From Tokyo Olympics to Euro 2020, the rescheduled events for next year

With so many of this year’s sporting events being postponed due to the coronavirus, 2021 could be the most lavish in sporting history – possibly with an Olympiad, European Championship, Lions Tour, Ryder Cup and Ashes Series.

Olympic Games & Paralympics

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics have been postponed to July 23, 2021 and will end on August 8, while the Paralympics will run from August 24 to September 5. Organizers have yet to make a decision on whether crowds will be allowed to attend.

The World Athletics Championships were originally scheduled for August 6-15 in Oregon. These have been pushed back to July 15-24, 2022 to avoid a collision with the rearranged Olympics.


Association football (August 2020 to May 2021)

The 2020-21 domestic football season is underway. The Champions League and the Europa League next year should also take place without major changes. The final of the Champions League will take place on June 29th.

European Championships (June 11th to July 11th)

Uefa have decided to postpone Euro 2020 until next summer, with the pan-European tournament now set to take place between June 11 and July 11. The semi-finals and finals will continue to be played at Wembley.


Club Rugby (September 2020 – June 2021)

Domestic and European rugby has restarted with teams currently completing the 2019-20 season. This year’s Premiership final takes place on October 24th. The 2020/21 Premiership season kicks off the weekend of November 20-22, with the final taking place on June 26, just days before the start of the Lions Tour.

The 2020-21 Champions Cup will restart on September 19 in the quarter-finals. The final is for the weekend of 16/17/18. scheduled for October. The venue for this final has not yet been confirmed. The competition then begins on December 11th and 12th. (in a completely new format), with the final scheduled for 21/22. May in Marseille is scheduled. The final was originally scheduled for Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but that venue will now host the 2022 final instead.

Six Nations (February 6 – March 20)

This year’s tournament will conclude on the weekends of October 24th and October 31st. Next year’s Six Nations is scheduled to take place between February 6th and March 20th.

Lions Tour to South Africa (July 3rd to August 7th)

The Lions Tour of South Africa is slated for next summer, albeit in an abbreviated format with eight games, only two of which will be midweek, in just five weeks.

Autumn Internationals (November-December)

It should continue as usual, the game pairings will be announced.


Test series India vs. England (January/February)

England were due to embark on a five-Test tour to India in late winter 2021. This could be reduced to three Tests, expected to start at the end of January, to fit into an originally planned one-day series, also against India, for September and October 2020. The two-Test series in Sri Lanka, which was canceled in March, could also be for the beginning be made up for in 2021.

Crickets (April – September)

The district season next year should continue as normal. This year’s competition has been shortened (finals begin September 23 at Lord’s). The launch of the Hundred has been postponed to summer 2021.

World Test Championship Finals (June 10-14)

The inaugural biennial edition of the World Test Championship will culminate next year with a finale at Lord’s scheduled for mid-June.

Test series England vs. India (Summer 2021)

In addition to a string of limited tours and series next year (including South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), England’s big Test engagement is a return series against India. The dates will be announced later.

World T20 (October-November)

This year’s World T20 in Australia has been cancelled. The next scheduled edition of the tournament will be held in India next fall.

The ash

England head down under on the 2021-22 Ashes tour from November.


Ryder Cup & Solheim Cup

The scramble to reorder this year’s majors means the 2020 Ryder Cup, originally scheduled for September 25-28, has been pushed back to September 21-26, 2021 in Whistling Straits, Wisconsin. The Solheim Cup 2021 will take place from August 31st to September 6th.

Tennis, Formula 1, cycling etc

After the disruption caused this year, sports organizers with established annual calendars are expected to return to normal dates for 2022. From Tokyo Olympics to Euro 2020, the rescheduled events for next year

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