For the ardent sports fan, every new year is rich with new opportunities. And at the start of this new year and new decade, there’s a lot to look forward to. This year has a fantastic array of sporting events lined up for us, including an exciting world first. Whatever your preferred sport (or if you love a little bit of everything) there’s sure to be something to enjoy this year. Whether you’ll be taking your love of sports with you as you travel the world to get to where the action is, or you’re happy to watch from the comfort of your living room let’s take a look at some of the unmissable sporting events coming this year.
The First Ever Saudi Cup in Riyadh
Anyone who’s ever travelled to Saudi Arabia knows that they’re not known for half measures. Saudi Arabia’s architecture, infrastructure and hospitality are renowned throughout the world for their opulence and extravagance. And nowhere in the sporting calendar is this more abundantly clear than the first ever Saudi Cup in the capital city Riyadh.
The prestigious event, which will welcome horses and jockeys from around the world, will feature a record breaking prize for a horse race. The race has an incredible total value of $20 million USD. No less than half of this will be awarded to the winner. That’s $10 million for the lucky jockey. But they won’t be the only one to win big, with 7 figure prizes to be won for the first 5 places. Even the jockey that comes in tenth will earn an enviable $200,000.
The Tour De France
The biggest event in the world of cycling begins on 27th June this year and extends to 19th July. Nice will host the Grand Depart for only the second time in history before the action moves towards Sisteron and eventually Paris.
The Olympics & Paralympics
The Olympics are always a wonderful event to catch on TV… but they’re even better enjoyed in person. And with Tokyo playing host to arguably the biggest event in the sporting calendar there’s a lot to get excited about. The Japanese capital has invested massively in its infrastructure as it welcomes sports fans from all over the world for the Olympics.
Among the events this year will be 5 completely new sports- sport climbing, surfing, skateboarding, softball and karate. While the event proper will start on 24th July, the torch relay will take place on the iconic Mount Fukushima on 26th March.
The 16th Paralympics will follow shortly after running from August to September. This will also feature its share of new events including badminton and taekwondo.
Euro – UEFA European Cup
Football (or soccer if you’re reading this stateside) fans rejoice. The 2020 UEFA European Cup will see some of Europe’s best footballing talent battling for dominance in some of the continent’s premier cities including Amsterdam, Rome, Dublin and Bilbao with the semi-finals and finals taking place at Wembley stadium in London. Whether you’ll be following these 24 teams across the continent or watching them battle it out on TV, it’s likely to be an impressive affair.
Chill the strawberries, whip the cream and put a bucket of bubbly on ice because Wimbledon is coming in hot this summer. This highlight of the sporting year will see the world’s best compete for supremacy on the prestigious London tennis court.
In the women’s draw, Simona Halep will be defending the title she won from the legendary Serena Williams while the jury’s still out over whether or not two-time champion Andy Murray will make an appearance or whether he will be kept from the event by the injury which saw him drop out of the Australian Open.
The Grand National
The Saudi Cup is shaping up to be the most impressive horse racing event on the world calendar but the Grand National at Anfield remains without a doubt the most famous. This year marks the prestigious race’s 180th birthday. Will Tiger Roll (arguably the most celebrated horse since Red Rum) return to Anfield? We’ll have to wait until after the Cheltenham Festival in March to find out.
ICC World T20 Cup
There are many cricket events taking place in 2020 but the biennial international championship for women’s Twenty20 International cricket might just be the most exciting. First held in 2007 (with the women’s fixtured debuting in 2009) the ICC World T20 Cup is one of the most important events in the world of cricket. This year’s (hosted in Australia) will bring together some of the world’s greatest talent from Australia and New Zealand, Pakistan, India, the West Indies, Ireland and the Netherlands.
With so much to look forward to this year, it’s time to decide which of these events are the most unmissable for you.