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September 29-October 5, 2020
Jackson Strong competing in Real Moto X
Photo: Jackson Strong competing in Real Moto X. (By X-Games)

“Competing from home” is here to stay

The pandemic has created a scenario forcing several sport organizations to take their competitions completely online. One of the first examples were in auto racing, where F1, IndyCar, NASCAR, Formula E, the GT Word Challenge and other categories celebrated simracing events in the vacuum of racing.

But it was very obvious that they would not replicate “the real thing” without the inherent risk involved in the sport or its physical demands. Simracers were the best at simracing and it showed it is a different sport. It also led to the creation of the Virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans, with world-class drivers and simracers. It was a great event, which could certainly be successful as a permanent addition. Will these events stay during the offseason?

Some sports were able to replicate their actual events through virtual remote competition, such as the Para Powerlifting World Cup or the 1st Online International Weightlifting Cup, Uzbekistan. They completed their lifts from home and were judged remotely. This cannot replicate the actual competition but also reduces financial and travel barriers. Are these contests also here to stay?

The X-Games -which push the boundaries of what is humanly possible- have already been holding these kinds of contests for a few years, with their “Real” Competition Series. The latest was the Skateboard Real Street Best Trick competition, won by Nyjah Huston (USA) (view – X Games). The previous winners included Colby Raha (USA) in Real Moto (view) and Garrett Reynolds (USA), who won the Real BMX Competition (view), a few weeks before being beaten by Kevin Peraza (MEX) for the BMX Street Gold at the E-FISE Montpellier 2020, also held online (view the whole program – FISE). 

E-FISE included BMX, Skateboarding, Parkour, Breaking (Dancing), Roller Skating, and Wakeboarding with submissions and winners from around the world. It was a success but cannot replicate the in-person experience and next year’s edition is planned to be held in Montpellier. The X-Games “Real” contests have stayed throughout the years. Which will stay out of these pandemic? Certainly at least a few.Transcending any human enterprise -including every sport- is the battle to literally save our planet and our existence. Sport can be a heavy emissor but it can also set a different example. The ABB FIA Formula E announced that it has become “the first sport to have a net zero carbon footprint since inception” (official website). This is a consistent message for a series that has the objective of developing alternative energies that can help combat climate change.

The organization said they they have followed three key steps, following a recommended approach by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change: effective measurement of carbon output, prioritising reducing its footprint (it is the first racing series to be certified ISO 20121 for sustainable events) and offsetting remaining unavoidable emissions (mostly through investment on alternative energies generation in they countries where they race, in Gold Standard and Verified Carbon Standard UN projects) (full explanation here – official website).

Formula E Founder, Alejandro Agag, is now working on another big venture: Extreme E (official website). The Extreme E series will take a few drivers and teams to areas that have been hardly hit by the impact of climate change to raise awareness: remote areas such as Greenland or the Himalayas. The series -including personnel- will travel on a base ship and will showcase the performance of electric SUVs. It is starting in January.

These examples are what we can and should expect of sport in the years to come. Sport can be a very important part of the United Nations’ “Race to zero”, a campaign that FIA Formula E adhered to last week (FIA Formula E). Other sports should follow suit and be part of the most important race: the race to zero.
 
Five things to know from last week
  • Horror crash. Motocross star, Arminas Jasikonis (LIT) has been placed in an induced coma after crashing at the Lombardy GP, won by Jeremy Seewer (SUI), race 1 winner. Tim Gajser (SLO) took race 2, and Larissa Papenmeier (GER) took the Women’s Round. In Moto GP, Fabio Quartararo (FRA) took the Catalan GP and now leads the Championship. The FIM Endurance World Championship was won by Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (16th world title) with Etienne Masson (FRA), Gregg Black (FRA) and Xavier Simeon (BEL) and the 12 Hours of Estoril were won by YART Yamaha with Karel Hanika (CZE), Marvin Fritz (GER) and Niccolò Canepa (ITA). The FIM Long Track World Championship was won by Lukas Fienhage (GER). MXGP has the latest report on Jasikonis (MXGP).
  • The 24 Hours that were less. The ADAC 24 Hours of Nürburgring were won by BMW for the first time in 10 years. The race was suspended for over nine hours overnight due to torrential rain, which made two Mercedes-Benz drivers crash while leading: Manuel Metzger (GER) and Raffaele Marciello (ITA). This was followed by an Audi crash and spin, also while leading: Dries Vanthoor (BEL) and Christopher Haase (GER). Rowe Racing’s Nick Catsburg (NED), Nick Yelloly (ENG) and Alexander Sims (ENG) kept it on track and won. Also in Europe, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) took the F1 Russian GP over Max Verstappen (NED) and Lewis Hamilton (ENG), who was penalized for starting grid infractions . He was dominated in race pace by Bottas, anyway. In America, Ricky Taylor (USA) and Hélio Castro-Neves (BRA) won their third straight IMSA race, at Mid-Ohio (Watch NBC’s highlights).
  • Vulgar unsportsmanshipJan Błachowicz (POL) beat Dominick Reyes (USA/MEX) with a TKO by punches, to win the the vacant UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. In the fight for the UFC Middleweight Championship, Israel Adesanya (NZL/NIG) beat Paulo Costa (BRA) by punches TKO but regretfully engaged in vulgar celebrations throughout the fight and breakdanced as his opponent was Knocked Out. Costa has demanded a rematch (ESPN)

