After coronavirus: Sport set for hectic year approaching 2021

After coronavirus: Sport set for hectic year approaching 2021

Sport – described as the most important of the unimportant things.

While it may seem a long way off or irrelevant right now, later this year we could be gearing up for a thrilling 12 months of action.

After rescheduling prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, the postponed Euros, Olympics and Paralympics will all be squeezed into the 2021 calendar.

Here we run down what you can (hopefully) look forward to when the crisis subsides, but first the short-term…


A final decision on dates has yet to be taken on the following events, although several are in doubt.

4 June: England v West Indies, cricket Test series

5-6 June: Horse racing – The Derby meeting, Epsom

16-20 June: Horse racing – Royal Ascot

18-21 June: Golf – US Open, New York

20 June: Boxing – Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

27 June to 19 July: Cycling – Tour de France

4-5 July: Athletics – Anniversary Games, London

16-19 July: Golf – The Open at Royal St George’s

17 July to 15 August: Cricket – The Hundred

19 July: Formula 1 – British Grand Prix at Silverstone

30 July: Cricket: England v Pakistan Test series

8 August: Scheduled start of football’s 2020-21 league campaign in England.

25-30 August: European Athletics Championships, Paris

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July or August: World Snooker Championship

TBC Football – Final eight to nine postponed matches of 2019-20 Premier League season and FA Cup

TBC Football – Champions League and Europa League “suspended until further notice”, all international matches in June postponed

TBC: Golf – US PGA Championship, San Francisco

What next?

When sport is able to resume, the calendar could be a mix of rescheduled and established events, with a packed autumn schedule and busy 2021 making for a potentially hectic 12 months from September onwards…

20 September to 4 October: Tennis – French Open

25-27 September: Golf – Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin

4 October: London Marathon

10 October: Rugby League – Scheduled end of Super League season

18 October to 15 November: Cricket – Men’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia

TBC: Rugby union- Final Six Nations matches

TBC: Boxing – Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder

15-22 November: Tennis – ATP Finals, London

7 November: Rugby Union – England v New Zealand at Twickenham

29 November – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Last scheduled F1 race of 2020

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So what is happening with the biggest events?

EURO 2020 (Postponed)

Original dates: 12 June to 12 July

New dates: 11 June to 11 July, 2021

While it has yet to be decided whether Euro 2020 will actually be known as Euro 2021, the tournament – staged at 12 venues across Europe with semi-finals and finals at London’s Wembley Stadium – has been put back a year.

In addition, all international football in June, including Euro 2020 qualifiers, has been postponed.

The Women’s European Championship – set to be held in England in 2021 – will be moved to the summer of 2022.

Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin has said the 2019-20 season could be lost, although the Premier League is keen to complete the campaign.

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