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WORLD KENDO CHAMPIONSHIPS
Kelvin Hall, Glasgow. Fri 4-Sun 6 Jul
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ln days of yore, Japan‘s Samurais loved nothing more than cutting each other to shreds while quoting The Art of War. But peace, as the armaments industry knows, is a terrible thing, and when Japan was unified around 1600, members of the warrior class had to channel their energies into something a little less bloodthirsty. Swordsmanship had always been about ritual, as well as combat, and by the 18th century, practice armour and the shinai, a bamboo blade, meant that noblemen could duel without risk of serious injury.
The martial art, which came to be known as kendo, was compulsory in Japanese schools for many years. Since the founding of the International Kendo Federation in 1970, it has enjoyed increasing popularity in Europe, the US and Brazil. Indeed, while it remains very much a fringe sport, there are now 12 million participants around the globe. It is, let's face it, a hell of a lot sexier
There has long been a spiritual side of the form: Samurais equate their own disregard for danger with Buddhist ideas that the boundary between life and death is illusory. Many modern practitioners are as keen on Zen as they are on hitting their opponents. But the atmosphere in Kelvin Hall is unlikely to be overly contemplative - competitors shout when they make a hit, channelling their energy in a way that won’t be wholly alien to Venus Williams.
These are the 12th championships, and the first to take place in the UK since 1976. With 500 competitors from 43 countries taking part and several thousand spectators expected, they could well be the biggest ever. (James Smart)
Events are listed by date, then city. Submit listings at least ten days before publication. Sports listings are subject to change, so please check in advance. Listings are compiled by Maureen Ellis.
Martial arts: The 12th Kendo World Championships Kel‘.in llilll International Sports Arena. l-i-i5 .r\rg)lc‘ Street. 337 I806. I’ractixeil by in er 50 L‘UUIIITIL'8 \VthtI“ Me and met‘ 6 million people in Japan alone. Kendo ix .\lItl\\L‘iI\L‘LI to the rest of the maid in thix gala uorlil championship. See pre\ ie“.
Motor rally: Jim Clark Memorial Rally ()eean 'I‘erminal. I.eitli. 555 8888. L5 tl‘reel. The l'K'x biggest rall) ing event. \\ itli 250 cars competing. lop drivers are on hand for an autograph signing session at 4pm l‘olloxtetl h} the ofﬁcial opening of the rally at 7pm. Stunt ilriVer Paul 8“ ill. \xlio has been invohetl in ﬁlms such as the Italian Job. performs for the cromls toila).
Martial arts: The 12th Kendo World Championships Kelvin llall International Sports Arena. 1445 Arg} le Street. 337 I806. See preview.
Croquet: Scottish Golf Croquet Championship The Meailim \_ .-\i~g_\ ll I’lace. National ranking competition. Motor rally: Jim Clark Memorial Rally ()cean 'l‘ermiiial. I.eitli. 555 8888. L5 ll‘reel. See l'it'l 4.
Martial arts: The 12th Kendo World Championships Kt‘l\lll llall International Sptil'lx Arena. 1445 Arg) le Street. 337 I806. See pre\ ie\\. Cycling: Go Bike Cycle Meeting Bell\ llrltlgc. (’otlgt‘c“ Road. “79.33 460093. lllam. .\ rela\ing c_\cle along Route 7 to Dr} men from Balloch train station. 'l‘lioxe \\ itli more enthuxiaxm are im llL‘ll to climb (‘onic IIiIl alteruartlx. For more information see
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Cricket: Scottish Saltires v Nottinghamshire Outlaws (irange (‘rick'et (‘Iulx I’ortgou er l’lace. Stockhritlge. 3 l 3 7-120. Ipm. Ll0lL5i. National cricket league future.
Motor rally: Jim Clark Memorial Rally ()cean 'I‘erminal. I.eitli. 555 8888. [5 three). See l‘ri 4.
American football: Edinburgh Wolves v Doncaster Mustangs Jack Kane Sports ('entre. 208 Niiltlrie .\Ittll1\ Road. 476 0901. 3.30pm. l-‘ree. The Wohes \\ ill be hoping to impro\ e their BSI. form in thix league game.
Cricket: Scottish Saltires v Durham Dynamos (iiaiige (‘iiekt-i ('liili. l’oitgimei I’late. \lockliiitlge. 31: "420 Ipiii Llll L5i \ational ciicket league li\tuie
Horse-racing: Musselburgh Races \Ill\\t'll‘tll:_'ll Racecouixe. linklielil Roail. \Iii\\t'll\iiigli. (W5 :85" _‘ 15pm L I0 L15 lL5. iiiiilei llvx tieei I'lat racing
Cricket: Scottish Saltires v Lancashire Lightning (iiaiigi- (‘ricket (‘liih I’iii'lgo\\ei I’lace. Stockhiiilge. 3| 3 ~~3le lpm LllliL5i National cricket league ti\tuie
Outside the cities
Golf: The Barclays Scottish Open loch lomoiiil (ioll (‘lulx Rll\\tlllll llou\e. luv. Ill-136655559 “am ik 3pm L35 ILI5; unilel‘ lfix li’eet .\Ialoi l’(i.\ lauropean 'I‘oui goll tournament. 'l'oila} IN a practice ila_\. \\ itli a Pro .v\m touiiiaiiient beginning at 2pm. See photo caption
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OutSIde the cities
Golf: The Barclays Scottish Open l.ocll l.otliotlil (ioll ('ltllt. RINMIIIII llttlht'. l.tl\\. 01436 65555‘).
