World Sport: Video Game on in 2021 – ideally!
However, assuming there is no repeat impact from the coronavirus, this means that 2021 will have a loaded calendar with something for everyone.
The highest profile casualty last year was the Summer season Olympic Games, which is now arranged to take location in between Jul 23-Aug 8 in Tokyo, Japan. It will keep the Tokyo 2020 name and will be followed by the Paralympic Games between Aug 24-Sep 5.
Seventeen Thai athletes have so far made their place at the Games including taekwondo fighter Panipak Wongpattanakit, boxer Chatchai-decha Butdee and shooter Sutiya Jiewchaloemmit.
Badminton stars Ratchanok Intanon in the women’s songs and Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai in the combined doubles, together with golf player Ariya Jutanugarn are anticipated to have their places confirmed soon.
In football, the postponed Euro 2020 will now run in between Jun 11-July 11 and be played across 12 host cities with the last at Wembley Stadium in London.
Qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar are set to resume in March although the War Elephants of Thailand have a difficult task ahead to progress.
They presently inhabit 3rd place in Group G with 8 points after 5 games, 3 behind leaders Vietnam and one less than Malaysia’s tally. Their emaining video games are at home to Indonesia and Malaysia and away at the UAE.
The 31st SEA Games will be hosted in Hanoi from Nov 21-Dec 2 with 11 countries competing and 529 gold medals on deal across 40 sports consisting of kickboxing, kurash, jujutsu, vovinam and finswimming.
Thailand will be looking for improvement after ending up 3rd behind the hosts Philippines and Vietnam in the 2019 competition.
In badminton, the Yonex Thailand Open (Jan12-17), the Toyota Thailand Open (Jan 19-24) and the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2020 (Jan 27-31) are all scheduled to be played in Bangkok.
However, a significant blow was dealt on Monday (Jan 4) when the Japanese contingent took out after world top Kento Momota checked positive for coronavirus.
The males’s competitors will be now led by No. 2 Chou Tien-chen of Taiwan, No. 3 Anders Antonsen and No. 4 Viktor Axelsen of Denmark. No. 1 Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan and No. 6 Carolina Marin of Spain are the leading names in the women’s competitions.
Somewhere Else, Formula One has set a provisionary 23-race calendar for the year, starting in Melbourne on Mar 21 and ending up in Abu Dhabi on Dec 5, which will see brand-new races being kept in the Netherlands and Saudi Arabia.
Alex Albon of Red Bull Racing lost his seat to Sergio Perez at the end of last season but will still be involved with the team as a test driver.
In golf, the Masters will return to its typical April timeslot (Apr 8-11) after a coronavirus induced postponement in 2015 saw the competitors happen during an extremely chilly November.
The US Open (Jun 17-20), British Open (Jul 15-18) and Ryder Cup (Sep 24-26) are the other major tournaments this year.
Rugby’s Six Nations will be contested between England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, France and Italy. The competition, in its 22nd year, will run between Feb 6-Mar 20 with reigning champs England aiming to keep their crown.
The Women’s Rugby World Cup is scheduled to occur in New Zealand in between Sep 18-Oct 16 and will be the very first time the competition has been kept in the southern hemisphere.
The Rugby League World Cup happens in between Oct 23-Nov 27 in England with Jamaica and Greece both making their launching.
There will be plenty more to keep sports enthusiasts amused throughout the year with the likes of the Super Bowl, tennis, basketball, cricket, AFL, cycling, boxing, sports, MMA and cruising all ideally holding up against the coronavirus danger.
Here’s wishing for more celebratory cheers than post ponement jeers this year!