2021 looks set to be an amazing year for sport, with events taking place around the globe as the disruption faced last year is finally overcome.
Here is a look at the biggest and best sporting tournaments, competitions and events that are scheduled for the coming 12 months so that you know what to pencil into your diary.
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Rugby is a brilliantly strategic and satisfyingly brutal ball sport, and the Six Nations competition is one of the most important events in the calendar this year.
Starting in February, it will see national sides from England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Italy and France face off over a series of high-octane matches.
At the moment, England are the bookmaker’s favorites to win, with France coming in close behind. Italy are rated as the least likely to triumph, but anything could happen when the series gets underway.
Ski Jumping World Cup
The death-defying sport of ski jumping is spectacular for spectators and intense for the athletes that participate, so if you want to see the best of the best go head to head then the World Cup being hosted in Norway this March will be worth a watch.
In terms of odds, Severin Freund of Germany looks to be the front-runner at the moment, with Kamil Stoch and Peter Prevc also in contention to take the top prize.
Other events running in a similar window, including the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, make the spring of 2021 a great time for winter sports fans.
Super Bowl LV
The Super Bowl attracts huge audiences every year, and hundreds of millions will be watching to see who walks away victorious from the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida when it rolls around again this February.
Aside from the action on the field of play, a lot of people will want to see how the ads and half time show are concocted this year, especially given the broader global circumstances. Whatever the case, it should be a night of high drama and tactics in the world of football.
UEFA European Championship
All of Europe’s top national soccer sides are set to clash as a total of 12 different cities across the continent will host the second most important tournament of its kind, after the FIFA World Cup.
In terms of which sides are poised for success, there is a fairly even level of expectation across the biggest teams at the moment, with anyone from England and France to Germany and Spain seen as being in with a chance at the moment.
Tokyo Summer Olympics
Japan’s capital is set to host the Summer Olympics this year, meaning that hundreds of the most skilled and capable athletes from almost every country worldwide will be taking the trip to Japan to prove themselves in their chosen sport.
There is always an amazing amount of variety in the Olympics, and hunger for this year’s event will be more intense than usual.
After being postponed last year, the Ryder Cup will be back in 2021, taking place at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin and pitting leading US golfers against their rivals from Europe in a battle that is always entertaining to watch.
At the moment it is the North American players who are seen as most likely to dominate, although Europe’s team is still in contention and it is the closeness of the match between these two titans that makes it so interesting and engaging. So here’s to a year of fantastic sport of all types, wherever it might take place in the world.