7.30am 7pm, L35 iL | 5; under It“ lree». See photo capitol).
Outside the cities
Golf: The Barclays Scottish Open loch l.oiiioiiil (ioll ('luh. Rt)\\tlllll Ilouxe. I.u\\. 01436 65555‘). ".3llani 7pm L35
1L 1 5; under I!“ lreel. See photo caption. Horse-racing: Sunday Mail Family Night llamilloii I’ark Racecourxe. llotliu ell Roail. llaiiiilton. lllh‘)8 383806. "pm. Llll Ll5 lunilei l6\ li'eei. l‘tllllll} ~orieiilaleil racc ila}.
Croquet: Summer Weekend
Kel\ ingrm e l’ark. ()tago Street. 33-16363, 'l‘he \t‘contl ol the Scollhll ('t‘otlttcl :\\\ociation'\ three handicap competition»
Golf: Leith Rules Hickory Open I.eith l.ink\. I.eitli. .\ unique tournament p|a_\eil in et' a l‘neliole courxe ll\lllf_' hickor) cluhx anil gull) hallx. 'I‘hix tournament. organixetl It} the I.eitli RlllL'\ (loll Societ). re-enactx the earl} game loi the lirxt lime in 100 )earx. ()ii;i|il_\iiig takes place on Satui‘ila). u itli the knockout \tage on Sunila}. I’|a_\er\ must appl} iii ailxance at \\ \\ \\.lClllI-l'lllt‘\- gollt‘otlk. The public \\ ill ha\ e a chance topla) tioiii IJ leltil}.
American football: Edinburgh Wolves v Dundee Hurricanes Jack Kane Sportx (cutie. 208 \iililrie .\I;llll\ Road. 476 (NIH. 3.5Ilplll. I‘TL‘L‘. l'oiill‘all match in the [£81. league.
OutSIde the Cities
Golf: The Barclays Scottish Open I.ocli l.omonil (ioll ('Iuh. Rtl\\tlllll Houxe. 1.0“. (“4.30 (18.104.22.1689.
7am 5.30pm. L25 iLl5; uniler lox ITL'Cl. See photo caption.
Croquet: Summer Weekend
Kel\ mgroxe l’ark. ()tago Street. 33-16363. SL‘L‘ Sill l3.
Edinburgh Golf: Leith Rules Hickory Open I.etlh l.lnk\. l.cllll. See Sat l3.
BARCLAYS SCOTTISH OPEN
Loch Lomond's course isn't known for its tenacity like Carnoustie. Nor its biting weather. like the Ayrshire coast. Nevertheless. the annual Scottish Open continues to attract a world- class l)l£l\,lllg hold. all eager to lin‘bei iii) to: the Open at ROyaI St George one week later. Last year's Surprise winner Eduardo Romero pulled oil a series of stunning shots to deleat Fredrik Jacobson in the final round. Argentinean Romero is returning to defend his title. playing against the likes of Fred Couples. Phil Mickelson. Ernie Els and Brits Lee Westwood and Colin Montgomery. Why not Join the Club?
I Loch Lomond Golf Out). Loss. Wed 9—Sim 73 Jul. £25 (L‘ 75/ from
O 7436 655559. mvw. thescottish openat/och/omond. com
Outside the cities
Golf: The Barclays Scottish Open loch I.omoiiil (ioll ('luli. Rii\\tlllll llllll\k', I.tl\\, Ill-I 3ft (15555‘) "am 5. 30pm. L25 lL I 5. iiuilei llix lieei See photo caption.
Golf: Leith Rules Public Play I.eith I.lllk\. I.eitli.: 8pm L25llil'li .\ chance to tr} otit 'Hl‘llelluk goll uxiiig lllL'lel'} cluhx aiiil gull} hallx \upplieil h} (ieoi‘gian .\lllltlllt‘\. 'l he game at I.eilli l.lllk\ (lillt'\ hack to Victoiian Illllt‘\ aiiil Illl\ l\ )iiui chance to It) it out mer lixe lllllL'\. Llll llk'pll\ll l't'tltlltctl Itil eiiuipiiieiit. lot more inlorniatioii \ee \uutleilli rules gollco iik
Outside the cities
Horse-racing: Ayr Races .'\_\l Rtlct‘cotll'w. 3 “'lllllclh Rlliltl. .-\} I. “ll”: 36”“). 2.l5pm. L8 L18, National lliint racing.
Golf: Leith Rules Public Play I.eilli l.ink\. I.eitli. 3 8pm L3501Lli, St‘t‘ \Ittll l-I.
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Golf: Leith Rules Public Play I.eitli l.lllk\. I.L‘llll.2 8pm L35lllLl l. See .\Iotl l-i.
Golf: Leith Rules Public Play I.eitli l.llll\\. I.eitli. 2 8pm. L250lLI l. See .\loll 14.
Outside the cities Horse-racing: Special Concessions Day llillllllltlll I’ark Racecourse. Botlmell Road. Hamilton. 01698 283806. 2.20pm. L‘Iu Ll5 iiiniler l()\ l'reei. Seniors and \IlltICIII\ get tree eiitr) at the racing meeting.
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