The Biggest Sporting Events of 2021

After a (to put it mildly) disappointing year in sport in 2020, 2021 is looking far more promising. Along with regularly scheduled sporting fixtures, there are several notable tournaments and spectacles which have been postponed to 2021, giving us a fuller than usual calendar of major sporting events.

From The International, the biggest eSports event of the year, to the Olympics themselves, when it came to major sporting events 2021 saw tournaments, competitions and events cancelled left right and centre.

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Perhaps the biggest sporting let down of 2020 was the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. Fortunately, Tokyo 2020 organisers have said the games will go ahead in 2021, albeit with a few changes thanks to COVID-19. Although it won’t be the same without roaring international crowds, Tokyo 2021 is set to be the biggest event of the 2021 sporting calendar.

Major sporting events 2021 Calendar

Along with the regular calendar of grand finals, world championships and annual events 2021 hold in store some rarer major sporting events 2021 including the Olympics, Paralympics and Euro 2020. This sporting calendar 2021 covers some of the most highly anticipated major sporting events of the year, from grand finals and championships to major races and tournaments from all over the world.

Sporting Calendar 2021

Date Sport Event Location
13-31 January Handball Men’s Handball World Championships Egypt
29-31 January Extreme Sports Winter X Games Aspen, USA
6th February Cricket BBL Final  Sydney, Australia
6th February – 20th March  Rugby Six Nations United Kingdom
7th February American Football Super Bowl USA
8th – 21st February Tennis  Australian Open  Melbourne, Australia
19th – 20th February Horse Racing  Saudi Cup Saudi Arabia
24th – 28th February eGaming FIFAe Club World Cup Worldwide
10th-17th March Sailing America’s Cup Auckland, New Zealand
21st March – 5th December Formula One World Championship Various
27th March Horse Racing Dubai World Cup Dubai 
5th – 11th April  Golf The Masters Augusta, USA
10th April Horse Racing The Grand National Aintree, England 
17th April Snooker World Snooker Championship England 
29th April eSports Dreamhack Masters Europe
20th – 23rd May Golf PGA Championship USA
22nd May Football (Soccer) Women’s FA Cup final Wembley, England 
22nd May – 22nd July Basketball NBA Playoffs and Finals USA
23rd May Football (Soccer) English Premier League Final United Kingdom 
29th May Football (Soccer) Champions League Final Istanbul
Late June Football (Soccer) A-League Finals Australia 
9th June Rugby League State of Origin Game 1 Melbourne, Australia 
11th June – 11th July Football (Soccer) Euro 2020 Europe
15th – 19th June Horse Racing Royal Ascot Ascot, United Kingdom 
26th June – 18th July Cycling Tour de France France
27th June Rugby League State of Origin Game 2 Brisbane, Australia 
28th June – 11th July Tennis Wimbledon Wimbledon, England
1st – 31st August eSports The International Stockholm, Sweden
3rd July – 7th August Rugby British & Irish Lions South African Tour South Africa
30th August – 12th September   Tennis US Open USA
TDB July Ice Hockey NHL Finals North America
14th July Rugby League State of Origin Game 3 Sydney, Australia 
15th – 18th July Golf The Open Championship Kent, England 
23rd July – 8th August Multi Summer Olympics Tokyo, Japan 
24th August – 5th September Multi Summer Paralympics Tokyo, Japan
30th August – 12th September Golf US Open USA
8th – 17th September Surfing World Surf League Finals California, USA
18th September – 16th October Rugby Women’s World Cup New Zealand
21st – 26th September Golf Ryder Cup Wisconsin, USA
25th September AFL AFL Grand Final Melbourne, Australia
3rd October Rugby League NRL Grand Final Sydney, Australia
16th October Horse Racing The Everest Sydney, Australia 
1st – 7th November Tennis Paris Masters Paris, France
18th October – 15th November Cricket Twenty20 World Cup India
23rd October – 27th November Rugby League Rugby League World Cup England 
26th October – 3rd November Baseball MLB World Series USA
2nd November Horse Racing  Melbourne Cup Melbourne, Australia
22nd November – 14th January Cricket The Ashes Australia
16th – 21st December Swimming FINA World Swimming Championships Abu Dhabi
26th December Sailing Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race Australia 

Sporting calendar 2021 looking hopeful

As we move into 2021 there’s a palpable feeling of cautious optimism. As one by one sports come back and crowds are allowed to trickle back into stadiums, we can all get back to enjoying a full sporting calendar in 2021.

While some people argue against the safety of running international sporting events like the Australian Open before the COVID-19 pandemic is completely under wraps, it must be admitted that having top international sporting events back on track is a huge boost to the sport-loving community.

Source: ATP Tour

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