Formula One comes back with the traditional curtain-raiser in Melbourne, which is planned to go ahead despite Covid-19 fears. Lewis Hamilton will start his bid to match Michael Schumacher’s achievement of seven world titles. Elsewhere, there will be the biggest week in horse racing at the Cheltenham Festival, while England has two Test matches in Sri Lanka.
Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will join competition for the final Euro 2020 places as 16 teams are divided into four in the play-offs. England’s females head to the United States to face the USA, Japan and Spain in the SheBelieves Cup. The Major League Baseball season is on the way, and the men’s and women’s Boat Races will be hosted on the Thames.
There will be a 5.65km street circuit for the inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix, held in Hanoi in April.
However, it is under to threat to be canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The first LPGA major of the year, the ANA Inspiration, will be organized in California. One week later, the Augusta for the first men’s golf major of the year will be hosted, with Tiger Woods defending his Masters title. The Chinese Grand Prix, in Shanghai, has been postponed without a future date, while the first-ever Vietnam Grand Prix in Hanoi is planned in the balance.
Other sporting highlights are the Grand National – with Tiger Roll is expected to have a hat-trick of wins – the beginning of cricket’s County Championship season, the London Marathon event and two weeks of fun at the Crucible, as Judd Trump battles to defend his world snooker title.
It’s a month of finals, with the men’s and women’s FA Cup is hosted at Wembley, the women’s Champions League is organized in Vienna and the men’s Champions League is planned in Istanbul. Not to mention the Scottish Cup, Europa League and EFL play-offs, with football’s most famous game, the Championship play-off final, offering a place in the Premier League.
The first of cycling’s three Grand Tours, the Giro d’Italia, is planned to begin in Budapest, although the Covid-19 outbreak in Italy impacts the entire event. The Netherlands organize an F1 Grand Prix, with the Indy 500 and Monaco GP also taking place. Thrill fans might also want to take a walk to Cardiff for the Nitro World Games – the largest action sports event ever organized in the UK.