It’s the height of summer holiday season, so perhaps it’s little surprise August serves up a quieter month of sport than most in 2020.
However, there’s still plenty to look forward to including the return of the Premier League and EFL, while the curtain also comes down on the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Here’s what to look out for in the world of sport this August…
Sporting Events – August 2020
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TBC: The Hundred
It’s not arrived without its fair share of controversy, but this summer’s cricket calendar will be dominated by the most radical shake-up of the sport since the introduction of t20. The Hundred format will be coming to a UK city near you this August with some of cricket’s biggest names showcasing their skills with just 100 balls to contend with.
TBC: EFL season opening day
After three months’ break, club football is finally back in the EFL as the Championship, League One and League Two campaigns get underway towards the start of the month. If there’s anything we’ve come to learn from the EFL, it’s to expect the unexpected. Will any surprise names set the pace in the EFL?
TBC: Premier League opening day
The 2020/21 season gets underway in early August as England’s top flight hurtles towards its 30th season as the Premier League. This will be the second season in a row to have a mid-season break in February.
2nd: Hungarian F1 Grand Prix
9th: Olympic Games Closing Ceremony
2 ½ weeks of blood, sweat and tears come to a close in Tokyo on the 9th as Japan passes the torch on to Paris at the New National Stadium. Team GB enjoyed their most successful Olympics since 1908 in Rio with 27 golds and 67 medals. How many will they be taking home on the plane Japan this time around?
14th: Vuelta a España
16th – 23rd: World Rowing Championships
18-21 August – T20 Blast Quarter-Finals
19th: York Ebor Festival
The 2020 flat season starts to wind down in August, but not before four days of intense racing at the York Ebor. The Juddmonte International and the Ebor Handicap are just two of the stand-out races across the week, with Japan winning the Juddmonte under Ryan Moore in 2019.
25th: Paralympic Games
Tokyo once again welcomes the world as the 16th summer Paralympic Games get underway on the 25th August. Tokyo will be hosting the event for a second time, with badminton and taekwondo making their Games debuts.
30th: Belgian F1 Grand Prix
31st – 13th September: US Open tennis
The final Grand Slam of the season is on the line at Flushing Meadows as the US Open gets underway on the final day of the month. Rafa Nadal capitalised on earlier than expected exits from Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic to claim his fourth US Open title last season, while Bianca Andreescu made history in 2019 as the first Canadian tennis player in history to taste Grand Slam success.
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