6 July, 2021
If you are a sports fan, you are probably already going gaga over the many events that are taking place. Finally, it is after much deliberation that we finally have some sporting activity across the globe. What is even more interesting is to see that for many events abroad, they are allowing crowds. While the safety concerns loom, it cannot be denied that the cheering crowds bring back a lot of energy into sports watching.
It may be recalled that IPL 2021, which was going in India earlier this year, had to be suspended because players and staff members started falling sick. Despite the franchises following the team bubble policy, this happened, and no crowds were allowed in the stadium. So, the dangers of playing a sport as it should be cannot be ignored. But, when all you have to do is sit at home and watch your favourite sport, it helps relieve a lot of anxiety. It also provides a sense of normalcy to our suspended lives with social distancing and masks in prevalence. So, to cheer yourselves up, do not miss the sporting action coming up in the next few weeks.
The Wimbledon Championships are happening currently and will end by 11th July. With age-defying Roger Federer gunning for yet another title, the men’s draw looks interesting. To play against him for the championship title is everyone’s favourite, Novak Djokovic, the current World No.1. In the women’s draw, there is a teen Coco Gauff, who has so far generated a lot of interest and may well cause a few upsets. It may be recalled that Serena went out due to injury, and this Wimbledon, there have been quite a few falls and slips. Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna will appear in the third round of mixed doubles to keep the Indian interest alive.
It’s a literal feast for football lovers, with the Euro and Copa America happening simultaneously. Most Indian football fans are sleepless! In the Euro Cup, the semi-final lineup has been drawn for Jul 7th and 8th @12. 30 a.m. IST. The teams that will fight it out to go on to the final are Italy Vs Spain and England Vs Denmark.
In Copa America, the semi-finals will be happening on 6th Jul @4. 30 a.m. IST between Brazil and Peru and Argentina. Vs Colombia will take place on 7th July at 6. 30 a.m. IST. Mark your calendars to ensure that you don’t miss the action.
Interestingly, a lot of cricketing action is happening around the world. Three ODIs between England and Pakistan are scheduled to take place between 8th and 13th July. A one-off test match is scheduled between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh between 7th to 11th July, and they also go on to play an ODI series from 16th July, followed by a T20 series. The West Indies play Australia in a five-match T20 series from 9th July, while Ireland plays South Africa in a three-match ODI series from 11th July. Finally, Sri Lanka takes India in an ODI series from 13th July, while the West Indies and Pakistan will kick off a T20 series from 27th July.
While the above was the men’s cricket schedule, there is a lot of action coming up in women’s cricket too. The West Indies and Pakistan square up in an ODI series from 7th July. England takes on the Indian eves on a three-match T20 series from 9th July.
The Diamond League: Anniversary Games is scheduled at London Stadium from 13th July for athletic fans. And for F1 fans there has been some action which can be seen again on 18th July at British Grand Prix. But the icing on the cake happens to be the Tokyo Olympics scheduled to kick off from 23rd July to 8th August. There cannot be a greater treat for sporting fans than Olympics, which means there is something for everyone, with so many different disciplines happening. The Indian contingent is very strong, with many medal hopes, and you could join the other Indians is looking forward to cheering them on. Overall, there is so much sporting action taking place almost every day in July.
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