Your Weekly Highlights

14 - 20 August

Spain play Sweden, while England face the hosts Australia in the semi-finals of the FIFA Women's World Cup. We have four matches still to complete, which includes the final on Sunday at Stadium Australia in Sydney. There have been multiple victories and surprises in Baku as fans and experts still have at least a week of the most intricate chess moves to look forward to at the FIDE Women's and Men's World Cup. The Netherlands have been busy hosting three main events. These include the European Para Championships in Rotterdam, while The Hague is the focus for sailing and kiteboarding fans at the Sailing World Championships and the Kite Foil World Championships. All three close on Sunday. 

Chess is not the only sport on display in Azerbaijan's capital city Baku. From Monday they are joined by the biggest event of the International Shooting Sport Federation, the World Championship All Events that will feature for almost three weeks. Amman City in Jordan will be welcoming the future stars of wrestling at the U20 World Championship for the entire week. In another target sport, Paris opens the next Hyundai Archery World Cup from Tuesday. Moving over to the Dunkerque, the well known coastal city in northern France, the Global Kitesports Association presents the next World Cup for Freestylers starting on Wednesday.

The cities of León and Aguascalientes in Mexico host the FIVB Volleyball Women's U21 World Championship from Thursday. Madona in Latvia kicks off the busy weekend of sport with the FIS Roller Skiing World Cup, running in conjunction with the Roller Skiing Junior World Championships. Another major chess tournament begins on Friday where Lublin in Poland hosts the World Chess Championships for People with Disabilities. Across the border in Czechia, mountain bike orienteering experts gather in the town of Jičín for the CX80 World MTB Championships and CX80 World MTB Cup, including a World MTB Championship for juniors.

We go to the famous Red Bull Ring in Spielberg for the next round of the FIM MotoGP World Championship. Grand Prix 12 of the FIM Sidecar Motocross World Championship takes us to Loket in Czechia over the weekend. On Sunday the FIM Long Track World Championship heads to Scheeßel in Germany, while the MXGP of the Netherlands in Arnhem is the 16th stop of 2023 FIM Motocross World Championship. Two motor racing events also feature. Estering in Germany hosts the World RX of Germany, the next round of the FIA Rallycross World Championship. The Central Illinois Dragway near the city of Havana is the next location for the World Championship Drag Racing

We have two triathlon races. The XTERRA World Championship competes in Zittau, Germany, while Paris hosts the World Triathlon Para Cup. Birmingham has been selected for this year's International Blind Sports Federation World Games starting on Friday. There are two Dryland Mushing races. The first of the week is in Pilar, Argentina, while the Waiterere South Forest in New Zealand will again be visited. While The Hague hosts the main event, two further sailing competitions begin later in the week. The Niagara-On-The-Lake Sailing Club in Ontario, Canada, is the location of the Shark 24 World Championship. We go to the eastern shore of Lake Como where Dervio hosts the Tornado World Championships

After witnessing several records being set throughout the season so far, there is huge anticipation in Budapest at the World Athletics Championships 2023 that opens on Saturday. Experts in Aerobatic Model Aircraft compete in Warwick, Australia, while Prostějov in Czechia is the centre of attention for the Wingsuit Flying and Speed Skydiving World Championships. The Hautes-Alpes will serve as the terrain for the European edition of the A1 Adventure Series that begins on Saturday. 

Perhaps considered as an obscure sport, the Toe Wrestling Championship will be contested on Saturday at the Haig Bar in Ashbourne, England. The historical city of Bath will have three days of the UIPM Laser Run World Championships, while in Lisbon the Tennis Masters compete at the ITF World Individual Championships (55, 60). Rio de Janeiro is all set for the ISF World School Sport U15 Games, an international multi-sport event which is organised by the International School Sport Federation. From Rio we head to Central America where the small Honduran island of Roatán hosts the CMAS 3rd Masters and Men 7th Freediving World Championship

The following events all begin on Sunday. Shenzhen in China will determine who gets promoted from the IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship Division I, Group A. The village of Sękocin Stary, Poland, is the location for the Draughts World Championships for People with Disabilities. JW3 in London will once again host the Mind Sports Olympiad 2023. In another major mind sport, Marrakesh is set for the 46th World Bridge Team Championships

Pentathlon is the sport to feature in Halmstad in Sweden at the next World Military Sports Championship. The Ski Marathon season opens in Argentina with the Ushuaia Loppet, a Worldloppet Ski Federation Gold race of 42km. The last 96 will compete in the Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes, for places at the World Youth Darts Championships. Finally, rodeo fans will be heading to Rapid City in South Dakota for the Xtreme Broncs Finals on Sunday.

* Go to the Premier Sports Events to book your trip. We also provide a link to the website of the sports governing body for further confirmation the event is taking place. Note that dates may be moved or cancelled by the sports organisers.  

Until next time, have a great week in sport.

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