Not only is April a time when the football season draws to a thrilling conclusion, but it is also home to a number of highly anticipated sporting events across the globe. With major events scheduled from Wembley in London to Augusta in North America, you won’t want to blink!
Let’s now take a look at three of the stellar sporting events that are scheduled to take place in the next few weeks:
This April, the sport of cycling will celebrate its global appeal with the annual, with the World Track Champions scheduled for between 12th and16th April in Hong Kong.
This will be a four-day event that includes various disciplines in track cycling, including time trials, individual pursuit and the classic sprint races. This years’ event is also to become one of the most widely-watched of all time, and anyone planning on enjoying a long-haul trip to Hong Kong would be advised to see if they can get tickets.
After all, cycling is one of the most competitive and keenly-contested sports in the world, while the diversity of races makes for a truly thrilling spectacle.
April will also see the latest instalment of the U.S. Masters in Augusta, as the first of golf’s four annual majors gets underway. This is also considered to be one of the most difficult to win, while the current forecasts suggest that this years’ field will have to contend with high winds and driving rain as well as an exceptionally high level of competition.
There is also a sense of nostalgia associated with this years’ event, as it is 20 years since a young Tiger Woods burst on the scene and delivered a golfing masterclass to the watching world. Woods’ gradual decline means that he will not start as a favourite this time around, however, with Ulsterman Rory McIlroy, home favourite Jordan Spieth and world number one Jason Day among the front-runners.
Boxing much-maligned heavyweight division will step into the spotlight at the end of the month, with the promising Anthony Joshua taking on former champion Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium. Two belts will be on the line in London, while the winner will take a significant stride towards becoming the unified champion of the world.
The speed and power of Joshua makes him a clear favourite against his veteran opponent, who looked tired and devoid of inspiration in losing to Tyson Fury last-time out. He retains a level of conditioning and experience that makes him dangerous, however, Joshua should be prepared to go the full 12 rounds for the first time in his explosive career so far.