The year 2021 – it’s hopefully all about sport

The sports year 2021 has everything to offer. A big year in the sporting landscape is upon us, with the postponed Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 the highlight. Circumstances allowing, the world’s best athletes will gather in Japan’s capital in July, where baseball/softball makes its Olympic return, and karate, skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing will appear on the Olympic program for the first time.

Quarantine Life: Staying at Home Can Drive Up TV Viewing 60% or More
To state the obvious: TV viewing and streaming video went up with a big bump with the coronavirus pandemic leaving millions housebound. But how big a jump are we talking about related to the current COVID-19 crisis? When consumers stay at home amid broadly disruptive events, their media consumption rises nearly 60%.

Even though traditional TV viewing has been dropping over recent years and streaming video on TVs via services like Netflix has boomed. The Covid pandemic raised TV viewing at home. Overall, 30% of consumers subscribe to three or more video streaming services, with sports content leading the viewing hours.

TV viewing among employees who work remotely during a typical Monday-Friday work schedule watch over 3 hours more each week compared with in-office workers (25 hours and 2 minutes for remote workers vs. 21 hours and 56 minutes for non-remote workers).

Here is a list of the major sporting events for the year 2021. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many major sporting events have been canceled or postponed, and changes are happening regularly as the Olympic Games competition or tournament takes pride of place on the calendar. Also note that not every sporting event can be listed here, though we have tried to include all the big sporting events of the major sports, mostly the international senior competitions. Which dates should you already note in your agenda?

The Highlights of 2021
Euro 2020, the Olympic and Paralympic Games, a Lions tour of South Africa, a Rugby League World Cup in England, and cricket’s inaugural Hundred tournament are just some of the many prospective highlights over the next 12 months. Not only do the Belgian Red Devils go full for the European title, but in Tokyo, the Belgian athletes also want to score even better than the 6 Olympic medals in Rio.

A full overview of the calendar

January 2021
Jan 3 Darts World Championship Final
Jan 19 – 24 Santos Tour Down Under (Australia)
Jan 31 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (Australia)
Jan 13 – 31 Handball World Championships (men) Egypt
Jan 28 – 31 Extreme Sports Winter X Games 25 Aspen, Colorado, USA

February 2021
Feb 4 – 11 Football (Soccer) 2020 FIFA Club World Cup Doha, Qatar
Feb 6 – 12 (postponed until 2022) Multi-sports Special Olympics World Winter Games 
Feb 6 – Mar 20 Rugby Six Nations UK, Ireland, France & Italy
Feb 7 Super Bowl Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
Feb 8 – 21 Tennis Australia Open Melbourne, Australia
Feb 8 – 21 Skiing World Alpine Ski Championships Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
Feb 23 – Mar 7 Skiing (Nordic) Nordic World Ski Championships Germany
Feb 21 – 27 UAE Tour (United Arab Emirates)
Feb 27 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Elite (Belgium)

March 2021
Mar 6 Strade Bianche (Italy)
Mar 7 – 14 Paris-Nice (France)
Mar 6 – 21 Sailing America’s Cup New Zealand
Mar 9 – 23 Baseball World Baseball Classic 
Mar 10 – 16 Tirreno-Adriatico (Italy)
Mar 16 – 19 Horse racing – Cheltenham Festival
Mar 20 Milano-Sanremo (Italy)
Mar 22 – 28 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (Spain)
Mar 23 – 28 Multi-sports Winter Military World Games Germany
Mar 24 AG Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne (Belgium)
Mar 24 – 25 Football – World Cup qualifying starts
Mar 26 E3 BinckBank Classic (Belgium)
Mar 28 Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields (Belgium)
Mar 28 Formula 1 season starts – Bahrain Grand Prix, Sakhir
Mar 31 Dwars door Vlaanderen – A travers la Flandre (Belgium)

On the 4th of April it’s a big day for cycling with the Tour of Flanders.

