Sports have been a big part of our lives since the very beginning of time, whether taking part in sports yourself or watching sports as a fan. From die hard football fans who have tattooed the faces of Neymar and Messi on their bodies to the energetic Indians whose cheering can lift the roof of any stadium the Indian cricket team plays in, sports brings the world together.
While the outbreak of COVID-19 last year brought the world to a standstill, sports lovers were heavily affected as their favourite games were cancelled. But once 2020 came to a close, the world of sports seemed to be getting back on track. 2021 has some amazing fixtures in store for us, so read on for 8 sports events to look forward to this summer.
1. World Athletics Indoor Championship
The World Athletics Indoor Championship is the ultimate event for athletes, bringing together world-class sportsmen under one roof. This global competition dates back to 1985, when it was hosted for the first time in Paris, France. The competition actively involves both the genders in its engaging games, which include relay race, pole vault, triple jump, and more. The World Athletics Indoor Championship takes place every two years and this year it will be held between March 19 and March 21.
2. 2021 World Snooker Championship
A game that was first played by the British Army back in the 19th century is about to make its return to its land of origin this year. The 2021 World Snooker Championship is scheduled to take place between 17th April and 1st May, in Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England. This highly awaited snooker championship is to be broadcasted live by the BBC, along with other beloved sports channels Eurosport and Matchroom Sport. Brit Ronnie O’Sullivan will be looking to defend his title.
3. Euro 2020
The European Football Championship shows us how exciting 2021 is going to be. The English have always fancied a good football game, with the country being home to tons of football fans. The cancellation of the beloved football championship last year broke the hearts of many, but it is to make its grand entrance in the Stadio Olimpico in of Rome, Italy. The first two contenders are scheduled to be Turkey and the hosting country who are tentatively set to play on 11 June.
4. 2021 Wimbledon Championships
Tennis lovers of woll be thrilled to know the Wimbledon is on! Along with other sports championships, the immensely popular Wimbledon tournament has also been re-scheduled to take place this year. This prestigious tennis event is said to complete its 134th edition this year at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom, between 28th June and 11th July. This summer, we’ll have reason to be on the edge of our seats, witnessing some amazing games between world-class tennis champions.
5. India Open Super 500
The India Open is a highly prestigious badminton world championship event. It began its journey in India back in 2008 and ever since has been delighting its audience with competitive badminton games between shuttlers from around the world. This year its return is much awaited after its cancellation in 2020. However, it is due to bring together badminton champions for a rough and tough game on May 11.
6. The French Open
Another of the four Grand Slam tournaments alongside Wimbledon, the French Open will be hosted this year starting 23 May in Stade Roland-Garros in Paris, France. Founded in 1891, this will be the 130 year of this tournament. One of the finest tennis championships of the world, it has successfully retained its prestige throughout these long years and has a special place in the hearts of avid tennis fans in every corner of the world.
7. ISSF World Cup 2021
The ISSF World Cup, the major event of the International Shooting Sport Federation, is scheduled to take place from 18th March to 29th March this year. This international shooting game is to bring together world-class shooters who hardly miss the bull’s eye. This year, it is to be hosted by the country that takes great pride in its culture and tradition: New Delhi, India.
8. The Summer Olympics
Last but not the least, is the much-awaited global event of 2021 which was originally scheduled to take place in Tokyo, Japan in summer 2020. COVID-19 saw the entire event cancelled, but the Olympic Games is on track to go ahead in the same city this year from 23 July to 8 August. This year it is expected to showcase some great performances by skilled athletes from around the world.
These are the top 8 sports events to add to your summer sports calendar of 2021. They’re sure to keep you on the edge of your seat!