After recouping from the 2020 state of affairs, and the sports’ decline that the world experienced, 2021 should put us back on track with a vast array of sporting events on offer. There is no doubt that this will be an unprecedented year, one where we will not only get treated to events we expected to happen in 2021 but also ones that did not occur in 2020 and rolled over.
Anticipate the crashing of online sports betting sites, as sports fanatics will get served up an offer of betting markets never before seen in that industry. The TV viewing palette should also be abundant, and if you are struggling regarding what dates need marking on your calendar, we provide some assistance below.
Champions League Final
An obvious choice. You do not have to be a footie fan to know that the UEFA Champions League final is one of the most eagerly awaited annual sporting events. Over 480 million people watched the 2019 conclusion of Europe’s top football competition, and in late May, that figure should be well above 500 million. The Atatürk Stadium is hoping that it will not get short-changed from hosting this final again.
When discussing viewership numbers, the 2016 Rio games had a global audience of 3.2 billion, as Olympics broadcasts dwarf everything else in scope. Originally scheduled for July of 2020, Tokyo will now host the games starting on the 23rd of July. Over eleven thousand athletes from 206 nations will compete in 33 sports and 50 disciplines. As with every Olympics, expect this one to be a sight to behold.
Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world. Last year was the first time since the second world war that this prestigious event did not occur. In 2021, UK fans are hopeful that Andy Murray will repeat his 2016 performance. However, most bookies have the current champion, Novak Djokovic, as the odds-on favorite. If he manages to claim the title, it would be his sixth Wimbledon crown.
Much like the Tokyo Olympics, this year’s UEFA European Football Championship referred to as The Euro, is a 2020 spillover. It will be novel in that twelve European cities will play host to it. Furthermore, this will be the first time that all participants have not gotten their spots via the traditional qualification rounds, as four participants earned their way into the Euro through the UEFA Nations League.
Anthony Joshua v Tyson Fury
No doubt Anthony Joshua’s defeat to Andy Ruiz took some of the shine off the Watford native. That said, despite this blemish, he successfully rebounded and looked impressive in both subsequent showings. Tyson Fury has been inactive since his dominance of Deontay Wilder but has kept his name in the news. With the two Brits set to clash in 2021, many predict that this will be the biggest fight in boxing history.