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Kaká, A. Jonathan BuhalisEvents - Sports
by Jonathan Buhalis

Upcoming sporting events of interest to us, because it's not always about conserving and consuming resources.

2016 Dubai World Cup, Dubai, UAE
Mar, 2016: The Dubai World Cup is one of the most prestigious events in thorougbred racing. Held annually, it offers the largest purse of any race, US$10 million. The 2000m race takes place at the end of March.
Dubai World Cup

Dubai Towers, concept

IAAF Diamond League, Doha, Qatar
May, 2016: IAAF Diamond League is an annual series of track and field meetings held from 2010 onwards. Fourteen meetings during the year host each of 32 events 7 times. The athlete with the highest number of points in each discipline wins "The Diamond Race".
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2016 French Open, Paris, France
May, 2016: The French Open is one of the four Grand Slam events of international tennis. This event is more than a hundred years old.
Roland Garros, aka the French Open

Copa America Centenario, United States
Jun, 2016: The Copa América Centenario is a special centennial tournament observing the founding of CONMEBOL, the South American football confederation, and the Copa América. Sixteen teams will compete in venues to be determined.
Copa America Centenario

Mens Hockey Champions Trophy, Argentina
Jun, 2016: The FIH Hockey Championship Trophy for field hockey is held every 2 years with separate men's and women's event. Automatic spots go to the host nation and the winners of the last Olympic, World Cup, World League, and Champions events. Additional teams will be chosen by the FIH to fill out a field of 6.
Field hockey, men

Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling Festival, Edirne, Turkey
Jun, 2016: This oil-wrestling festival has drawn men in leather trousers for almost 700 years. The week-long festival is a series of 1-on-1 fights until the last man is standing, the winner of the Golden Belt.
Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling

2016 Rio Olympics, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Jul, 2016: The biggest sports event ever for Brasil takes place in 2016 when Rio de Janeiro hosts the Olympics. The scope of the Olympics is as big as it gets
Rio 2016 Olympics Logo

Rio stadiums

2016 Tour de France, France
Jul, 2016: The Tour de France is the most famous of cycling events. While the course varies, the competition covers 3 weeks of staged racing around France for a distance of approximately 3,500 km.
Le Tour de France

BMX Cycling World Championships, Medellin, Colombia
Jul, 2016: The bicycle motocross (BMX) world championships are held annually by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). The 2016 dates have not been determined.
Medellin, Colombia

World Road Championships, Doha, Qatar
Sep, 2016: The annual cycling world championship is part of the Triple Crown of Cycling, along with the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France. Included are events for men and women, team and individual. Cycling on the flat Qatar peninsula usually favors sprinters, although strong winds may add uncertainty.
the annual Tour of Qatar

Inernational Cycling Union logo

Paralympic Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Sep, 2016: The Paralympic Games are held every four years after the Summer Olympics.
Rio stadium and the Cristo

Asian Beach Games, Nha Trang, Vietnam
Sep, 2016: The Asian Beach Games are held every two years, governed by the Olympic Council of Asia. Events include water sports such as sailing and beach sports such as volleyball.
Asian Beach Games

Argentine Polo Open 2016, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nov, 2016: Argentina's annual polo championship is a rather more elegant spectator sport than most other choices. Argentina is a world leader in polo.
Argentinean Polo

Winter Universiade, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Feb, 2017: The Universiade, or World University Games, are organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). They are held in odd-numbered years.
Almaty 2017, 28th Winter Universiade

2017 Bolivarian Games, Santa Marta, Colombia
Mar, 2017: The Bolivarian Games among select countries of Central and South America are named in honor of Simon Bolivar. Athletes from Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela compete every 4 years in a range of sports. The next games are scheduled for 2017 in Santa Marta, Colombia.
Simon Bolivar

2017 Mediterranean Games, Tarragona, Spain
Mar, 2017: The Mediterranean Games are a multi-sports event held every 4 years in the year before the Olympics. The participants are approximately 24 countries of Africa, Asia, and Europe bordering the Mediterranean. The host city is typically a port city of the Mediterranean. The 2017 games will be hosted by Tarragona, Spain.
Tarragona, Spain, Roman ruins, not the venue for the games

Special Olympics World Winter Games, Graz and Schladming, Austria
Mar, 2017: The winter Special Olympics are held every 4 years for athletes with intellectual disabilities.
Schladming-Rohrmoos, Austria

Special Olympics

Lusophony Games, Fortaleza, Brasil
May, 2017: Lusophony refers to the dozen Portuguese-speaking countries, countries with significant Portuguese communities, or those with Portuguese ties. This multi-sport event is held about every 3 years.
Fortaleza, Brasil

Logo of ACOLOP

French Open, Paris, France
May, 2017: The French Open is the world's premiere tennis event on clay and one of the most physically challenging. This event is more than a hundred years old.
Roland Garros, aka the French Open

The World Games, Wroclaw, Poland
Jun, 2017: The World Games is a multi-sport international event that includes approximately 30 non-Olympic sports and athletes from over a hundred countries.
Wroclaw, Poland, market square

