2022 is a sport filled year. From the World Cup to the Olympics, the sport offerings across the year provide enough entertainment to keep us all glued to our television screens. Live sports pubs are already accepting books for these major sports events. For sport fans across the globe, here are the highlights to keep an eye out for.
January’s busy schedule kicks off the year. Half way through the European Soccer leagues, the African soccer stars return home to take part in the Africa Cup of Nations, held in Cameroon. This is a biennial competition that features a host of African nations competing against each other. Favourites include Algeria, Nigeria, Senegal, Morocco and Egypt. Tennis features the Australian Open, held in Melbourne, whilst winter sports fanatics will look to the 26th Winter X Games hosted in Aspen Colorado to see Skiing and Snowboarding.
Whilst January features an introduction to winter sports at the X Games, February holds all the aces. The Winter Olympics are to be held in Beijing, becoming the first city to host both the Winter and the Summer games. The Winter Olympics features many disciplines across 15 sports and is the pinnacle of modern winter sporting achievement. Close to 3,000 athletes attend these games and the level of competition amongst the medals will be fierce. Meanwhile, in the UK, the six nations kick off whilst in America Super Bowl LVI will be hosted in Inglewood, California. This is the eighth Super Bowl held in the Greater Los Angeles are and the first in Inglewood.
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Following the Winter Olympics in February, the Winter Paralympics kicks off on March 4th. This event features six disability groups: amputee, cerebral palsy, visual impairment, spinal cord injuries, intellectual disability and “les autres” (whose disability does not fit into the other categories). These games are a fantastic demonstration of disabled athletic ability and will serve as a reminder of the impressive feats of sporting achievement in all Paralympic sports.
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For golf fans, April will have been a month marked in the diary since last April. This month features the mighty Masters, held in Augusta Georgia. The Masters is one the four major championships in professional golf and will see Hideki Mastuyama attempting to defend his Championship. The Masters features a small field of players owing to its invitational status. Additionally April sees the return of the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield, England.
May begins with the return of the Kentucky Derby, a fiercely competitive point to point horse race held in Louisville Kentucky. The race is one and quarter miles and is known as the “Run for the Roses” as the winner is draped in a blanket of roses. It has also been referred to as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports”. May features the PGA Championship. An event usually held in August, but since 2019 has featured in May. This is the second Major Championship of the year in the golfing world. Elsewhere the French Open begins whilst the Champions League Final takes place in St. Petersburg. May finishes with a bang and sees the Indianapolis 500 take place on the 29th.
June sees more golf, this time at the US open. In 2022 this will take place in Brookline Massachusetts, making a return to the East Coast after being held in San Diego in 2021. This is the third major championship of the year. In 2021 the prize fund for this event was 12.5 Million Dollars. June also has the NBA finals, the Stanley Cup finals and the opening of the Wimbledon tennis championships.
Extreme sports fans will watch the return of the Summer X Games, featuring Moto Cross, Skateboarding and BMX. Meanwhile the Tour de France, the planet’s premier cycling event, starts on July 1st. Other sporting occasions in July include the British Open, hosted in St Andrews Scotland, the IAAF athletics world Championship and the Commonwealth Games. For those with an eye for the peculiar, the World Police and Fire Games takes place in Rotterdam, Holland. This event has been postponed from 2021.
August in 2022 is a quiet month for sport. The Premier League and most of Europe’s top soccer leagues begin their seasons and the World Volleyball championships take place in Russia. August does see the beginning of the tennis US Open hosted in New York.
The US Open, beginning in August continues into mid-September whilst Rowing and Cycling have their respective World Championships. The Australian Football League, also known as Aussie Rules hosts its own Grand Final on September the 24th. The Rugby Sevens World Cup, one of the newest sports added to the Olympic Roster takes place in Cape Town, South Africa. Nations across the globe will be hoping for glory in the African sunshine. The month comes to a close seeing Europe and the USA going head to head in the Ryder Cup. The USA are current champions and will face a real challenge from the Europeans on home soil. The Ryder Cup will be hosted at the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome, Italy.
October means two things in the USA, Halloween and the World Series. 2022 will be no different as current Series champions, the Atlanta Braves look to hold onto their crown. The Braves look to add an eleventh series championship to their trophy cabinet whilst competition from across the league will be fierce. October however also sees the Rugby League World Cup, delayed from 2021, hosted in England. Rugby League is Union’s little brother and for once this minor sport will take centre stage. Current champions Australia are also record holders for most titles on eleven but will face steep competition from the other sixteen qualified teams. Elsewhere the NBA season begins.
November and December
November and December feature very few sporting events. Leagues play throughout the month in Basketball, Football and Soccer and plenty of sport is available. However, the only standout event of these two months is the 2022 Qatar World Cup. It is the most viewed sporting event in the World. Played once every four years, this event hosts teams from every inch of the globe. 209 teams took part in the World Cup Qualifiers and 765 matches have been played so far to earn a place as one of the 32 teams in the finals. This gargantuan sporting event is not without controversy; Qatar, it’s host, has faced numerous human rights violation allegations, whilst, all games must be played at night and have air conditioned stadiums to cope with the sweltering heat.
2022 looks to be a fantastic year for sport across the globe. Whatever your predisposition, there is an event for you; from Cycling to Rowing and from Extreme Sports to Golf. Sport transcends all boundaries and connects human beings like nothing else. So put your feet up, your television on and enjoy the game.