This week in review

4th to 10th March

For most snow sports, March signals the season drawing to a close and also the month to showcase the main event. The Winter Universiade is the biggest global winter multi-sport event for student-athletes and on the 29th edition Krasnoyarsk in Russia opened proceedings on Saturday (2nd March). Eight winter sports will be represented. Today is also the last day for the Nordic World Championships in Seefeld, Austria. There are two more FIS World Championships later this month for Telemark and Speed Skiing. Whistler in Canada has been hosting the Skeleton and Bobsleigh World Championships and Friday closes the event with Bobsleigh 4-man. Sjusjøen in Norway stages the European Junior Biathlon Championships, while Östersund in Sweden will look after the main event from Thursday until the 17th March. 

Aesthetic Gymnastics present the first World Cup event of 2019 in Sofia, Bulgaria. One of the biggest tournaments on the Badminton World Tour calendar features in Birmingham, England from Wednesday to Sunday. This forms part of the World Tour Super 1000. We also have the first MotoGP race of the new season with Qatar as the host nation. Bocce, a Boules Sport, heads to San Miguel de Tucumán in the northern region of Argentina for a week of their World Championship. A mention must also go to Astana in Kazakhstan hosting the FIDE Men's and Women's Team World Championship. The ten-day chess event concludes on the 15th March. In tennis Indian Wells will host the BNP Paribas Open, a premier event on the WTA and ATP tour. The tournament starts on Wednesday and finishes on Sunday, 17th March. This weekend Finland hosted the Youth Ice Climbing World Championships and next week it will be turn of Russia to showcase the senior event. This will also conclude the Ice Climbing season. There are two UCI WorldTour events this week and also the first on the Women's calendar. To round off the number of World Championships, Ski Mountaineering head to Switzerland for the main event on their calendar. The World Cup Tour will still resume in to March. 

With 39 categories of sport represented this week, it is one of our biggest weeks!

Aesthetic Gymnastics

Thursday to Sunday - World Cup I & Challenge Cup I - Sofia, Bulgaria

Aquatics

Thursday to Saturday - FINA/CNSG Diving World Series  2019 #2 - Beijing, China

Badminton

Wednesday to Sunday - YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships 2019 - Birmingham, England

Biathlon

Monday to Sunday - IBU Junior Open European Championships - Sjusjøen, Norway

Thursday to 17th March - IBU World Championships Biathlon - Östersund, Sweden

Bobsleigh

Friday - IBSF World Championship (4-man) - Whistler, Canada

Bodyboarding

24th February to Friday - World Tour - Mike Stewart Pipeline Invitational - Oahu, Hawaii

Bocce

Monday to 11th March - World Bocce Championship - San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina

Bowls

Tuesday to 13th March - World Cup 2019 - Warilla, Australia

Bowling

2nd March to Friday - World Tour - HH Emir Cup, Doha, Qatar

Chess

Monday to 15th March - Men's and Women's World Team Championship 2019 - Astana, Kazakhstan

Cricket

Monday - India Women v England Women, 1st T20I - Guwahati

Tuesday - Afghanistan v Ireland, 3rd ODI - Dehra Dun, India; India v Australia, 2nd ODI - Nagpur; West Indies v England, 1st T20I - Gros Islet, St Lucia

Wednesday - South Africa v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI - Centurion

Thursday - New Zealand v Bangladesh, 2nd Test - Wellington; India Women v England Women, 2nd T20I - Guwahati

Friday - Afghanistan v Ireland, 4th ODI - Dehra Dun, India; India v Australia, 3rd ODI - Ranchi; West Indies v England, 2nd T20I - Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis

Saturday - India Women v England Women, 3rd T20I - Guwahati

Sunday - Afghanistan v Ireland, 5th ODI - Dehra Dun, India; India v Australia, 4th ODI - Chandigarh; South Africa v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI - Durban; West Indies v England, 3rd T20I - Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis

Cycling

Saturday - UCI WorldTour & Women's WorldTour - Strade Bianche - Italy

Saturday - UCI Artistic Cycling World Cup - Prague, Czech Republic

Sunday to 17th March - UCI WorldTour - Paris-Nice - France

Draughts

Thursday to 14th March - Turkish Open World Cup - Antalya, Turkey

Equestrian

Thursday to Sunday - Showjumping - Chi Al Shaqab - Doha, Qatar

Saturday - Group 1 Racing - Santa Anita Handicap; Frank E. Kilroy Mile Stakes - Santa Anita, USA

