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  • Sport in 2016 ~ A Guide to Upcoming Events

    Need some help in figuring out what’s going on in the sporting world? DESIblitz has assembled the complete guide to sport in 2016, so you won’t miss out on any of this year’s action.

    Sport in 2016 ~ A Guide to Upcoming Events

    Prepare for many late nights keen sports fans

    2016 is filled with exciting entertainment, with major sporting events to look forward to.

    Sport in 2016 welcomes back all the usual annual tournaments.

    But Euro 2016 and Rio 2016 will also be taking place this year.

    This means your sporting consumption will be at full capacity in the coming summer months.

    Prepare for many late nights keen sports fans, and have a read through what you can expect from sport in 2016.

    January

    • 2nd-10th: Darts ~ BDO World Championships, Lakeside
    • 4th-10th: Tennis ~ 2016 Aircel Chennai Open
    • 5th-6th: Football ~ League Cup Semi-Finals
    • 8th-10th: Football ~ FA Cup third round
    • 10th-17th: Snooker ~ Masters, Alexandra Palace
    • 12th-31st: Cricket ~ India Tour of Australia (5 One day and 3 T20 matches)
    • 14th-18th: Cricket ~ South Africa v England third Test, Johannesburg
    • 15th-16th: Wrestling ~ WWE Live Promotional Event in Delhi
    • 16th-7th Feb: Football ~ African Nations Championships, Rwanda
    • 18th-31st: Tennis ~ Australian Open, Melbourne
    • 22nd-26th: Cricket ~ South Africa v England fourth Test, Centurion
    • 26th-27th: Football ~ League Cup semi-finals
    • 30th-31st: Football ~ FA Cup fourth round

    Sport in 2016 ~ A Guide to Upcoming Events

    February

    • 2nd-21st: Cricket ~ England women in South Africa
    • 3rd: Cricket ~ South Africa v England first one-day international, Bloemfontein
    • 5th-16th: Multi-Sport ~ 2016 South Asian Games in Guwahati and Shillong
    • 6th: Cricket ~ South Africa v England second one-day international, Port Elizabeth
    • 6th: Rugby Union ~ Six Nations starts, France v Italy and Scotland v England
    • 7th: Rugby Union ~ Six Nations, Ireland v Wales
    • 7th: American Football ~ Super Bowl 50, San Francisco
    • 9th: Cricket ~ South Africa v England third one-day international, Centurion
    • 12th-21st: Winter Youth Olympics ~ Lillehammer, Norway
    • 12th: Cricket ~ South Africa v England fourth one-day international, Johannesburg
    • 13th: Rugby Union ~ Six Nations, France v Ireland and Wales v Scotland
    • 14th: Cricket ~ South Africa v England fifth one-day international, Cape Town
    • 14th: Rugby Union ~ Six Nations, Italy v England
    • 16th-17th: Football ~ Champions League round of 16 (first leg)
    • 18th: Football ~ Europa League round of 32 (first leg)
    • 19th: Cricket ~ South Africa v England first Twenty20 international, Cape Town
    • 20th: Athletics ~ Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix
    • 20th-21st: Football ~ FA Cup fifth round
    • 21st- 21st Feb: Hockey ~ 2016 Hockey India League
    • 21th: Cricket ~ South Africa v England second Twenty20 international, Johannesburg
    • 23rd-24th: Football ~ Champions League round of 16 (first leg)
    • 25th: Football ~ Europa League round of 32 (second leg)
    • 26th: Rugby Union ~ Six Nations, Wales v France
    • 27th: Rugby Union ~ Six Nations, Italy v Scotland, England v Ireland
    • 28th: Football ~ League Cup final, Wembley

    Sport in 2016 ~ A Guide to Upcoming Events

    March

    • 1st-4th: Formula 1 ~ Winter testing, Barcelona
    • 2nd-6th: Cycling ~ World Track Cycling Championships, London
    • 4th-6th: Tennis ~ Davis Cup first round, GB v Japan
    • 6th-24th March: Cricket ~ 2016 Asia Cup, Bangladesh
    • 8th-9th: Football ~ Champions League round of 16 (second leg)
    • 8th-13th: Badminton ~ All England Championships, Birmingham
    • 10th: Football ~ Europa League round of 16 (first leg)
    • 11th-3rd April: Cricket ~ ICC World Twenty20, India
    • 12th: Rugby Union – Six Nations, Ireland v Italy, England v Wales
    • 12th: Football ~ FA Cup sixth round
    • 13th: Rugby Union ~ Six Nations, Scotland v France
    • 15th-16th: Football ~ Champions League round of 16 (second leg)
    • 15th-18th: Formula 1 ~ Winter testing, Barcelona
    • 15th-18th: Horse Racing ~ Cheltenham Festival
    • 17th: Football ~ Europa League round of 16 (second leg)
    • 17th-20th: Athletics ~ World Indoor Athletics, Portland, USA
    • 18th-20th: Formula 1 ~ Opening race of the season, Australian GP, Melbourne
    • 19th: Rugby Union ~ Six Nations final round, Wales v Italy, Ireland v Scotland, France v England
    • 24th: Football ~ India vs Iran
    • 26th: Football ~ Germany v England (International Friendly)
    • 27th: Rowing ~ the Boat Races, London
    • 29th: Badminton ~ YonexSunrise  Open, India
    • 29th: Football ~ India vs Turkmenistan
    • 30th–March: Kabaddi ~ Pro Kabaddi League Season 3

