The Philippines top the medals table at the 30th Southeast Asian Games held in Manila with a total of 387

The week in review

26th August to 1st September

Today has been the start of one of the major road cycling world tours in Spain. La Vuelta Ciclista a España features for three weeks until the 15th September. The UCI WorldTour runs until the 22nd October with China hosting the last road cycling event of the year, but before that we still have the important UCI Road World Championships in England nearer to the end of September. Staying with cycling and Mont-Sainte-Anne in Quebec will be preparing for the 2019 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships from Wednesday onward. On Monday we have the start of the final Grand Slam of the year. The US Open Championships will be hosted at the famous Flushing Meadows until the 8th September. Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic are the singles defending champions. Italy topped the medals table at the recent ISSF Shotgun World Cup that was held at Lahti in Finland. Following closely on this tournament is the Rifle and Pistol World Cup starting tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro. After a very competitive season, Lausanne stages the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final from Thursday to Sunday. After that in just over two weeks, the tough Ironman World Championships will be hosted in Hawaii. 

Earlier this week World Rugby announced that they will no longer be crediting a rugby tournament to a specific gender, but instead be gender-neutral. This is confusing as there are only a very small number of team sports where women and men play in the same team. In addition, we here do not feel that identifying a tournament by gender is derogatory or offensive in any way. Just ask USA where women's football or soccer has a much higher following than their men's team. At best it creates a journalistic nightmare should this catch on. Neither does it help the reader of the article. For example, the World Rugby Sevens Series have two separate tournaments for men and women and occasionally these locations are shared. At some point the hapless journalist will have to identify the gender of the winning team. We know World Rugby have the best interests of the sport in mind, but we cannot see how references to gender in a sports event creates any aspect of inequality. It will be interesting to see what other sports governing bodies do in future and whether this may be a clear new directive.

We trust your sports star you follow or your team performs well in their upcoming events. Until next time, have a great sporting week!

Air Sports

21st August to Saturday - 30th FAI World Aerobatic Championships - Châteauroux, France

23rd August to Friday - 1st FAI European Wingsuit Flying Championship; 3rd FAI World Cup of Wingsuit Flying - Ravenna, Italy

24th August to Friday - 2019 FAI S European Championships for Space Models - Buzău, Romania

25th August to Wednesday - 2019 FAI F1E World Championship for Free Flight Slope Soaring Gliders - Martin, Slovakia

Sunday to 14th September - 3rd FAI World 13.5M Class Gliding Championship - Pavullo, Italy

American Football

Thursday to Sunday - European Flag Championships (Men & Women) - TBC, Israel

Aquatics

Wednesday - FINA / CNSG Marathon Swim World Series 2019 #7 - Ohrid, North Macedonia

Wednesday to Sunday - FINA World Youth Artistic Swimming Championships 2019 - Samorin, Slovakia

Saturday - FINA UltraMarathon Swim Series 2019 #5 - Novi, Croatia

Athletics

Tuesday - Pal Nemeth Memorial - Szombathely, Hungary 

Wednesday to Thursday - IAAF Diamond League - Weltklasse Zürich - Zürich, Switzerland

Sunday - ISTAF Berlin - Berlin, Germany

Baseball

Friday to 8th September - XXIX U18 Baseball World Cup 2019 - Gijang City, South Korea

Basketball

Saturday to 15th September - FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 - Beijing, Dongguan, Foshan, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Wuhan, China

Bodyboarding

Friday to 8th September - Kiama Bodyboard King Pro - Kiama, New South Wales, Australia

Boccia

Monday to Saturday - BISFed 2019 Seville Boccia European Regional Championships - Seville, Spain

Bowling

22nd August to Friday - World Bowling Women's Championships 2019 - Las Vega, Nevada, USA

Bridge

20th August to Thursday - 6th World Youth Open Bridge Championships - Opatija, Croatia

Canoeing

Monday to Sunday - 2019 ECA European Canoe Polo Championships - Coimbra, Portugal

Thursday to Friday - 2019 ICF Masters Canoe Sprint World - Szeged, Hungary

Friday to Sunday - 2019 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 4 - Markkleeberg, Germany

Chess

20th August to 2nd September - World Cadet U8, U10, U12 Chess Championship 2019 - Weifang, China

Climbing

22nd August to Saturday - IFSC Youth World Championships - Arco, Italy

Cricket

22nd August to Monday - Sri Lanka v New Zealand (2nd Test) - Colombo, Sri Lanka; England v Australia (3rd Test) - Leeds, England; West Indies v India (1st Test) - North Sound, Antigua

Friday to 3rd September - West Indies v India (2nd Test) - Kingston, Jamaica

Cycling

24th August to 15th September - Road - La Vuelta Ciclista a España - Spain

Wednesday to Sunday - Mountain Bike - 2019 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships presented by Mercedes-Benz - Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec, Canada

