Your Weekday Sports Review

3 - 7 July

Formula One's Maximum Schedule

Earlier in the week the organisers of the FIA Formula One World Championship announced the fixture list for 2024. Initially 2023 was earmarked for a 24-race schedule, but restrictions in China and flooding in Emilio Romagna meant two races have already been scrapped. Next year Formula One will be hoping for better fortune. Twenty four weekends would most likely be the maximum number a season can hold, but the added interest for next year includes three Saturday races. These are the season opener in March of Bahrain, followed by Saudi Arabia a week later, and Las Vegas in late November. 

Space ship models were on display in Austin, Texas, at the FAI 2023 S World Championships for Space Models. Eighteen medal categories were contested and the full results can be viewed here.

Baia Mare in Romania hosted the International Orienteering Federation Junior World Championship. Hungary's Viktoria Mag, Tamas Felfoldi, Marton Csoboth, and Rita Maramarosi took gold in the Sprint Relay. In the Middle Distance, Switzerland's Henriette Radzikowski and Sweden's Hannes Mogensen became the champions, while a double-gold belonged to Czechia in the Long Distance. The winners were Lucie Dittrichova and Jakub Chaloupsky.

Last weekend we reported on the Netherland's women claiming victory in the FIH Pro League, field hockey's premier competition. This week it was the men's turn to be crowned champions to cap a fantastic season for the nation. The Ashes Series is evenly poised as England will be desperate for a win at Leeds. Leading the series 2-0, a draw for the holders will secure the Ashes.

Tomorrow is also the start of The Rugby Championship, the southern hemisphere's premier international rugby union competition. With the World Rugby Cup starting in September, the season has been reduced to three rounds.

Until next time, have a great weekend in sport.

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