    Sport in 2016 ~ A Guide to Upcoming Events

    April

    • 1st-3rd: Formula 1 ~ Bahrain Grand Prix, Sakhir
    • 5th-6th: Football ~ Champions League quarter-finals (first leg)
    • 7th: Football ~ Europa League quarter-finals (first leg)
    • 7th-10th: Golf ~ The Masters, Augusta
    • 8th-10th: Rugby Union ~ European Champions Cup quarter-finals
    • 9th: Horse Racing ~ Grand National, Aintree
    • 12th-13th: Football ~ Champions League quarter-finals (second leg)
    • 12th-17th: Swimming ~ British Olympic Trials, Glasgow
    • 14th: Football ~ Europa League quarter-finals (second leg)
    • 15th-17th: Formula 1 ~ Chinese Grand Prix, Shanghai
    • 16th-2nd May: Snooker ~ World Championship
    • 18th: Boston Marathon
    • 22nd-24th: Rugby Union ~ European Champions Cup semi-finals
    • 23rd-24th: Football ~ FA Cup semi-finals, Wembley
    • 24th: Athletics ~ London Marathon
    • 26th-27th: Football ~ Champions League semi-finals (first leg)
    • 28th: Football ~ Europa League semi-finals (first leg)
    • 29th-1st May: Formula 1 ~ Russian GP, Sochi

    May

    • 3rd-4th: Football – Champions League semi-finals (second leg)
    • 4th-8th: Equestrian – Badminton Horse Trials
    • 5th: Football – Europa League semi-finals (second leg)
    • 6th-8th: Rowing – European Championships, Brandenburg, Germany
    • 6th-22nd: Ice Hockey – IIHF World Championships – Moscow, Russia
    • 6th-29th: Cycling – Giro d’Italia
    • 7th: Horse Racing – Kentucky Derby
    • 7th-8th: Football League season ends
    • 8th-12th: Invictus Games – Orlando, Florida, USA
    • 8th-21st: – Cricket – Indian Premier League
    • 9th-22nd: European Aquatics Championships, London
    • 12th-20th: Football League play-off semi-finals
    • 13th-15th: Formula 1 – Spanish GP, Barcelona
    • 13th: Rugby Union – European Champions Cup Final, Lyon
    • 15th: Football – Premier League season ends
    • 18th: Football – Europa League final, Basel, Switzerland
    • 19th-23rd: Cricket – England v Sri Lanka, first Test, Headingley
    • 20th-22nd: Rugby Union – World Rugby Sevens Series, London
    • 21st: Football – FA Cup final, Wembley
    • 22th-15th June: Tennis – French Open, Roland Garros
    • 22nd-29th: Modern Pentathlon – World Championships, Moscow
    • 25th-29th: Gymnastics – Men’s European Championships, Bern, Switzerland
    • 27th-31st: Cricket – England v Sri Lanka, second Test, Chester-le-Street
    • 28th: Football – Champions League final, Milan
    • 28th: Rugby Union – Premiership final, Twickenham
    • 29th: Rugby Union – England v Wales
    • 28th-30th: Football League play-off finals, Wembley
    • 26th, 28th-29th: Formula 1 – Monaco GP, Monte Carlo

    June

    • 1st-5th: Gymnastics – Women’s European Championships, Bern, Switzerland
    • 3rd-26th: Football – Copa America, USA
    • 4th: Athletics – Diamond League, Birmingham
    • 4th: Horse Racing – Derby Day, Epsom
    • 4th-12th: Hockey – Men’s Champions Trophy, Argentina
    • 9th-13th: Cricket – England v Sri Lanka, third Test, Lord’s
    • 10th-10th July: Football – Euro 2016, France
    • 11th: Rugby Union – Summer series – Australia v England, New Zealand v Wales, South Africa v Ireland, Japan v Scotland
    • 11th-12th: Triathlon – World Triathlon Series, Leeds
    • 10th-12th: Formula 1 – Canadian GP, Montreal
    • 13th-19th: Tennis – Queen’s Club, London
    • 15th-19th: Horse Racing – Royal Ascot
    • 16th-19th: Golf – US Open, Oakmont CC, Pennsylvania
    • 17th-19th: Formula 1 – Azerbaijan GP, Baku
    • 18th: Rugby Union – Australia v England, New Zealand v Wales, South Africa v Ireland, Japan v Scotland
    • 18th-26th: Hockey – Women’s Champions Trophy, London
    • 24th-26th: Athletics, British Athletics Championships, Birmingham
    • 25th: Rugby Union – Australia v England, New Zealand v Wales, South Africa v Ireland
    • 27th-10 July: Tennis – Wimbledon
    • TBD: Ice Hockey – Stanley Cup Final
    • TBD: Basketball – NBA Finals

