After a long break in sporting activities due to Covid-19, these much-loved events are gradually making a comeback. While we can go to local ones ... or maybe even travel regionally, we're still waiting on the "All Clear" to travel around the world to see some of our favorite international sporting events. Luckily, there are a lot of streaming options available to help with that.
Although these games are taking place in a very subdued atmosphere (fans are not yet fully allowed to line up the stadium seats), there are many sporting events lined up for this summer. So the only option for most people is to recreate the excitement - or simply contain their enthusiasm - within the four walls of their living room with drinks, snacks and the television blaring! With that said, here are some of the top must-watch sporting events to look out for this summer.
Lions Rugby Tour - 3rd July to 7th of August 2021
The beginning of the Lions Rugby Tour is one of the most anticipated events for rugby enthusiasts. This is mainly because it happens once every four years, and it brings together the best players from the Home Nations and other countries like South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Over the years, these games have become increasingly competitive and usually have many fans cheering their teams on. This year, the Lions Tour is scheduled to take place in South Africa, and that means that the Lions will take on the Springboks, who are the current world champions. This is a sporting event you simply cannot afford to miss.
Euro 2020 - 11th June to 11th July 2021
Yes, it is 2021, but due to the postponement of the games last year due to Covid-19, the 2020 edition will take place this year. Many fans were left distraught when the games were cancelled because it was set to unfold in a new and exciting format. Rather than the 16 different teams that compete in a single country, the teams were expanded to 24 and will now occur in other cities rather than just one country. Some of these cities include Dublin, Bilbao, Rome, and Baku. The semi-finals and finals will take place at Wembley and keen interest is currently placed on the matchup between England and Scotland on the 18th June at Wembley; it promises to be very interesting.
Wimbledon - 28th June to 11th July 2021
This great British sporting event brings together a lot of fans who cheer on their favorite tennis champions. With the event cancelled in 2020, it is currently shaping up to be a real contest as Andy Murray seeks to win some more silverware. Champions Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep, (who both got infected with Covid-19 in 2020), will hope to be in fine mettle again to defend their crowns after their respective battles with the pandemic. The organizers are prepared to let fans be a part of the event and put measures in place to ensure that the games go off without a hitch.
Tokyo Olympics - 23rd July to 8th August 2021
This another well patronized sporting event that had to be postponed to this year. According to words from Sebastian Coe - the current World Athletics president - the organizers have a “cast-iron will” to ensure that the event takes place. With medals to be won and history to be made, all athletes are preparing feverishly to make sure they perform at their best.
Champions League Final - 29th of May 2021
The day is almost upon us, and now that you know who the finalists are, it makes for excellent sporting entertainment. The all-English affair between Chelsea, the pride of London, and the Blue side of Manchester promises to be eventful with both sides being impressive in their run up to the finals by seeing off fan favorites Real Madrid and Paris Saint Germain, respectively. Again, wherever you may be, you simply cannot afford to miss this game!