Fencing

Friday to Saturday - Trophée Luxardo - Senior Men (Sable) - Padoue, Italy; Senior Women World Cup (Sable) - Athens, Greece

Sunday - Senior Men Team World Cup (Sable) - Padoue, Italy; Senior Women Team World Cup (Sable) - Athens, Greece

Golf

Wednesday to Friday - Cape Town Ladies Open (Sunshine Ladies Tour) - South Africa

Thursday to Sunday - SEC NZ PGA Championship (PGAofAustralia) - New Zealand; Commercial Bank Qatar Masters (European) - Qatar; Limpopo Championship (Sunshine Tour) - South Africa; Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard (PGA) USA

Gymnastics

Friday to Sunday - FIG World Cup 2019 - Maia, Portugal

Judo

Friday to Sunday - World Tour - Marrakech Grand Prix 2019 - Marrakech, Morocco

Korfball

Saturday to Sunday - IKF Beach Korfbal World Cup (Asia) 2019 - Hong Kong

Motorcycling

Sunday - FIM MotoGP - VisitQatar Grand Prix - Losail International Circuit, Qatar

Motor Racing

Thursday to Sunday - FIA Rally - Rally of Mexico

Sunday - FIA E-Prix - Hong Kong E-Prix

Mountaineering

Friday to Sunday - UIAA Ice Climbing World Championships 2019 - Kirov, Russia

Para Sports

3rd March to Sunday - World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2019 - Stirling, Scotland

Monday to Friday - World Para Snowboard World Cup - La Molina, Spain

Sunday to 16th March - World Para Alpine Skiing World Cup - La Molina, Spain

Polo

24th February to 24th March - USPA Gold Cup - USA

Powerlifting

Wednesday to Sunday - European Masters Classic Powerlifting Championships - Gyor, Hungary

Racketlon

2nd March to Monday - IWT Club La Santa Open - Tianjo, Lanzarote

Rugby

Friday - USA v Canada; Scotland Women v Wales Women

Saturday - Georgia v Germany; Romania v Russia; England Women v Italy Women; Scotland v Wales; England v Italy; Ireland Women v France Women; Chile v Argentina XV; Uruguay v Brazil

Saturday to Sunday - HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series - Vancouver, Canada

Sunday - Spain v Belgium; Ireland v France

Running

Sunday - Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon - Otsu, Japan; Nagoya Women's Marathon - Nagoya, Japan; Huawei RomaOstia Half Marathon - Rome, Italy

Skating

Monday to Sunday - ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships - Zagreb, Croatia

Friday to Sunday - ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships - Sofia, Bulgaria

Saturday to Sunday - ISU World Cup Speed Skating Final - Salt Lake City, USA

Skeleton

Thursday - IBSF World Championships - Whistler, Canada

Ski & Snowboarding

Saturday to Sunday - FIS Masters Cup - La Clusaz, France

Wednesday to Saturday - FIS Speed Skiing World Cup, Idre Fjäll, Sweden; FIS Snowboard World Cup, Mammoth Mountain Resort, USA; FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup, Mammoth Mountain Resort, USA

Friday to Saturday - FIS Nordic Combined World Cup, Oslo, Norway; FIS Alpine World Cup, Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic

Friday to Sunday - FIS Ski Jumping World Cup, Oslo, Norway

Saturday - FIS Snowboard World Cup, Scuol, Switzerland

Saturday to Sunday - FIS Cross-Country World Cup, Oslo, Norway; FIS Alpine World Cup, Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

Ski Mountaineering

Sunday to 16th March - ISMF World Championship - SkiMo Villars - Villars sur Ollon, Switzerland

Snooker

Monday to Sunday - Coral World Grand Prix, Cheltenham, England

Table Hockey

Saturday - World Tour - Slovakia Open 2019 - Nové Zámby, Slovakia

Table Soccer

Saturday to Sunday - World Tour - Pro Tour Segré - France

Tennis

Wednesday to 17th March - BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells, USA (WTA/ATP)

Triathlon

Friday to Saturday - 2019 Daman World Triathlon Abu Dhabi

Saturday - 2019 Daman World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series Abu Dhabi

University Sports

2nd to 12th March - 2019 FISU 29th Winter Universiade - Krasnoyarsk, Russia

Weightlifting

Friday to 15th March - IWF Youth World Championships, Las Vegas, USA

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