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    July

    • 1st-3rd: Formula 1 ~ Austrian GP, Spielberg
    • 2nd-24th: Cycling ~ Tour de France
    • 6th-10th: Athletics ~ European Athletics Championships, Amsterdam
    • 8th-10th: Formula 1 ~ British GP, Silverstone
    • 10th: Football ~ Euro 2016 final, Paris
    • 12th-25th: Multi-Sport ~ European University Games – Zagreb – Rijeka, Croatia
    • 14th-17th: Golf ~ Open Championship, Troon
    • 14th-18th: Cricket ~ England v Pakistan, first Test, Lord’s
    • 15th-17th: Tennis ~ Davis Cup quarter-finals
    • 22nd-24th: Formula 1 ~ Hungarian GP, Budapest
    • 22nd-24th: Athletics ~ London Anniversary Games, Olympic Stadium
    • 22nd-26th: Cricket ~ England v Pakistan, second Test, Old Trafford
    • 28th-31st: Golf ~ US PGA Championship, New Jersey
    • 28th-31st: Golf ~ Women’s British Open, Woburn
    • 29th-31th: Formula 1 ~ German GP, Hockenheim

    August

    • 3rd-7th: Cricket ~ England v Pakistan, third Test, Edgbaston
    • 5th-21st: Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    • 11th-15th: Cricket ~ England v Pakistan, fourth Test, The Oval
    • 20th: Cricket ~ T20 Blast Finals Day, Edgbaston
    • 21st-28th: Rowing ~ World Rowing Championships, Rotterdam
    • 26th-28th: Formula 1 ~ Belgian GP, Spa-Francorchamps
    • 27th: Rugby League ~ Challenge Cup final, Wembley
    • 29th-11th Sep: Tennis ~ US Open, New York

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    September

    • 2nd-4th: Formula 1 ~ Italian GP, Monza
    • 4th: Football ~ World Cup Qualifying begins
    • 7th-18th: Paralympic Games ~ Rio de Janeiro
    • 9th: Athletics ~ Final Diamond League meeting of the season, Brussels
    • 11th: Athletics ~ Great North Run, Gateshead
    • 16th-18th: Tennis ~ Davis Cup semi-finals
    • 16th-18th: Formula 1 ~ Singapore GP, Singapore
    • 17th: Cricket ~ One-Day Cup final, Lord’s
    • 20th: Cricket ~ County Championship final day
    • 22nd-3rd Oct: Women’s Baseball World Cup ~ Busan, South Korea
    • 24th-3rd Oct: Multi-Sport ~ Asian Beach Games – Nha Trang, Vietnam
    • 30th-2nd Oct: Formula 1 ~ Malaysian GP, Kuala Lumpur
    • 30th-2nd Oct: Golf ~ Ryder Cup, Minnesota, US

    October

    • 1st: Australian Football League ~ Grand Final – Melbourne, Australia
    • 7th-9th: Formula 1 ~ Japanese GP, Suzuka
    • 9th-16th: Cycling ~ Road World Cycling Championships, Doha
    • 21st-23rd: Formula 1 ~ USA GP, Austin
    • 28th-30th: Formula 1 ~ Mexican GP, Mexico City
    • TBD: Baseball ~ World Series
    • Oct–Dec: Football ~ Indian Super League Season 3

    November

    • 1st: Horse Racing ~ Melbourne Cup – Victoria, Australia
    • 5th: Rugby Union ~ Wales v Australia, Cardiff
    • 6th: Marathon ~ New York Marathon – New York, USA
    • 11th-13th: Formula 1 ~ Brazilian GP, Sao Paulo
    • 12th: Rugby Union ~ Wales v Argentina, England v South Africa, Ireland v Canada
    • 19th: Rugby Union ~ Wales v TBC, England v Fiji, Ireland v New Zealand
    • 26th: Rugby Union ~ Wales v South Africa, England v Argentina, Ireland v Australia
    • 14th-20th: Tennis ~ ATP World Tour Finals, London
    • 25th-27th: Tennis ~ Davis Cup Final
    • 25th-27th: Formula 1 ~ final race of the season, Abu Dhabi GP, Yas Marina

    December

    • 1st-11th: Hockey ~ 2016 Men’s Hockey Junior World Cup
    • 3rd: Rugby Union ~ England v Australia
    • 6th-11th: Swimming ~ World Short Course Championships, Windsor, Canada
    • 26th: Horse racing ~ King George VI Chase, Kempton

    It’s rather daunting when looking at the gargantuan amount of sport there is to consume in 2016; especially the summer of spectacles spanning from June to August.

    Although fans of all sports are well catered for, this is most certainly the year for the football and athletics lovers.

    Amo is a history graduate with a fondness for nerd culture, sport, video games, YouTube, podcasts and mosh pits: "Knowing is not enough, we must APPLY. Willing is not enough, we must DO."

    Images courtesy of UEFA.com Official Facebook, Rio 2016 Official Facebook, Phillipe Buissin, Davis Cup Official Facebook, Australian Grand Prix Official Facebook, and The Emirates FA Cup Official Facebook


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