World Games, Wroclaw, Poland
Jun, 2017: The World Games are a multi-sport event consisting mainly of sports not in the Olympics. The event is held every four years and the actual roster of games is based on the venue. Dates not yet set.
World Games 2013 opening ceremony

World Games 2017 Wroclaw

2017 Tour de France, France
Jun, 2017: The very famous Tour de France cycling race is a staged race over approximately 3 weeks that roughly encircles France.
Le Tour de France

2018 Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, Australia
Apr, 2018: The Commonwealth Games are a multi-sport event held every four years. Participants are the top athletes of the Commonwealth countries, and therefore come from all over the world. These multinational games are unusual in that the athletes share a common language, English.
2018 Commonwealth Games

2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia
May, 2018: Russia will host the 2018 World Cup. The soccer tournament will involve 32 teams, including the winner of the 2014 World Cup and the host country.
The 11 host cities will include Yekaterinburg in Asia, and therefore these games will be the first to be held on two continents.
Russia World Cup 2018

World Cup Logo 2018

South American Games, Cochabamba, Bolivia
Jun, 2018: The South American Games (Juegos Sudamericanos) are a multi-sport event held every four years among the countries of South America. The games are organized by ODESUR, the South American Sports Organization. Dates not set.
Cochabamba, Bolivia, by Alfredo Vasquez Meza

ODESUR logo

Asian Beach Games, Goa, India
Jun, 2018: The Asian Beach Games are held every two years, governed by the Olympic Council of Asia. Events include water sports such as sailing and beach sports such as volleyball. Dates for 2018 are undecided.
Asian Beach Games

2018 Winter Olympics, Pyongchang, South Korea
Jul, 2018: The 2018 Winter Olympics are hosted by Pyongchang, South Korea. These are the second Olympic games to be held in South Korea, after the 1988 games in Seoul.
Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics

Central American and Caribbean Games, Barranquilla, Colombia
Jul, 2018: The Central American and Caribbean Games are one of the oldest multi-national multi-sport regional events, held since 1926. The games take place in even years that do not include the Olympics.
The Plaza at Barranquilla, Colombia (Wikimedia Commons)

Summer Youth Olympics, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sep, 2018: The Youth Olympic Games are held every 4 years, open to athletes ages 14 to 18.
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Womens Hockey Champions Trophy, Argentina
Nov, 2018: The FIH Champions Trophy tournament for field hockey is held every 2 years for both men and women. Team qualifications are yet to be determined except that the host country automatically qualifies.
field hockey, women

Mens Hockey Champions Trophy, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Dec, 2018: The FIH Hockey Champions Trophy for field hockey is held every 2 years with separate men's and women's event. Eight teams will compete in the men's event.
Field hockey, men

2019 Pan American Games, Lima, Peru
Apr, 2019: The Pan American Games scheduled to precede the Tokyo Olympics will be held in Lima, Peru, in 2019. The governing body is PASO, the Pan American Sports Organization composed of the several national Olympic committees of the Americas.
Pan American Sports Organization

Workers in Lima, happy at the announcement

Copa America, Chile
Jun, 2019: Copa Am?rica is held every 4 years among the national football teams of South America. The governing body is CONMEBOL, the oldest of the football confederations. Twelve teams will compete in eight venues.
Logo of CONMEBOL

Summer Universiade 2019, Brasilia, Brasil
Jul, 2019: The summer Universiade (World University Games) are held every 2 years, organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). They are open to college athletes and recent graduates between the ages of 17 and 28.
Summer Universiade, Brasilia 2019

2019 Pan-Arab Games, Egypt
Dec, 2019: The Pan-Arab Games are a multi-sports event intended to be held every 4 years in the year before the Olympics. The participants are approximately 20 countries of the Middle East and North Africa. The games are organized by the various national Olympic Committees. These games have included women's sports since 1985.
Pan-Arab Games logo

2020 Olympics, Tokyo, Japan
Aug, 2020: Tokyo hosts the 2020 Olympics. The city previously hosted the Summer Olympics in 1964.
Tokyo 2020 Olympics

FIFA Confederations Cup, Doha, Qatar
Mar, 2021: The Confederations Cup is a championship played in the year before the World Cup among the six FIFA confederation champions plus the current World Cup holder and the host city.
Confederations Cup, 2013

Qatar Football

World Aquatics Championships, Budapest, Hungary
Jul, 2021: The FINA World Aquatics Championships are held every 2 years for Swimming, Diving, Open Water Swimming, Synchronized Swimming and Water Polo.
World Aquatics Championships, Barcelona 2013

2022 Commonwealth Games, Canada or S Africa
Aug, 2022: The Commonwealth Games are a multi-sport event held every four years. Participants are the top athletes of the Commonwealth countries, and therefore come from all over the world. The 2022 games will be held in Edmonton or Durban.
Commonwealth Games Medal

2022 FIFA World Cup, Qatar
Nov, 2022: The 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar. The soccer tournament will involve 32 teams, including Qatar and the winner of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Many of the details of this tournament are still being formulated, including the precise schedule. June and July are unlikely months for outdoor events on the Arabian peninsula because of the intense heat.
Qatar World Cup 2022


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