Top 10 Sports Events in 2013

    By and large, post-Summer Olympic Games calendar years barely register a blip on the sports and athletics competition radar. Not so 2013, however, as this top 10 proves.

    This will be the scene at Lord’s Cricket Ground for The Ashes – Photo credit

    Super Bowl XLVII
    When: February 3
    Where: New Orleans, U.S.A.

    New Orleans puts on a party like no other city. The Big Easy’s post-Katrina phoenix rise takes another step forward when the Superdome hosts halftime pop diva Beyoncé Knowles and, presumably, two very good football teams.

    Where to stay: Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans

    New Orleans City Guide

    FIS Alpine World Ski Championships
    When: February 4-17
    Where: Schladming, Styria, Austria

    The 42nd Alpine World Ski Championships comes to the bucolic hamlet of Schladming for the first time since 1982. One hour from Salzburg, two hours from Graz, the Styria gem is fresh off a cosmetic refurb for the event.

    Where to stay: Wellnesshotel Allmer Bad Gleichenberg

    Styria Guide

    Rugby Union British and Irish Lions Australia Tour
    When: June 1 – July 6
    Where: Australia

    The first British and Irish Lions tour of Australia in over a decade will deliver international rugby union action to Perth, Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne, Newcastle and Sydney.

    Where to stay: InterContinental Sydney Hotel

    Sydney City Guide

    2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup
    When: June 21 – July 13
    Where: Turkey

    Future Lionel Messis, Andrés Iniestas and Cristiano Ronaldos will take Turkey by storm in June and July for the first FIFA tournament to visit the country.

    Where to stay: Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul At Sultanahmet

    Istanbul City Guide

    The Ashes – England and Australia Test Cricket
    When: July 10 – August 25
    Where: England

    The likes of Old Trafford, Lord’s and The Oval will host the most venerable biennial rivalry in Test cricket next summer.

    Where to stay: 41 Hotel London

    London City Guide

    2013 World Aquatics Championships
    When: July 14 – August 4
    Where: Barcelona, Spain

    The 15th FINA World Championships will not have the marquee star power of a Michael Phelps, Susie O’Neill or Ian Thorpe but organisers need not worry – not with the likes of Missy Franklin, Chad le Clos and Emily Seebohm in the pool.

    Where to stay: Grand Hotel Central Barcelona

    Barcelona City Guide

    2013 World Championships in Athletics
    When: August 10 – August 18
    Where: Moscow, Russia

    Usain Bolt’s promo fee was too rich for organisers but, happily, the the fastest human in history will grace Luzhniki Stadium next August as a wild card.

    Where to stay: Lotte Hotel Moscow

    Moscow City Guide

    FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup
    When: September 18 – September 28
    Where: Tahiti

    Beach soccer’s rocket rise in popularity is a result of FIFA’s all-powerful aegis and patronage since 2005. Paradisal Tahiti welcomes perennial favourites Brazil and fifteen other contenders over the course of eleven days in September.

    Where to stay: Manava Suite Resort Tahiti

    Tahiti Guide

    Rugby League World Cup
    When: October 26 – November 30
    Where: England and Wales

    Members of the Rugby League International Federation, from Australia and New Zealand to France and Scotland, will contribute to the United Kingdom’s Golden Decade of Sport in October and November. The final will take place at Manchester’s Theatre of Dreams, Old Trafford.

    Where to stay: The Midland Hotel Manchester

    Manchester City Guide

    FIVB World Grand Champions Cup
    When: November 12-17
    Where: Japan

    Volleyball-mad Japan will, as usual, host the premier competition in the sport in the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup. Current favourites on the women’s side include the U.S.A., Brazil and host Japan, with Russia, Brazil and Italy at the top of the men’s side.

    Where to stay: Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku Tokyo

    Tokyo City Guide

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