The biggest sporting events coming in early 2018

biathlon-mens-pursuit-2010-winter-olympicsWith 2018 in full swing, it’s time to take a look at the sporting calendar as we preview some of the year’s biggest sporting events. Of course, 2017 was a great year for sport, but with no major international tournaments, we missed the excitement that comes with cheering for your home country. 2018 promises to be a little different, though, with the World Cup in Russia expected to be the biggest event of the year. However, before we get to summer, there are a few sporting events taking place that you just might be interested in.

First up we have the six nations which is starting quite soon. Current six nations odds put England firmly in the driving seat to retain the title and win a third crown in succession. However, Ireland are knocking on the door, and if they can maintain the consistency that they have lacked in recent campaigns, this could be their year. It promises to be an interesting tournament as Ireland look to reclaim the title. The game to watch will, of course, involve these two sides when they meet on St. Patrick’s Day in Twickenham. It could be a title decider.

Taking place at the same time as the six nations, we have the “small” matter of the Winter Olympics. And with the Russians out of the tournament, things could get very interesting in South Korea. There are way too many sports for us to preview them all, but if we had to choose one unmissable event, it would be the women’s bobsleigh. And why is that? Well, this is the first year that athletes from Nigeria will be at the Winter Olympics. They also have another athlete in the women’s skeleton, but it’s surely the bobsleigh team that will capture the imagination of the world.

In March, we also have the Cheltenham Festival, and we don’t really need to tell you much about that. It’s the yearly event that sees mostly Irish and British trainers face off against each other for bragging rights. Might bite is the favourite for the Gold Cup, but anything can happen in one of the racing calendar’s biggest events of the year.

Just a few weeks later in April, we can tune in to the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia. The games have become less popular in recent times, but they are still a sporting event that is well worth watching. This year’s games could see Canada’s Andre De Grasse finally emerge from Usain Bolt’s shadow. We’d watch the games to see the 100m sprint alone.

Just as the Commonwealth Games get underway, the Masters takes place in Augusta. It’s the US PGA showpiece, and it looks like it could be an interesting tournament. Could this be the year that Tiger Woods gets back on top? Or could McIlroy overcome his recent troubles with form to fulfill his potential? We’ll just have to watch it to see.
In April, we also have the Grand National at Aintree. It’s the one race that captivates the entire nation, with the country grinding to a halt as everyone looks to see if their horse wins. It’s far too early to make a call on this one, and—as we are all well aware—this is one race where the outsider has a pretty good shot. It’s what makes it such a draw for the general public.

2018 is looking good so far, and the foregoing have only the biggest events taking place through April. With the World Cup and the Ryder Cup to follow, 2018 could be a phenomenal year for sport. So, grab the remote, place a few bets, and turn off your phone—you’ve got a lot of sport to watch.