After coronavirus: Sport set for hectic year approaching 2021

By Frank KeoghBBC Sport
Dina Asher-Smith, Cristiano Ronaldo and Tiger Woods are just some of the potential stars in 2021
Dina Asher-Smith, Cristiano Ronaldo and Tiger Woods are just some of the potential stars in 2021

Sport - described as the most important of the unimportant things.

While it may seem a long way off or irrelevant right now, later this year we could be gearing up for a thrilling 12 months of action.

After rescheduling prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, the postponed Euros, Olympics and Paralympics will all be squeezed into the 2021 calendar.

Here we run down what you can (hopefully) look forward to when the crisis subsides, but first the short-term...


A final decision on dates has yet to be taken on the following events, although several are in doubt.

4 June: England v West Indies, cricket Test series

5-6 June: Horse racing - The Derby meeting, Epsom

16-20 June: Horse racing - Royal Ascot

18-21 June: Golf - US Open, New York

20 June: Boxing - Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

27 June to 19 July: Cycling - Tour de France

4-5 July: Athletics - Anniversary Games, London

16-19 July: Golf - The Open at Royal St George's

17 July to 15 August: Cricket - The Hundred

19 July: Formula 1 - British Grand Prix at Silverstone

30 July: Cricket: England v Pakistan Test series

8 August: Scheduled start of football's 2020-21 league campaign in England.

25-30 August: European Athletics Championships, Paris


July or August: World Snooker Championship

TBC Football - Final eight to nine postponed matches of 2019-20 Premier League season and FA Cup

TBC Football - Champions League and Europa League "suspended until further notice", all international matches in June postponed

TBC: Golf - US PGA Championship, San Francisco

What next?

When sport is able to resume, the calendar could be a mix of rescheduled and established events, with a packed autumn schedule and busy 2021 making for a potentially hectic 12 months from September onwards...

20 September to 4 October: Tennis - French Open

25-27 September: Golf - Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin

4 October: London Marathon

10 October: Rugby League - Scheduled end of Super League season

18 October to 15 November: Cricket - Men's Twenty20 World Cup in Australia

TBC: Rugby union- Final Six Nations matches

TBC: Boxing - Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder

15-22 November: Tennis - ATP Finals, London

7 November: Rugby Union - England v New Zealand at Twickenham

29 November - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Last scheduled F1 race of 2020


So what is happening with the biggest events?

EURO 2020 (Postponed)

Original dates: 12 June to 12 July

New dates: 11 June to 11 July, 2021

While it has yet to be decided whether Euro 2020 will actually be known as Euro 2021, the tournament - staged at 12 venues across Europe with semi-finals and finals at London's Wembley Stadium - has been put back a year.

In addition, all international football in June, including Euro 2020 qualifiers, has been postponed.

The Women's European Championship - set to be held in England in 2021 - will be moved to the summer of 2022.

Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin has said the 2019-20 season could be lost, although the Premier League is keen to complete the campaign.

Premier League stars urge fans to stay at home to fight Covid-19


Original dates: Olympics - 24 July to 9 August; Paralympics - 25 August to 6 September, 2020

New dates: Olympics - 23 July to 8 August; Paralympics - 24 August to 5 September, 2021

The Olympics and Paralympics will still be branded as Tokyo 2020 despite taking place in 2021.

It is expected that the World Athletics Championships, which would have overlapped with the rearranged Olympics on its original dates of 6-15 August 2021, will now take place in 2022.



Season dates: 13 March to 27 November. First eight races postponed.

F1 chairman Chase Carey has said that he hoped to start a revamped season of 15-18 races some time in the summer, and emphasised that all races could move from their original dates.

The Canadian Grand Prix on 14 June is the first on the original schedule not yet postponed in a season in which British driver Lewis Hamilton is seeking to equal Michael Schumacher's record of seven F1 championships.

Formula E is suspended for two months, affecting races in Paris, Seoul and Jakarta.


Original dates: 1 February to 15 March

All matches in the final round of the men's and women's Six Nations have been postponed and new dates have yet to be announced.

Men: Italy v Ireland, Wales v Scotland, Italy v England, France v Ireland still to play.

England lead the men's standings with the final round of matches still to be played

Women: Italy v Scotland, Ireland v Italy, Scotland v France; Wales v Scotland, France v Ireland, Italy v England still to play.

Six Nations table

The rescheduled Olympics will be happening around the same time as the three British and Irish Lions Test matches in South Africa, although the games are understood to be 6pm kick offs local time (17:00 BST), which is 1am in Tokyo.

Domestically in Europe, the Pro 14 has been indefinitely put on hold with the final in Cardiff cancelled, and while the Premiership will surely have to be suspended beyond its original date of 20 April, league bosses are still determined to finish the season if possible.

HORSE RACING - Grand National (Cancelled)

Original date: 4 April, 2020

Next date: 10 April, 2021

All racing in the UK has been postponed until the end of April, and a working group is preparing the sport to be ready - if possible - for action from 1 May.

Any return would probably be limited Flat racing without spectators to begin with.

GOLF - The Masters (Postponed)

Original dates: 9-12 April, 2020

New dates: TBC

Tiger Woods was due to defend his title from 9 April at Augusta National in Georgia but the first men's major championship of the year could now take place in October.external-link

BOXING - Fury and Joshua

Dates: 20 June Joshua v Pulev; TBC - Fury v Wilder

Britain's world heavyweight champions Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury are waiting to hear when they will fight next.

Joshua is down to defend his IBF, WBA and WBO belts against Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev at Tottenham's stadium on 20 June, although Spurs have yet to hear if and when they will play their remaining three Premier League home matches.

The WBC champion Fury could fight American Deontay Wilder for a third time in October after their planned bout on 18 July was postponed, according to promoter Frank Warren.

Joseph Parker and Tyson Fury dance along to Build Me Up Buttercup


Dates: 29 June to 12 July, 2020

The All England Club has cancelled Wimbledon for the first time since the Second World War.

RUGBY LEAGUE (Postponed)

Dates: Super League - 30 January to 10 October, 2020

Super League has been suspended since 16 March and some clubs think there should be no relegation.

CYCLING - TOUR DE FRANCE (No spectators?)

Dates: 27 June to 9 July

The Tour de France is considering the option of going ahead without fans.

The Giro d'Italia - set for 9-31 May - has been postponed, while a decision is still to be made on the final Grand Tour of the year, the Vuelta a Espana, which is due to start on 14 August.