2021 is set to bring fresh hope to the sporting fans
2021 is set to bring fresh hope to the sporting fans after the Coronavirus pandemic left the 2020 sporting calendar in absolute disarray.
Tokyo Olympics which was originally slated to get underway in 2020, was among the major tournaments to be postponed to 2021, due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic.
However, towards the end of 2020, there were positive signs as a few sports resumed behind closed doors as athletes and staff found themselves behind the bio-bubble. The new norm, in the pandemic situation, is expected to be followed in the new year.
It will be an important year for the Indian athletes as they will have a lot to prove at the Tokyo Olympics. Over 70 athletes have already made the cut for the marquee event while some will still vie for a place through the qualifying events.
Let us have a look at some of the major sporting events that are lined up for 2021 until the Olympics.
The badminton calendar in 2021 will get underway with the Thailand Open. It will, however, not be a part of the Olympic qualification. The tournament will run from January 12 to 17 in Bangkok.
Tennis in 2021 will resume with one of its grandslams - the Australian Open. It is traditionally the first of the four Grand Slams held every year. It will be held in Melbourne from February 8 to 21.
The 2021 ISSF World Cup in New Delhi will be an important event for Indian marksmen. As of now, it will be held March 18 to March 29. Those who have already qualified for the Olympics will be looking to fine tune their preparations.
Athletes from across the globe will look to prove their mettle and boost their confidence ahead of the Olympics at the World Athletics Indoor Championships. The event is set to run from March 19 to 21.
The India Open Super 500 will be held from May 11 to 16. It will be an important tournament for premier Indian shuttlers as the tournament will be the last chance for them to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.
The 2021 World Snooker Championship will be held from April 17 to May 3, 2021 at the Crucible Theatre in England.
Numerous Indian boxers will be looking to seal qualification for the Tokyo Olympics by participating in this event which is slated to be held in June 2021. The exact dates will be announced later after monitoring the impact of Covid-19.
The 2021 French Open will get underway at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France, with the first round from May 23. The tournament will enter the quarter-finals on June 1 with the final matches being played on June 5 and June 6.
One of football’s biggest events, the Euro 2020, was also a victim of the Coronavirus pandemic. The European continental competition was postponed from 2020 to 2021 and the tournament will now be held from 11 June to 11 July 2021.
As of now, it is set to be hosted in 12 countries.
With several biggest footballing nations taking part in it, fans will definitely tune in to catch the biggest stars of the game in action.
The Wimbledon will be back in 2021 after being canceled in 2020 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The 134th championships will be staged from June 28 to July 11, 2021.
The oldest tennis tournament in the world is considered one of the most prestigious Grand Slams and fans from all over the world tune in to catch the best players battling it out on the Wimbledon grass courts.
Olympics 2020 was originally slated to get underway from July 24 to August 9, 2020 in Tokyo. But keeping in the mind the safety and security of the athletes due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the marquee event, is set to get underway in 2021 from July 23 to August 8.