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5 Must-See Sports Events This Summer

Updated: Jun 18, 2021

After all the cancellations caused by the chaos of the coronavirus, 2021 has brought with it high expectations and a promise to entertain. As things stand, here are some of the biggest events scheduled to happen this summer:

11th June to 11th July – Men’s Football: UEFA European Championship 2020

To celebrate its 60th birthday, 11 cities across the continent were selected to participate as hosts. These 11 cities consist of:

- Amsterdam (Netherlands)

- Baku (Azerbaijan)

- Bucharest (Romania)

- Budapest (Hungary)

- Copenhagen (Denmark)

- Glasgow (Scotland)

- London (England)

- Munich (Germany)

- Rome (Italy)

- Saint Petersburg (Russia)

- Seville (Spain)

Scotland is set to join England and Wales after beating Serbia in a penalty shootout. Wembley Stadium will stage both the semi-finals and the final. At this time, nine host countries have confirmed different spectator stadium capacities based on their projections on an improved health situation in their countries in June and July.

17th June – 20th June – US Open Championship

This year, the Championships will be based at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, California. At present, residents of California will have to show proof that they have been vaccinated at least 14 days before or that they have been tested negative for Covid in order to attend the US Open. This situation is vastly different to last year, where the event was played without spectators because of the pandemic.

28th June to 11th July – Wimbledon Championships

Wimbledon, as its most commonly referred to, is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, with its first tournament being 125 years ago in 1877. Chief Executive Sally Bolton has confirmed that they are currently operating at 25% capacity for spectators, based off the guidance provided by the Sports Grounds Safety Authority. However, they remain flexible in hopes of the upcoming easing of lockdown rules.

23rd July – 8th August – Tokyo Olympic Games

The decision to postpone the Tokyo Games last year was the first time these Games had been moved or delayed since the Second World War. Despite rising Covid numbers in the city, organisers of the Olympics are intent on going ahead with the preparations. Mark England, head of Team GB at this summer’s Olympics, has insisted that he has ‘more confidence by the day’ that this year the Games will go ahead.

24th August – 5th September – Tokyo Paralympic Games

Due to growing concerns by the Japanese public surrounding the already-present emergency measures that are in place in Japan to combat the growing spike, the organising committee has said they will ‘deploy all possible countermeasures and place the highest priority on safety’. Therefore, the majority of the 15,000 Olympic and Paralympic athletes (and staff including judges, officials, media and broadcasters) must record two negative saliva tests prior to entering Japan. Daily testing has now been implemented, as opposed to previously having to only test once every four days. In their joint statement, the organising committees stated that the decision regarding spectator capacity at both the Olympic and Paralympic Games will be made in June, to be in line with the government’s general guidance concerning the capacities in sporting events.

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