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If you love to travel and are a massive sports fan, the chances are that the past year has prevented you from enjoying two of your favourite activities. The pandemic put many people’s holiday plans on hold and caused sporting events worldwide to be postponed. If you are keen to start making plans for the return of live sport, this year is an exciting one for you. Depending on the current COVID-19 restrictions, you may want to combine your love of travel and sport to enjoy a holiday that allows you to take in one of this year’s major sporting events in person. Here are some of the dates and destinations to consider when making your travel plans for 2021:
Euro 2020, London
The Euros were scheduled to take place in 2020, but are expected to go ahead this year. If you are in the UK, you won’t need to travel too far to enjoy a football-themed holiday in 2021. England and Scotland will face each other at Wembley Stadium on the 18th June 2021, and the final will also be held at Wembley. Matches will be held across Europe, with the competition starting on the 11th June 2021.
British and Irish Lions Tour, South Africa
If you love rugby, you will be looking forward to the British and Irish Lions Test Series which is due to take place this summer at the end of July and beginning of August. This eagerly anticipated contest is hopefully going ahead, but you will have to watch this space to find out more details about the tour, and for confirmed news that it will take place as planned. Keep up with Lions rugby news to find out the latest details of the Lions Tour in South Africa.
The Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, Tokyo
The Olympic Games were unable to go ahead in Summer 2020, so they are back this year for a feast of sporting activity. Tokyo will host the 32nd Olympic Games, taking place from the 23rd July 2021 until the 8th August 2021. So, if you like the sound of a Japanese adventure and want to soak up the Olympic atmosphere, Tokyo could be your ideal destination. Can Team GB top the 67 medals they won in Rio back in 2016?
The Paralympic Games were also postponed last Summer and are scheduled to take place this year instead. After coming in second place on the medals table, the Team GB Paralympic athletes will be hoping to emulate their success in Rio when they compete in Tokyo this August. The Paralympic Games are due to run from the 24th August 2021 until 5th September 2021.
Following all the postponements and setbacks caused by the pandemic, 2021 is shaping up to be a year crammed with exciting sports events. So, whether you fancy travelling to distant shores (travel restriction permitting) or want to take a break closer to home, you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to major sporting competitions.