With so many sporting events put on hold throughout 2020 due to the pandemic, the much-anticipated year of 2021 is set to be more remarkable and unforgettable than ever. Both athletes and their teams have been waiting a long time to show us what they’ve got, so it’s important not to miss a single second of the action. Here are some of the biggest dates in sports to ensure you mark in your new calendars.
The Guinness Six Nations Championship – 6 February-20 March
The 2021 rugby competition will be the 22nd Six Nations Championship, the usual national teams of England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Italy and France all set to compete. The annual tournament saw England win the title in 2020, yet as always in this sport, it could be anyone’s game next time.
Super Bowl LV – 7 February
February will also include the much awaited 55th Super Bowl championship game, hosted in Tampa Bay, Florida. The sport’s halftime show draws in just as much attention as the game itself and will be headlined by The Weeknd.
Grand National – 10 April
The annual Grand National horse race at Aintree Racecourse is raring to go in 2021 after being cancelled in 2020. The National Hunt horse race, first run in 1839, is a handicap steeplechase that draws in fans from around the globe to witness and bet on some of the world’s best horse racing and thanks to race cards betting is easy for even the most inexperienced.
24 Hours of Le Mans – 12 June-13 June
Fans will be thrilled to know that 24 Hours of Le Mans, also referred to as the “Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency”, will be back on our screens in June. The race is the oldest active sports car race in endurance racing in the world, not to mention one of the most prestigious.
EURO 2020 – 11 June-11 July
Covid-19 may have put Euro 2020 back a year, but football fans are still eagerly anticipating the day that this tournament returns and 24 sides resume playing across 12 host cities. The opening match will be held at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico while Wembley will be the setting for both the semi-finals and the final match.
Wimbledon Championships – 28 June-11 July
Wimbledon is back in 2021, running from late June until the first week of July. The championship is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, and certainly one of the most famous. Both single and double matches are played on the outdoor grass courts, with five major events played throughout the tournament.
Tokyo Summer Olympic Games – 23 July-8 August
It was after much deliberation from organisers to decide to postpone both the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games due to the pandemic, which has led to the event being even more highly anticipated than usual. While there is still no clear guidance on whether or not crowds will be allowed to attend the event, it’s set to be one of the most memorable Olympics to date and definitely one that sports fans won’t want to miss.