2021 sporting calendar: Euro 2020, Olympics and other big events to follow

Raheem Sterling, Ryan Christie, Gareth Bale
England, Scotland and Wales will all play at Euro 2020 this summer

After coronavirus played havoc with the 2020 sporting calendar, 2021 is rammed with big events to thrill and entertain.

Euro 2020, the Olympic and Paralympic Games, a Lions tour of South Africa, a Rugby League World Cup in England and cricket's inaugural Hundred tournament are just some of the many prospective highlights over the next 12 months.

We just need to hope that the world can successfully suppress the virus to enable sports fans to enjoy what should be an unforgettable year, whether watching from home or in stadiums.

The Euros start on 11 June and consist of 51 matches in 12 cities across Europe, with the highlight of the group stage coming on Friday, 18 June when England host Scotland at Wembley.

Wales, semi-finalists in 2016, have also qualified and are in the same group as former winners Italy.

The Wimbledon Championships make a welcome return on 28 June after being cancelled this year, with the men's final being played on 11 July, the same day as the Euro 2020 final at Wembley.

The following Sunday, Lewis Hamilton will seek to win a record-extending eighth British Formula 1 Grand Prix, golf's 149th Open reaches its conclusion at Royal St George's and Britain's new cycling star Tao Geoghegan Hart will hope to be crowned Tour de France champion.

Laura and Jason Kenny won five gold medals between them at Rio 2016
Cycling's golden couple Laura and Jason Kenny could overtake Sir Chris Hoy to become Britain's most successful Olympic athletes of all time

Just five days later Tokyo will stage the opening ceremony of the 32nd Olympic Games, where Great Britain's athletes will seek to improve on the 67 medals - and 27 golds - they won at Rio 2016.

While the Olympics are in full swing, rugby union's British and Irish Lions will stretch every sinew in their quest to beat world champions South Africa in a three-Test series for the first time since 1997.

The Paralympic Games get under way in Japan on 24 August with the British team seeking to build on their incredible success in Rio four years ago when they came home with 64 golds and 147 medals in total, as well as second place in the medal table.

Eoin Morgan celebrates a wicket
England's male cricketers have a busy schedule with Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India all touring this summer

And if that's not enough sport for you, cricket fans are also in for a year of outstanding drama and some intriguing firsts.

After England return from a four-Test series in India, there's the spills and thrills of the inaugural Hundred tournament, the first World Test Championship final at Lord's, one-day and T20 matches against Sri Lanka and Pakistan and finally a five-Test home series against India.

Then in the winter, Eoin Morgan's men travel to India looking to add the World T20 title to their 50-over triumph of 2019 before Joe Root's Test side start their bid to regain the Ashes down under.

Throw in two thrilling team golf events in the Solheim Cup and the Ryder Cup, the London Marathon, the women's Rugby World Cup in New Zealand and the Rugby League World Cup, and the non-stop sporting action continues throughout the autumn.

And that's before you factor in surely one of the biggest moments of the year when British boxing rivals Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury take to the ring to decide who is the true heavyweight champion of the world. There's just the small matter of agreeing terms first!

Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury
Joshua and Fury hold all four major heavyweight titles between them

Fifty big events in 2021

Dates and venues are subject to change, while some sports have yet to confirm fixtures for 2021. The BBC is not responsible for any changes to dates and fixtures that may be made.

14-26 January: Cricket - Sri Lanka v England two-Test series

5 Feb-8 March: Cricket - India v England four-Test series

6 Feb-20 March: Rugby Union - Six Nations opening weekend: England v Scotland; Italy v France - full tournament fixtures (women's fixtures not announced yet)

7 February: American Football - Super Bowl in Tampa, Florida

8-21 February: Tennis - Australian Open in Melbourne

16-19 March: Horse racing - Cheltenham Festival

Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc on the podium
Britain's Lewis Hamilton will seek a record eighth Formula 1 world title in 2021

