Five sports events to watch for the second half of the year
Summer is the season of al fresco beers, parties and sports. Some of the most popular sports in the world are played in the warmer months, including the Fifa World Cup. That said, 2022’s competition is happening later, with the quadrennial football fest held in autumn. No doubt that won’t make any difference at all to the crowds watching – here see after the end of the UEFA what are the upcoming events in football – but here are a few more options for events to follow in the coming months.
The world’s most famous tennis tournament this year celebrates the centennial birthday of its centre court. The 2022 event will see the likes of Novak Djokovic, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Rafael Nadal battling for the title. It’s a bit of a strange instalment, due to the controversial ban of all Russian players (including current world number one Daniil Medvedev) and the defection of one the tournament favourites Matteo Berrettini, who tested positive to Covid-19 on day one. Djokovic, who hasn’t lost a match in SW19 in four years, is projected to lift the trophy for a 17th time but there’s enough competition to give him a run for his money.
Tour de France
France’s famous annual cycling race kicks off this July and there’s plenty of speculation about who will be wearing those coveted jerseys. Riders at the event have the chance to symbolise their success along the way by wearing jerseys of different colours: the familiar yellow jersey rewards the cyclist leading the overall race at the end of each stage; the spotted version goes to the leader of the climber classification (also known as King of the Mountains); green is for points classification winners in the sprints stages (the most points awarded to those who cross the finishing line in the top 25); finally, white jerseys are for riders aged 25 who record the lowest overall time in the race. This year Tadej Pogacar is a likely winner, with Jonas Vingegaard coming up second and Primož Roglic close behind.
Silverstone F1 Grand Prix
The annual British Grand Prix formula one racing event is held at the Silverstone Circuit near the village of Silverstone in Northamptonshire. This world championship event has been running since its inauguration in 1950, hosting petrolhead celebrities from Lewis Hamilton to Michael Schumacher. Ferrari are historically big winners, but are expected to be bested by hot pick Mercedes for 2022. Germany, France and Great Britain are good bets for the top three teams, with Max Verstappen (Red Bull) likely to hold onto his winning streak, all being well.
Cricket 2022 Asia Cup
The 15th edition of the Asia Cup is set to begin at the end of August in Sri Lanka. The competition was originally scheduled to be held in September 2020, postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, rescheduled to take place in June 2021, before finally being moved to late summer of this year. The top five Asian cricketing nations (India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan) are automatic qualifiers, and Hong Kong, Kuwait, Singapore and the UAE will compete for a place in the cup. India are strong contenders, having won the most tournaments since the cup’s inauguration, with Pakistan likely to be their challengers.
Fifa World Cup 2022
And finally, the quadrennial football event that’s happening this later this year due to the host country’s extreme temperatures in earlier months. Qatar are home for the tournament in 2022, as well as being the only team making their debut in the FIFA World Cup (becoming the first hosts to make their tournament debut since Italy in 1934). Brazil are the clear favourite to win the finals – boasting a number of ranked players – having breezed through their qualifiers, with Argentina also a hot tip for a place on the podium.
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