April 2021
Apr 2 – 10 Multi-sports Asian Beach Games Sanya, China
Apr 4 Ronde van Vlaanderen – Tour de Flandres (Belgium)
Apr 5 – 10 Itzulia Basque Country (Spain)
Apr 8 – 11 Golf Masters Augusta, Georgia, USA
Apr 10 Horse Racing Grand National Aintree in Liverpool
Apr 11 Paris-Roubaix (France)
Apr 17 – May 3 Snooker World Snooker Championship Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England
Apr 18 Amstel Gold Race (the Netherlands)
Apr 21 La Flèche Wallonne (Belgium)
Apr 25 Liège-Bastogne-Liège (Belgium)
Apr 27 – 2 May: Tour de Romandie (Switzerland)

May 2021
May 1 Horse Racing Kentucky Derby Louisville
May 3 – 9 Multi-sports World Combat Games Kazakhstan
May 8 – 30 Giro d’Italia (Italy)
May 10 – 23 Aquatics – European Championships Hungary

May 14 – 22 Multi-sports Arafura Games Australia
May 14 – 30 Multi-sports World Masters Games (Summer) Japan
May 17 – 23 Golf US PGA Kiawah Island Golf Resort
May 21 – June 6 Ice Hockey IIHF World Championship Riga, Latvia
May 30 Auto Racing Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis, USA
May 15 Football – FA Cup final Wembley Stadium, London
May 16 Football – Women’s Champions League final in Gothenburg
May 22 Football – Women’s FA Cup final at Wembley
May 22 Rugby Union – European Champions Cup final in Marseille
May 23 – Jun 6 (TBC) Tennis French Open Paris, France
May 23 Formula 1 – Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo
May 26 Football – Europa League final in Gdansk
May 29 Football (Soccer) UEFA Champions League Final
May 29 – Jun 5 (postponed from 2020) Multi-sports Invictus Games The Netherlands
May 30 – Jun 6 Critérium du Dauphiné (France)

June 2021
Jun 11 – Jul 11 Football – Euro 2020

Jun 6 – 13 June: Tour de Suisse (Switzerland)
Jun 8 – Jul 11 Tennis – Wimbledon
Jun 26 – Jul 18 Cycling – Tour de France

Remco Evenepoel has made the Olympic Games his main goal.

July 2021
Jul 15 – 18 Golf – The Open at Royal St George’s
Jul 16, 18 & 20 Cricket – England v Pakistan T20s
Jul 17 Rugby League – Challenge Cup final at Wembley
Jul 18 Formula 1 – British Grand Prix at Silverstone
Jul 23 – Aug 8 Olympic Games in Tokyo

If all goes well, the Olympic Games will start one year later than originally planned.

August 2021
Aug 9 – 15 Tour de Pologne (Poland)
Aug 14 – Sep 5: La Vuelta Ciclista a España (Spain)
Aug 15 EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg (Germany)
Aug 22 Bretagne Classic – Ouest-France (France)
Aug 24 – Sep 5 Paralympic Games in Tokyo
Aug 30 – Sep 12 Tennis – US Open in New York
Aug 30 – Sep 5 BinckBank Tour

September 2020
Sep 10 Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec (Canada)
Sep 12 Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal (Canada)
Sep 18 – Oct 16 Rugby Women’s World Cup New Zealand
Sep 19 – 26 Cycling UCI Road World Championships Bruges and Leuven, Belgium

Sep 24 – 26 Golf – Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin
Sep 27 – Oct 1 Cricket – Bob Willis Trophy final at Lord’s

October 2021
Oct 3 Athletics – London Marathon
Oct 9 Rugby League – Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford
Oct 9 Il Lombardia (Italy)
Oct 13 – 17 Cycling World Track Championships Achgabat, Turkmenistan
Oct 14 – 19 Gree – Tour of Guangxi (China)
Oct 18 – Nov 15 Cricket ICC World T20 (men) India
Oct 23 – Nov 27 Rugby League World Cup England
Oct-Nov: Cricket – Men’s T20 World Cup in India

November 2021
Nov 2 Horse Racing Melbourne Cup Victoria, Australia
Nov 21-Dec 2 Multi-sports South-East Asian Games Hanoi, Vietnam

December 2021
Dec 2-19 Handball World Championships (women) Spain
Dec ? Football (Soccer) 2021 FIFA Club World Cup Japan
Dec 11-21 (postponed from January) Multi-sports Winter Universiade Lucerne, Switzerland
Dec 13-18 (postponed from Dec 2020) Swimming FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) Abu Dhabi, UAE