While some sport events, like club Football , simply continues out of 2015 and into 2016, there are loads of new events and competitions to look forward to as we head into the new year.
A new year will provide certain teams and sport personalities with a platform to improve on what they did in 2015 and there are a couple of events that I am really looking forward to in 2016.
Naturally, there are countless sport events taking place, and it would be near impossible to list them all here. I’ve picked out some of the events that I am looking forward to most, and you can tell me in the comment section which events will be your favourite.
The Tennis Grand Slams
Grand Slam Tennis is always a highlight for me. This year I have DSTV again which means I’ll be able to keep a closer eye on the action and cannot wait to see how it unfolds.
Personally I’m hoping for a strong comeback from Rafael Nadal who’s been struggling with form as injuries continue to plague his career. If all goes well, I’m hoping for him to achieve success at the French Open in May as the clay courts of Roland Garros has always been a favourite of the Spaniard.
- Australian Open – 18 to 31 January
- French Open – 22 May to 5 June
- Wimbledon – 27 June to 10 July
- US Open – 29 August to 11 September
Cape Town Tens
Cape Town Tens is always a highlight for me, and is even better than some of the other sport events in 2016 as I can actually attend. In all honesty, I don’t watch most of the Rugby, Netball or Volleyball that takes place but go there mostly for the party and the vibe – if you’re in Cape Town on the 5th and 6th of February, make sure you buy your tickets – click here.
ICC World Twenty20
The world’s best short-format Cricket players head to India from 11 March to 3 April as they face-off in a bid to be crowned the best Twenty20 nation in the world.
I know many purists don’t enjoy the idea of 20-over Cricket but while I love Test Match Cricket as much as the next guy, I do believe there is a place in Cricket for the 20-over format. Big hits bring big crowds and I am looking forward to see how the Proteas do against the rest of the world.
It’s always exciting to know that we won’t have months without Football during the club off-season and EURO2016 should be an exciting affair. With some big names, like Holland, failing to book their place in the final showpiece in France, I look forward to seeing what the new kids on the block can bring to the party.
Belgium have worked hard to improve and build their young squad and I think their players have finally matured enough to make a serious impact on the world stage – personally I will be rooting for Eden Hazard and co, as the number 1 ranked team look to win some silverware.
Date: 10 June to 10 July.
Tour de France
Getting high and cycling up mountains from 2 to 24 July? I don’t know, sounds like fun.
The Rio2016 Summer Olympics take place from 5 to 21 August and after hosting a successful World Cup, Brazil welcome visitors from all over the world for this multi-sport showpiece.
One thing I have always enjoyed about the Summer Olympics is the variety – with so many sports on offer, there’s something for everyone to enjoy and it provides an opportunity to watch some codes that one does not normally follow.
SASCOC’s failure to send the South African men and ladies Hockey teams to Rio2016 (read more, here) has left a bad taste in my mouth but there will still be some local talent for us to support. With all the drama at SASCOC, I don’t expect South Africa to do amazingly well, but I will still be backing anyone wearing the green and gold.
Those are my picks for the best sporting events in 2016 – yours will likely differ, so tell me about it in the comments below.
Written for The Pundits by @thatWallace