This year was (and is) full of many extremely important sports events making true sports fans excited about all the happenings in the field. Among the most important sporting events of 2017 were Roland-Garros, the World Hockey Championship in France-Germany, and the World Biathlon Championships in Austria among many others. The most rated sports competitions – the final tournaments of the World and European Championships and the Olympic Games – are traditionally held in even-numbered years. Nevertheless, there were a lot of important tournaments in 2017. The year began with the famous rally-raid “Dakar,” which was held on the territory of Paraguay, Bolivia, and Argentina. What is more, the first two months of the year were also marked by the competitions in winter sports and the African champion in football. Let’s discuss all the happenings in detail.
In February, the Austrian Hochfilzen was the hosting base for the World Biathlon Championships, where the strongest sportsmen from all over the world were competing. From February 22 to March 5, 2017, Finland (Lahti) hosted the World Ski Championships, which showed the level of athletes before the upcoming Olympics. Thus, the national teams have been formed and ready for the coming Olympic Games.
On the last day of the summer of 2017, the 40th European Basketball Championship was held in Israel, Finland, Romania, and Turkey. The league of the 2016/17 season was really tough and unexpected since 16 strongest teams of the continent played a two-round tournament. As a result eight strongest teams were in the play-off round, where the participants of the finals were determined.
There were revolutionary changes in technical regulations of Formula-1 in 2017. Specifically, the requirements for power and aerodynamic components of the fireballs changed. According to the new “rules,” the tires are to be significantly wider and have different characteristics. All innovations are visible with the naked eye: the appearance of cars became more aggressive, which increases the car speed on the circle by 2-6 seconds. However, one of the main intrigues of the upcoming season is the set of the Mercedes pilots and the owner of the Cup of Designers.
The year of 2017 was expected to cover a lot of interesting happenings and fights in the field of boxing. The date of one of the most anticipated battles was already known at the beginning of the year. The former world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko returned to the ring on April 29, 2017 after a pause of almost a year and a half.
His opponent in the fight was the owner of the IBF belt, British Olympic champion Anthony Joshua. Among other interesting fights was a rematch between Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward. The latter became the owner of three belts – WBO, IBF, and WBA – after a fairly controversial victory on points. Finally, one of the most technical representatives of modern boxing Vasily Lomachenko, who owns the WBO title in the category up to 59 kg, is expected to take revenge from the Mexican veteran Orlando Salido. Although Salido has previously defeated the two-time Olympic champion in his second fight in the professional ring, the fight is expected to be extremely exciting.
Obviously, 2017 is a prominent year for the world sport. There were many competitions, fights, and changes in regulations, which will considerably change the history of sports.