2020 Sports calendar was disrupted due to the COVID pandemic. With the vaccination starting around the world, hopefully we will see a stable sports calendar in 2021.
Here are some of the key events to look forward to in 2021:
Tokyo Olympics: Olympics will obviously be the biggest sports event in 2021. It was postponed for an year due to COVID pandemic. Organisers are said to invest another $2.4 billion to ensure that the delayed games go ahead in 2021. 74 Indians have already booked their place at Tokyo Olympics. More athletes are expected to qualify in the coming months.
ICC World Test Championship Final: The first ever World Test Championship Final will be held in June at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Stadium in London. The top 2 teams in Championship table will qualify for the finale in England. Currently, Australia and India are the top 2 teams in the table but things can change in the next 4 months. After tour of Australia, India is set to play a test series against England at home in February-March.
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup: Men’s T20 World Cup is scheduled is take place in India next year. The T20 Men’s World Cup which was scheduled to take place in Australia in 2020 got shifted to India in 2021. Australia will host the 2022 T20 World Cup now. 16 teams will take part in T20 World Cup in India.
Men’s FIH Pro League: The 2020 FIH Pro League which was disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic will resume in February 2021. This will give Indian Men’s team a good opportunity to test themselves against the best in the World ahead of the Olympics. The League is expected to conclude in May 2021. India is currently in 4th position after having played 6 games. India still needs to play 10 games.
Some other key events to watch out in 2021:
Basketball: FIBA Asia Cup – August 2021
Shooting: ISSF Shooting World Cup – New Delhi – March 2021
Wrestling: Asian Wrestling Championship – February 2021
Badminton: HSBC 2020 Badminton World Tour Final – January 2021
Badminton: Yonex All England Badminton Championship – 17-21 March
Badminton: Thomas & Uber Cup – 12-17 October
In addition to this, there are various Olympic qualifying events that are going to take place in the coming months. We will keep you updated as and when they happen.