Ah, the sounds of fans in stadium seats cheering on the athletes—or quietly watching if it’s golf or tennis. The smells of hot dogs and nachos. The calls of vendors passing in the stands. Some countries have already returned to hosting sports events with full stadiums, while most have had to settle for watching them on tv while the athletes played, no doubt missing the atmosphere the fans brought with them. Many live sports pubs like The Cornershop Bar, a Shoreditch club, are already accepting bookings for the major sports events coming up. It remains to be seen just how full stands will be allowed to open this year, but we are hopeful to get back to enjoying the sporting culture together soon without restrictions.
International Tennis Tours has Wimbledon on the books for June 28 – July 11, 2021. Book your ticket packages now so you can be sure to enjoy champagne and strawberries in person as you watch the tennis greats battle it out on the green lawn courts that Wimbledon is known for.
If you love American Nascar, well, even if you don’t, you’ve heard of the Indie 500. This epic race takes place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway May 29-30, 2021. Every year tons of fans turnout to watch these drivers race on a circular course, shaking the stands as they pass by. A deceptive amount of strategy and preparation is required from these drivers, as well as physical stamina to withstand the extreme heat in the cars while still remaining alert and able to avoid collisions. And let’s be honest here, I know some of you only watch for the wrecks. For shame.
As an American, I’m obliged to include American Football in this list. Though a lot remains up in the air, and the schedule will most likely change many times, we are still set to welcome football back into our lives on September 4, 2021. Whether we will be able to crowd the stands like usual remains to be seen for certain, but at least in my area outdoor sporting events do not currently have capacity restrictions. It is also unclear how and if Covid precautions will affect training camps or whether some players will elect to sit out this season as well. But we continue to hope.
2020 Summer Olympics
After delaying the games for one year, Tokyo will finally stage the opening ceremony of the Olympics on July 23, 2021. Doses of Pfizer’s Covid vaccine have been donated to game participants to be administered prior to the start of the events. Officials say this is in an effort to not only host and participate in the Olympic games safely but also to show respect to the residents of Japan. And with athletes coming from around the globe to compete in close quarters, it is probably a smart thing to do to avoid yet another period of postponement due to the pandemic.
No matter your taste or interest, sports are making a comeback this year. Each small step we gain toward open competition with no need for safety precautions counts as victory in our world these days.