GLOBAL PODIUM OF THE WEEK
Anna van der Breggen. Photo: Facebook, UCI.Gold: Anna van der Breggen
(Netherlands, Road Cycling)

Anna did not only win the Time Trial at the UCI Road Cycling World Championship. She clearly beat Marlen Reusser (SUI) by 16 seconds. Not only that: two days later she also demolished everyone at the Road Race by beating injured Annemiek van Vleuten (NED) by 1’20”. Two World Championships in three days; the best female cyclist in the world. The men’s titles were taken by local Filippo Ganna (ITA, Time Trial) and Julian Alaphilippe (FRA, Road Race), after Tour de France Champion Tadej Pogačar (SLO) was unable to pull an escape for the win in Imola.Watch the Women’s Road Race (UCI)
Thomas Chareyre. Photo: Facebook, S1 Supermoto.Silver: Thomas Chareyre 
(France, Motorcycling)

Chareyre took his eight Individual World Supermoto Championship by winning race 2 and finishing second in races 1 and 3 of the European Supermoto S1 Grand Prix, the last one of the season. He also won three of the other six races in the season. It is also worth noting that he is “only” eight times individual Champion because last year the FIM Supermoto Championship was just counted as a European Championship. He won every single race that time. He also has multiple Supermoto of Nations World Championships.Read the Supermoto S1 race report (FIM Supermoto)
Mark Samuels. Photo: SCORE International, Facebook.Bronze: Mark Samuels/Justin Morgan/Justin Jones
(United States of America, Motorcycling)

Mark Samuels, Justin Morgan and Justin Jones won the overall motorcycle classification of the SCORE World Desert World Championship Motorcycle Division of the 52nd Baja 500 (Baja California, México), the second most prestigious in the calendar. Mark has won every single SCORE World Desert World Championship race in the last three years, bringing his streak to nine consecutive wins, and his fourth Overall Baja 500 win. Morgan meanwhile won his fifth Overall Motorcycle Baja 500 in six years, and Jones won his second consecutive Overall Baja 500.

Watch a post-race interview with Mark (SCORE International)

GLOBAL SPORTS AGENDA
 
Week Preview

This week is stacked with Horse Racing. Enable will try to win a third Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe but it will not be easy against unbeaten Love, Stradivarius, Mogul, Sottsass and others. In the US, the Preakness Stakes will close the Triple Crown with the Kentucky Derby winner, Authentic, but without the Belmont Stakes winner, Tiz The Law.

Motorsport will also see a lot of activity, with the end of the short Speedway GP season, the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint, and the GT World Challenge America, which will share track at the same time with the Intercontinental GT Challenge 8 Hours and will also share the track with the IndyCar doubleheader.

North American sports will see the start of the MLB playoffs with the Wildcard games, and the start of the NBA and WNBA Finals, between the Los Ángeles Lakers and Miami Heat, and Minnesota Lynx facing the winner of the Las Vegas Aces and Connecticut Sun.

While most Marathons have been cancelled, London will host its Marathon, which could end up being very unpredictable. It includes Defending and Olympic Champion, Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) and historic track runner Kenenisa Bekele (ETH), as well as the women’s World Record Holder, Brigid Kosgei (KEN), and and World Champion Ruth Chepngetich (KEN).

American Football:
NFL Regular Season

Association Football:
FIFA International Match Days

Athletics:
World Marathon Majors London Marathon

Aussie Rules Football:
AFL Playoffs

Auto sport:
FIA E-Rally Regularity Cup (Portugal)
FIA Karting Academy Trophy, Karting Historic Super Cup, Karting International Super Cup – KZ2, Karting World Championship – KZ (Lonato, Italy)
GT World Challenge America (Indianapolis Motor Speedway, USA)
IndyCar (Indianapolis Motor Speedway, USA x2)
Intercontinental GT Challenge (Indianapolis Motor Speedway, USA)
NASCAR Cup (Talladega Superspeedway, USA)
NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series (Talladega Superspeedway, USA)
NASCAR México (Querétaro, Mexico)
NHRA (World Wide Technology Raceway, USA)
Stock Car Brasil (Cascavel, Brazil x2)
Super GT (Fuji Speedway, Japan)
Turismo Carretera (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
USAC AMSOIL National Sprint (Lawrenceburg Speedway, USA)
USAC Silver Crown (Toledo Speedway, USA)
World of Outlaws Late Models (Cherokee Speedway, Seymour USA)
World of Outlaws Sprint Cars (Williams Grove Speedway, USA x2)