24-25 March: Football - World Cup qualifying starts: Belgium v Wales (24th); England v San Marino; Scotland v Israel; Italy v Northern Ireland (25th) - groups and key dates

28 March: Formula 1 season starts - Bahrain Grand Prix, Sakhir - revised season calendar

8-11 April: Golf - Masters at Augusta National

10 April: Horse racing - Grand National at Aintree

17 April-3 May: Snooker - World Championship at the Crucible Theatre

25 April: Football - League Cup final at Wembley

8 May: Football - Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park

10-23 May: Aquatics - European Championships in Budapest, Hungary

Aubameyang kisses FA Cup trophy
Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored both goals in the 2020 FA Cup final as the Gunners came from behind to beat Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley

15 May: Football - FA Cup final at Wembley

16 May: Football - Women's Champions League final in Gothenburg

22 May: Football - Women's FA Cup final at Wembley

22 May: Rugby Union - European Champions Cup final in Marseille

23 May: Formula 1 - Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo

23 May-6 June: Tennis - French Open in Paris

26 May: Football - Europa League final in Gdansk

29 May: Football - Champions League final in Istanbul

Serbia v Scotland
Scotland will play in a major men's tournament for the first time since 1998 after winning a dramatic penalty shootout to qualify

11 June-11 July: Football - Euro 2020 in various countries (final at Wembley) - tournament guide

26 Jun-18 July: Cycling - Tour de France

28 June-11 July: Tennis - Wimbledon

29 June, 1 & 4 July: Cricket - England v Sri Lanka ODIs

8, 10 & 13 July: Cricket - England v Pakistan ODIs

13: Athletics - Diamond League: Anniversary Games at London Stadium

Dina Asher-Smith
World champion Dina Asher-Smith will hope to add Olympic 200m gold to her collection

15-18 July: Golf - The Open at Royal St George's

16, 18 & 20 July: Cricket - England v Pakistan T20s

17 July: Rugby League - Challenge Cup final at Wembley

18 July: Formula 1 - British Grand Prix at Silverstone

23 July-8 Aug: Olympic Games in Tokyo

TBC Jul-Aug: Cricket - The Hundred*

24, 31 July & 7 Aug: Rugby Union - South Africa v British and Irish Lions Test series

4 Aug-14 Sept: Cricket - England v India five Test series - full tour schedule

19-22 August: Golf - Women's British Open at Carnoustie

Kare Adenegan and Hannah Cockroft
Britain's Kare Adenegan and Hannah Cockroft hope to be celebrating medal success in Tokyo at the Paralympic Games

24 Aug-5 Sept: Paralympic Games in Tokyo

30 Aug-12 Sept: Tennis - US Open in New York

4-6 September: Golf - Solheim Cup in Toledo, Ohio

18 Sept-16 Oct: Rugby Union - Women's Rugby World Cup in New Zealand* - England to face France

24-26 Sept: Golf - Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin

27 Sept-1 Oct: Cricket - Bob Willis Trophy final at Lord's

3 October: Athletics - London Marathon

9 October: Rugby League - Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford

Oct-Nov: Cricket - Men's T20 World Cup in India*

Australia team celebrate
Australia will seek to retain the Rugby League World Cup in the autumn

23 Oct-27 Nov: Rugby League - World Cup in England (men's, women's and wheelchair tournaments) - England face Samoa in tournament opener

6, 13 & 20 November: Rugby Union - autumn internationals

15-16 November: Football - World Cup qualifying final group games: San Marino v England; Northern Ireland v Italy; Scotland v Denmark (15th); Wales v Belgium (16th)

Nov-Jan: Cricket - Australia v England five-Test Ashes series*

* = exact dates yet to be confirmed

Sport-by-sport calendars

For more details of next year's fixtures, visit the specific sport page on the BBC Sport website.

Football; Cricket; Formula 1; Rugby Union; Tennis; Golf; Rugby League; Horse Racing; Boxing; Cycling; Athletics; Disability sport; Snooker

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