Your Weekly Highlights

9-15 October

We are now near the completion of the group stages and the fast approaching knock-out section of the Rugby World Cup 2023 in France. Next weekend we can look forward to the quarter-finals. In addition to rugby, the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup India 2023 opened on Thursday in Ahmedabad. On 28 August 2023 Italian-Swiss record-breaking freediving expert Andrea Zuccari went missing while diving at Egypt's popular resort Sharm El-Sheikh. To commemorate Zuccari's great work and many achievements, the International Association for the Development of Apnea presents the Andrea Zuccari AIDA World Cup at the same resort that begins on Monday. Pula in the south of the island Sardinia hosts a major chess tournament. The FIDE World Junior Rapid & Blitz Championship runs for eight days. The art of freestyle canoeing comes to Columbus in the state of Georgia for the ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships.

Baseball5 is a safe haven version game designed for specific age groups and has many of the same rules as baseball. The sport is also governed by the World Baseball Softball Confederation. From Tuesday Ankara in Turkey hosts the Youth Baseball5 World Cup. Also on the same day in Italy's Scarlino is the start of the Swan One Design World Championships, a World Sailing event.

Goalball is a sport specifically for athletes with visual impairment. On Wednesday, Ankara hosts its second major sport event with the International World Cup Goalball. Located at the southernmost end of the Iberian Peninsula, Tarifa is a popular location for kiteboarders and windsurfers. On this occasion, wingfoiling is the discipline as the Global Wingsports Association presents the GWA World Cup - Surf-Freestyle. Daytona in Florida is the host city for the FIE Fencing World Championship for Veterans. The individual and team competition includes three age groups - 50-59, 60-69, and 70+.

Spain's Aguilar de Campoo host the penultimate round of the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship that begins on Thursday. All indications are that the final round of the FIA/FIM Rally-Raid World Championship will be going ahead, despite the recent tragedy in Morocco. The Rallye du Maroc completes next Tuesday. The CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park in Talladega, Alabama, hosts the International Defensive Pistol Association 2023 World Championship until Saturday.

Bazhong, located in the Sichuan province of China, opens Friday with the UCI BMX Freestyle World Cup - Park. Six race weekends remain of the FIM MotoGP World Championship. Indonesia is the next stop with only 54 points separating the top three on the overall standings. Aerobic Gymnastics is the discipline at the next FIG World Cup for Seniors in Bucharest, Romania. Skateboarders head to Erzincan in eastern Turkey for the next round of the World Downhill Skateboarding Championship. Athens brings up Meet 2 of the World Aquatics Swimming World Cup. Show jumping fans will be heading to Oslo next weekend for the Agria Oslo Horse Show 2023. Standard and Latin dancing are the disciplines for Seniors as Rotterdam hosts the World DanceSport Federation World Championship. It is a big weekend for mountain runners in Spain's Gran Canaria with three consecutive world cup races. The World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) Valsir World Cup on Friday is the Vertical/Uphill run. Santiago del Esero in northern Argentina hosts round 9 of the UCI BMX Racing World Cup. We complete Friday's big events in Sarasota, California, with the International Canoe Federation Stand Up Paddle World Cup over three days.

After Rome, the World Triathlon World Cup moves to the Far East on Saturday where China's Chengdu hosts the next big race. The next generation of chess stars gather at the resort town of Sharm El Sheikh on the Red Sea for the FIDE World Cadet U8, U10, U12 World Championships. Wrestlers gather on Turkey's Sangerme Beach on the Mediterranean Coast for the United World Wrestling Beach Wrestling World Series Final. There is more dance sport and on this occasion Ljubljana in Slovenia is the location for the World Rock'n'Roll Confederation World Cup. The second major wrestling event involves the discipline grappling. The seaside resort of Loutraki in Greece hosts the United World Wrestling World Championship for U15s and Veterans. We have three main sled dog sport races by the International Sleddog Sports Federation over the weekend. Two feature in Estonia's Kõrvemaa and Finland's Jamijarvi. Cycle-ball fans head to St. Gallen in Switzerland for the UCI World Cup Round VI. It is a big weekend for dance sport fans with the World Dance Council presenting the World Championship of Ballroom Showdance in Baden-Baden, Germany. Remaining in Germany where Leipzig hosts the second major event of the week for the World DanceSport Federation. On this occasion Seniors compete at the World Championship for Slow Dance Standard. The Cold Hawaii Surfcamp is located in the town of Klitmøller, Denmark. Popular for water sports, the Professional Windsurfers Association presents the Youth World Cup Final. Under 16 and Under 21 shore angling experts gather in Domburg, Netherlands, for the CIPS World Championships. We go to Spain's Balearic Islands for the International Tennis Federation Masters Individual Championships (60-90) in Capdepera. Aberdeen has been selected to host a sport where Scotland is very successful at. The World Mixed Curling Championship 2023 will be contested until the following Saturday. Portugal's Portimão on the Algarve hosts the Combined Hansa Class World Championship, a major World Sailing event. We have the second World Mountain Running Association race in Gran Canaria (Long Mountain), and Round 10 of the UCI BMX Racing World Cup in Argentina. The Run Away Dryland Derby in Calgary, Canada, is the third Sled Dog World Cup of the week. A very busy Saturday closes with the IRONMAN World Championship for Women in Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i.

The FIM Supermoto of Nations in Italy's Castelletto di Branduzzo concludes the season on Sunday. The ILCA Under 21 World Championship in Morocco's Tangier, is the next major sailing competition of the week. Classic Mountain is the third WMRA race to cap off a very busy weekend for mountain runners. The World Triathlon Cup also features in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil. Cyclo-cross fans eagerly anticipate the first race of the 2023-2024 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup season in Waterloo, Wisconsin.

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Until next time, have a great week in sport.

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