POLOKWANE – The sporting calendar has again been severely disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2021 and, as a result, some major tournaments have been postponed to 2022.
These tournaments, along with other tournaments and major sporting events that were already slated for 2022, mean that, if all goes well, there is plenty of sporting action to look forward to this year.
Highlights include the Winter Olympics in Beijing, the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 in England and the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. New Zealand is also expected to host two World Cups, the Women’s Rugby World Cup and the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, while England will host the Rugby Union World Cup.
Review gives you an overview of what to expect in the sporting calendar in 2022:
open from Australia
The first grand slam of the year takes place below. The opening is scheduled to begin on January 17 and end on January 30.
William Hill World Darts Championship
The championship started in December 2021 and is scheduled to end on January 3.
African Cup of Nations
To be played in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6.
Olympic Winter Games 2022
The games will take place in Beijing from February 4 to 22.
2022 Six Nations Rugby Championship
The championship kicks off on February 6 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, where Ireland and Wales meet.
Caraboa Cup Final
The 62nd EFL Cup season will end on February 27, when the top two teams go head to head for silverware.
2022 Women’s Cricket World Cup
New Zealand will host all 31 World Cup games between March 4 and April 3.
Bahrain F1 Grand Prix
The Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir will be the battleground for F1 drivers from March 18 to 20.
2022 UEFA Europa League final
The final will be played at Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán Stadium in Seville, Spain on May 18.
2022 Heineken Champions Cup Final
The first European rugby cup competition concludes at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille, France on May 28.
2022 UEFA Champions League final
The Krestovsky Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia will host one of the most watched sporting events in the world on May 28.
The Wimbledon Championships
The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club will host the associated strawberry and cream slam between June 27 and July 10.
The 150th Open Championship
From July 10-17, Old Course in St Andrews, Scotland will host the 150th Open Championship.
Rugby Sevens World Cup 2022
South Africa, if all goes well, are set to host the Seven-a-side World Cup in Cape Town from September 9-11.
Women’s Rugby World Cup
Eden Park, Auckland; Northland Events Center, Whangarei; Waitakere Stadium, Auckland will host the tournament which has been postponed to 2021. The World Cup will be decided between 8 October and 12 November.
Rugby Union World Cup
The 61 matches in men’s, women’s and wheelchair codes will be played in various stadiums across England. The World Cups will be played between October 15 and November 19.
Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022
One of the biggest sporting dates on the sporting calendar is November 21. The date is the start of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, with the final scheduled for December 18.
Ssources: Wikipedia and Sports Tourism Media