One of the very best things about a New Year is getting excited for all the events you have to look forward to – and 2018 is set to be an exciting year for sports fans! Whether you’ve been counting down the days to the World Cup, or you prefer your sporting events in the comfort of air conditioning at the World Series of Poker, 2018 has some excellent sporting fixtures in store. Today, we’re running through five of the best…
1 – Winter Olympics: South Korea
Kicking off proceedings we have the Winter Olympics which starts off on the 9th February in the South Korean city of Pyeongchang. The city has drawn criticism for its £44.1 million main stadium lacking a roof, causing concern that spectators may be unable to brave freezing temperatures. While the amount of people in the audience remains to be seen, the tournament is welcoming its fair share of the popular underdogs that characterise the Winter Games – most notably, the Nigerian women’s bobsleigh team. Team GB are tipped to top the medal table, with 10-12 realistic prospects across the various events.
2 – Commonwealth Games: Athletics
When April rolls around, sportsfans will be looking to Australia’s Gold Coast,which is hosting the Commonwealth Games. 70 nations will be flocking to the East Coast to compete in athletics, cycling, basketball, boxing, diving, gymnastics, swimming, weight lifting and many more. This will be the first time that beach volleyball and Rugby Sevens are included in the roster of events. Favourites to top the medals table are the UK and host nation, Australia.
3- World Series of Poker: USA
From May 29th to July 17th, poker players and fans from all corners of the world will be congregating on Las Vegas’s infamous strip to take part in the sports most prestigious and long-running event. In 2017, 7,221 players shelled out the $10,000 entry fee to be in for the chance of winning their share of the $68 million prize money. Partnering with PokerGo and ESPN, the 2018 WSOP is expected to be even bigger and better.
4– Football World Cup: Russia
For one month from the 14th June to the 15th July, the eyes of the world will be focused on Russia for the Football World Cup. While the tournament has been plagued with allegations of corruption, human rights violations, fan violence and doping, Vladimir Putin insists that the tournament will be a fun affair: “We will bring closer the big and friendly football family – the family that values sports, friendship and fair competition.” Let’s hope he’s right! This year, we’ll see Iceland make their World Cup debut, while Germany and Brazil remain firm favourites to take home the coveted trophy.
5 –Tour de France: France
We can’t mention sporting tournaments and not mention the world’s most famous road race. British champion and last year’s winner, Chris Froome, will be hoping to clear his name after a failed drugs test in late 2017. Is he a match for Adam Yates – another British competitor who secured the jersey for the ‘Best Young Rider’ in 2016? The Tour de France course looks just as challenging as previous years, with stage nine from Arras to Roubaix looking the trickiest due to the cobbled roads.