When you first look over the worldwide sporting calendar for 2019, you might be disappointed with what is on offer. There’s no Winter or Summer Olympics, for example. Nor is there a really big international soccer competition to whet the appetite. And yet, 2019 has plenty in store for sports fans, including those who like to see top-quality sportsmen and women in action at an international tournament. If you are worried that 2019 may not be a classic year for international sports competitions, then think again. There is plenty to get excited about!
The Cricket World Cup
Cricket enjoys huge support around the globe, especially in India where it attracts lots of betting. The World Cup only takes place every four years or so and this year the competition will be staged in the UK. Get yourself in the mood for placing a few bets on this fiercely contested competition by trying out a few casino games online. England, Australia and India are all tipped to win but watch out for strong competition from Ireland, Pakistan and South Africa. The six-week long tournament begins in May.
The World Table Tennis Championships
A fast-moving sport, table tennis does not enjoy the same financial support as lawn tennis. That said, the sport is undeniably global in nature and it offers tremendous amounts of nerve-wracking excitement. This year’s world championships will be held in the Hungarian capital, Budapest in April. There are five different events – men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles.
The Africa Cup of Nations
Staged every two years, the 2019 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations will be hosted by Egypt. Now televised around the globe, the competition looks more open than ever before with some world-beating teams entering the contest. The host nation will be one of the favourites for the title, having already won more than any other nation. Morocco, Nigeria and Senegal will all be hotly tipped, too.
Summer X Games
An extreme multi-sports event, the Summer X Games only began in 1995. However, the competition has gained widespread interest now, almost matching the Winter X Games. There’s plenty of freestyle BMX action to view, including the ever-popular ‘Big Air’ event. There are numerous Moto X events plus a mountain bike slopestyle competition. The 2019 games will be staged in Minneapolis, a location the event’s organisers have chosen before.
The Rugby World Cup
To be held in Japan for the first time, the Rugby World Cup will feature all of the top nations, including New Zealand, England, Australia, South Africa, Wales and France. Many think that Ireland stands their best ever chance of raising the Webb-Ellis trophy at the end of the tournament based on their current form. Canada’s male team has qualified for the 2019 finals after defeating Germany in the competition’s repêchage play-offs. They face a tough group which will feature New Zealand, Italy, Namibia and South Africa so progress will not be easy.