Tunisia

Saturday - 2021 Europe Triathlon Senior and Junior Cup - Olsztyn, Poland

Saturday to Sunday - 2021 World Triathlon Cup Arzachena - Cannigione, Arzachena, Italy


Tuesday to 20th June - FIVB Volleyball Nations League - Women - Rimini, Italy

Friday to 23rd June - FIVB Volleyball Nations League - Men - Rimini, Italy


23rd to 31st May - IWF Junior World Championships - Tashkent, Uzbekistan


Thursday to Sunday - U15 European Championships - FS, GR, WW - Sofia, Bulgaria; Pan-American Championships - FS, GR, WW - Guatemala City, Guatemala

* 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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