Baseball
Major League Baseball Playoffs Start
Nippon League Regular Season
KBO Regular Season

Basketball:
NBA Finals
WNBA Conference Finals and Finals

Billiards:
WST Betvictor Championship League Group Stage

Boxing:
vacant World Boxing Council World Female Super Light Title – Chantelle Cameron (ENG) vs Adriana Dos Santos Araujo (BRA)

Cricket:
T20i Women’s England vs West Indies Game 5

eSports:
Arena of Valor (Garena Challenger Series Summer 2020, RoV Pro League 2020 Winter, Arena of Glory Winter 2020)
Hearthstone Gold Team Championship Season
SMITE Pro League/2020 Season/Phase 2
Starcraft II Gold Series Team Championship 2020 Fall Season
Global StarCraft II League Season 3
ESL Pro League Season 12: Europe Finals
Quake Pro League Season 2: Stage 1
World Cyber Games 2020 Connected Group Stage
League of Legends World Championship Play-in stage
Warcraft King of Battles: KB International Championship

Horse Racing
Gran Premio Polla de Potrancas, Gran Premio Polla de Potrillos, Gran Premio General San Martín (Argentina)
Turnbull Stakes, Epsom H., The Metropolitan, Flight S. (Australia)
Grande Premio Henrique de Toledo Lara, Grande Premio Jockey Club de São Paulo (Brazil)
Clásico Nacional Ricardo Lyon (Chile)
Sun Chariot Stakes (England)
Qatar Prix Du Cadran, Qatar Prix De Royallieu, Qatar Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe, Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère, Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac Criterium Des Pouliches, Prix De L’Abbaye De Longchamp Longines, Prix De L’Opera Longines, Qatar Prix De La Foret (France)
Sprinters S. (Japan)
Maiden Cup (Mauritius)
Windsor Park Plate (New Zealand)
Fatih Sultan Mehmet, TJK (Jockey Club of Turkey Cup) (Turkey)
Darley Alcibiades Stakes, Shadwell Turf Mile S., Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity, First Lady S., Preakness Stakes, Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes, Joe Hirsch Turf Classic, Juddmonte Spinster S. (USA)

Motorcycling:
FIM Flat Track World Championship (Pardubice, Czechia)
FIM Speedway Grand Prix (Torun, Poland)
FIM Motocross World Championship (Mantova, Italy x2)
FIM Superbike, Supersport, Supersport 300 World Championship
FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship (Mantova, Italy)
WESS Enduro EXTREME XL LAGARES, Portugal)

Mountain Bike:
UCI Mountain Bike World Championship

Para Athletics:
World Marathon Majors London Marathon

Powerboating:
U.I.M. World Championship F125, F250, F500 (Jedovnice, Czechia)
UIM F2 Grand Prix (Vila Velha de Ródão, Portugal x2)
UIM OFFSHORE CLASS 3D World Championship (Maggiore Lake, Italy x3)

Road Cycling:
UCI Women’s World Tour La Flèche Wallonne
UCI Women’s World Tour Liège–Bastogne–Liège
UCI World Tour BinckBank Tour
UCI World Tour Giro D’Italia
UCI World Tour La Flèche Wallonne
UCI World Tour Liège–Bastogne–Liège

Simracing:
2020 MotoGP™ eSport Championship

Tennis:
Roland Garros

Wheelchair Tennis:
ITF Wheelchair Tour French Riviera

Sport’s best values

WORK ETHIC: Francisco Bonilla
5-time Olympic trainer with the Mexican national boxing team, Francisco Bonilla, passed away aged 61. He was the amateur trainer for over 20 World Boxing Champions from México, such as Andy Ruiz Jr, Ábner Mares, Francisco Vargas Óscar Valdez, Alfredo Angulo and many others, as well as Olympic medallists Cristian Bejarano and Misael Rodríguez. He was remembered as hard “loyal, hard-working and 100% committed with his work” by the Mexican Boxing Federation. Watch his interview in Spanish (Boxeo de Nocaut).

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“He can’t ride motorbikes now and he can’t drive a car, so for him it seems a practical solution.”

Mrs. Liz Liversidge
Mr. Jason Liversidge’s wife
After Jason, who is terminally ill and paralysed from the neck down with a motor neurone disease, broke the electric wheelchair speed World Record, reaching reached nearly 67mph (108km/h) at Elvington Airfield.
BBC

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