It’s the start of a new decade and with that comes a host of new tournaments and sporting events to look forward to. Here are some of the top picks for sports fans to schedule in to their diaries, from cricket and athletics to horse racing.
Grand National – 2-4 April 2021
A thrilling festival of incredible racing and sporting excellence, and the 2020 Grand National will no doubt be as exciting as previous years. The huge field of 40 horses jumping over 30 fences is an unmatched sight that brings in millions of viewers around the world each year. The Grand National offers winners prizes of £1,000,000 so it’s a competitive festival that promises a great selection of races.
The Hundred – 17 July-15 August 2021.
The Hundred is the tournament that has had cricket traditionalists baffled and angry, but one thing is for sure, there will be plenty of eyes on the eight franchises created to make the sport more family-focused. With the likes Steve Smith, Jofra Archer and Heather Knight representing the likes of Southern Brave and London Spirit, there will be plenty of exciting moments to look forward to.
Tokyo Olympics – 24 July-9 August 2021
The standout event of 2021 will be the Tokyo Olympics. Japan will be holding the summer games for the first time since 1964 and medals will be available for participants in 33 different sports, including five new categories. Great Britain will be hopeful that Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Dina Asher-Smith will be able to replicate their gold medal success from their recent world championships.
Rugby League Ashes – 31 October-14 November 2021
Rugby’s equivalent of The Ashes will return in late 2021 for the first time since 2003. It’s a three-match series which kicks off with Tests in Leeds and Bolton, ending with a final in London at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The hosts will be looking to regain the trophy back from Australia for the first time in 50 years.
ATP Tour – 1 June-28 November 2021
The global elite men’s professional tennis competition will be held in June in 2021. The 2021 ATP Tour comprises a host of different tournaments, from the Grand Slam tournaments to the ATP Tour Masters 1000 and the ATP Cup, so it’s a fantastic competition that promises to provide tennis fans with plenty of exciting matches. For those who enjoy tennis and want a different tournament besides Wimbledon to look forward to, the ATP Tour is one for the diary.
Cricket World Cup – 9 February-26 March 2023
Cricket’s premier tournament heads to India in 2023 and will be a highlight of the cricket season for fans. India is an incredibly enthusiastic nation where cricket is concerned so they’re sure to be great hosts of the World Cup. Qualification is through the 2021-22 ICC Cricket World Cup Super League, where the top seven sides and the hosts will find themselves in the league automatically. The remaining five teams will play in the 2022 Cricket World Cup Qualifier to determine if they have a place in the tournament in 2023.