We all love sports, and whether that love is manifested as players or spectators varies from person to person, but like music, sports is a common love among every one of us. The unpredictability and drama that encompass the world’s greatest sports, along with the fact that they provide a truly relevant example of the human spirit of thriving in competition, is what makes the subject so endearing and captivating by and large. As a result, there are umpteen forms of sports in the modern world, but this article makes it easier for you to block your calendars in the coming two months for the best sporting events the world over.
Major Upcoming Sports Events, 2019
- ICC Cricket World Cup.
When: 30 May-14 July
Where: England and Wales
Eleven venues across England and Wales will host matches in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. Edgbaston Cricket Ground (Birmingham, England); Bristol County Ground (Bristol, England), Sophia Gardens (Cardiff, Wales), Riverside Ground (County Durham, England), Headingley Cricket Ground (Leeds, England), Lord’s Cricket Ground (London), The Oval (London), Old Trafford Cricket Ground (Greater Manchester, England), Trent Bridge (Nottinghamshire, England), Rose Bowl (Hampshire, England), and County Ground (Taunton, Somerset).
- 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
When: 7 June-7 July
This year’s FIFA World Cup for the ladies will be hosted by France and promises to be every bit as entertaining as it has been since it’s inception in 1991 at China. The United States Women National Soccer team (USWNT) will enter the competition as defending champions of 2015 and the tournament is expected to run from 7-June to 7-July.
- U.S. Open (golf).
When:13 June-16 June
The Gentleman’s sport comes back for this year’s rendition at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California and will be held from June 13 to June 16. Popular sport journals speak about simulations running over and over and Golf legend Tiger Woods definitely looks to be in the mix.
- Africa Cup Of Nations.
When: 21 June-19 July
A football league for the nations of Africa is something you may not have heard of. But that’s all the more reason to start following it now. Started in 1957 with just 3 participating nations, this league has now evolved to be one of the most happening sports events in the African continent. The event takes place between June 21 to July 19.
- NBA Finals.
When: 16 June.
The grand finale to the 2019 National Basketball Association playoffs officially started on May 30 and if you re the kind of person who know and follows basketball you know the kind of adrenaline rush it gives just as a spectator. The showdown will be between the Toronto Raptors and the Golden State Warriors. The series concludes on June 16 and is definitely unmissable.
- Wimbledon 2019.
When: 1–14 July
Where: London, United Kingdom
Starting from July 1, 2019 and concluding on July 14, Wimbledon looks strong to live up to it’s name and reputation as one of the world’s most physical sports. Defending world champions Novak Djokovik and Angelique Kerber look set retain their titles amongst a new set of rules that include a tie break at 12 in all in the final set. The ladies qualifying match also sees a bump in players to 128, similar to those in the gentlemen league.
- 87th 24H of Le Mans.
When: 15 and 16 June 2019
Where: Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans, France
One of the oldest and most prestigious races in the world, the 24h of Le Mans is a spectacle every petrolhead knows about. Simply put, it is an endurance race that lasts 24 hours and is the ultimate test of man and machine. 2 times Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso hopes to repeat his victory performance from last year and in the process, help Toyota Gazoo Racing clinch the World Endurance Championship. It will be held between June 15-6 weekend.
- FINA World Aquatic Championships.
When: 12 and 28 July 2019
Where: Gwangju, South Korea
To be held between 12-28 July, the FINA World Aquatic Championship will continue the tradition of hosting a variety of water sports since it’s inception in 1973 held at Belgrade, Yugoslavia. This year’s edition will be held mostly in Gwangju, South Korea. The United States holds the record for the most number of medals and they look set to continue that winning streak since their last outing in 2017.
- Tour De France.
When: 6 and 28 July 2019
A modern sport that started off more than a century ago, the Tour de France needs no introduction. Run over a 23 day period with 21 events that last all day long, this is another sport that tests the human body’s endurance and fitness. Participating athletes cover a whopping distance of 3500km during that period along various scenic circuits in France and neighboring territories. This year’s cycling competition starts July-6 and ends July-28.
- Pan American Games.
When: July 26 – August 11
Where: Lima, Peru
The epitome of summer sports for the American Nations, The Pan Am Games, as they are popularly known, will be held in Lima, Peru this year from July 26 to August 11. Governed by the International Sports Federation and the National Olympic Committees, the event encapsulates about 400 events in 36 different sports disciplines and is partaken by close to 5000 athletes. Definitely a mega event worth attending.
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