Saturday - Road - GP de Plouay - Lorient Agglomération Trophee WNT - France

Saturday - Indoor - UCI Cycle-Ball World Cup - Stemwede, Germany 

Sunday - Road - Bretagne Classic - Ouest - France

Dance Sports

Sunday - WDSF PD World Championship (Latin) - Bangkok, Thailand

Darts

Friday to Sunday - 2019 Austrian Darts Championship - Vienna, Austria

Draughts

25th August to Saturday - Polish Open World Cup - Karpacz, Poland

Equestrian

Wednesday to Sunday - Showjumping - Brussels Stephex Masters - Brussels, Belgium; Concurso Hípico - Gijón, France

Thursday to Sunday - FEI Eventing European Championships 2019 - Luhmühlen, Germany

Saturday - Group 1 Racing - New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes - Caulfield, Victoria, Australia; Del Mar Debutante Stakes - Del Mar, California, USA; Woodford Stakes - Saratoga, New York, USA

Sunday - Group 1 Racing - 147th Longines Grosser Preis Von Baden - Baden Baden, Germany; Spinaway Stakes - Saratoga, New York, USA

Games

19th August to Saturday - 12th African Games - Rabat, Morocco

23rd August to Sunday - 2019 Parapan Games - Lima, Peru

25th August to Saturday - 2nd Mediterranean Beach Games - Patras, Greece

Friday to 6th September - World Martial Arts Mastership Games 2019 - Chungju City, South Korea

Saturday - X Games - Oslo, Norway

Golf

Thursday to Sunday - RIZAP KBC Augusta - Fukuoka, Japan; Omega European Masters - Crans Montana, Switzerland; Cambia Portland Classic - Portland, Oregan, USA

Gymnastics

Friday to Sunday - FIG World Challenge Cup 2019 - Kazan, Russia; FIG World Challenge Cup - Mersin, Turkey

Judo

25th August to Sunday - World Championship Senior and Teams 2019 - Tokyo, Japan

Marathon Ski

Saturday - FIS Worldloppet - Merino Muster 42km - Wanaka, New Zealand

Modern Pentathlon

Sunday to 8th September - UIPM 2019 Pentathlon World Championships - Budapest, Hungary

Motor Racing

Saturday to Sunday - FIA Rallycross - Bretagne World RX of France - Lohéac, France

Sunday - FIA Formula One - Belgian Grand Prix - Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium

Sunday - FIA Endurance - 4 Hours of Silverstone - Silverstone, England

Mountaineering

Saturday - Vertical World Circuit - China World Summit Wing - Beijing, China

Obstacle Racing

Thursday to Sunday - Ninja OCR World Championship - Moscow, Russia

Orienteering

Wednesday to Sunday - Asian Junior and Youth Orienteering Championship 2019 - Hokuto, Japan

Poker

Saturday to 4th September - World Tour - Los Angeles, California, USA

Polo

12th August to Friday - Coupe d'Or - France

17th August to Thursday - Gold Cup - France/Spain

Powerlifting

Monday to Saturday - World Sub-Junior & Junior Powerlifting Championships - Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Racketlon

Thursday to Sunday - World Tour - SWT Austrian Open - Vienna, Austria

Racquetball

Tuesday to Saturday - 35th World Senior Championships - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Rowing

25th August to Sunday - 2019 World Rowing Championships - Linz Ottensheim, Austria

Rugby

25th August to Saturday - Union - Americas Rugby Challenge 2019 - South America & Caribbean 

Shooting

Monday to 3rd September - ISSF World Cup Rifle/Pistol - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Skating

Wednesday to Saturday - ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating - Lake Placid, New York, USA

Ski & Snowboarding

25th August to Tuesday - FIS Grass Skiing World Cup - Dizin, Iran

Friday to 4th September - FIS Grass Skiing Junior World Championships - Stitna nad Vlari, Czech Republic

Sport Stacking

Saturday - Speed Stacks Asian Championship Challenge Final - Gimhae, South Korea

Surfing

21st August to Sunday - World Tour - Tahiti Pro Teahupo'o - Teahupo'o Tahiti

Table Soccer

Friday to Sunday - World Tour - Pro Tour One Peru 2019 - Lima, Peru

Tennis

Monday to 8th September - 2019 US Open Tennis Championships - Flushing Meadows, New York, USA

Triathlon

Thursday to Sunday - 2019 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final - Lausanne, Switzerland

Underwater Sports

25th August to Sunday - Orienteering European Championships - Störitzee, Germany

Volleyball

Wednesday to Sunday - Women's South American Championship 2019 - Cajamarca, Peru

Waterski & Wakeboarding

Wednesday to Sunday - 2019 IWWF Europe and Africa Tournament Youth Championships - Roquebrune-sur-Argens, France

Wheelchair Basketball

Wednesday to 9th September - 2019 Men's European Championships Division A - Walbrzych, Poland

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