While 2020 saw the postponement of several high-profile sporting events due to the coronavirus pandemic, many of them have been rescheduled for 2021, meaning we have a lot to look forward to in the next calendar year. Indeed, the rescheduled events are in tandem with many other high-profile events that were already planned, so in this post, Carl from betting site FindBettingSites breaks down the most significant betting events coming up in 2021.
UEFA European Championship
Europe’s most elite international football competition, the UEFA European Championship, has been rescheduled for June & July 2021. The event usually is hosted by one or two countries; however, UEFA has experimented with this year’s format, meaning games will be played all across Europe. The tournament is a wonderful exhibition of football, as there are so many markets available, and so many games played in a short space of time. The home nations will be intrigued to see how Scotland fare, as they will be competing in their first tournament since 1998 and are grouped alongside England.
The Tokyo Olympic Games
Much like the football European Championships, the Olympic Games in Tokyo were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. This means we have a wonderful summer of sport to look forward to in 2021, with the games set to get underway in July. Betting on the Olympics is a fantastic spectacle, as you can place wagers on markets that you may never have encountered, as well as a variety of sports that you can enjoy, perhaps for the first time. It’s also a great way to show your support for your nation by placing a bet on your country’s medal hopeful.
The Cheltenham Festival
Arguably horse racing’s premier event, The Cheltenham Festival, occurs across four days in March, culminating with the Gold Cup championship race. The 2020 Cheltenham Festival was one of the last high-profile sporting events to play out in front of spectators before coronavirus, and punters will be hoping that they can return to the grandstands to enjoy the festivities again next year. The Cheltenham Festival is jump racing at its finest, and punters can follow all the races via live streams offered by online bookmakers.
The Rugby League World Cup
Often played out in the shadow of rugby union, rugby league’s premier international tournament will be hosted in England in 2021 and is causing significant excitement amongst its fans. In 2021, the men’s, women’s, and wheelchair games will be played out alongside one another, with the men’s tournament getting underway in October. While England’s super league is a superb competition, hosting some of the best players from all over the world, England’s national team is still hurting from their defeat to Australia in the 2017 final. Australia has been totally dominant in the competition’s history, so it is an excellent opportunity to put your money on other nations and see if home advantage can spur England onto victory.