The Sporting Events You Cannot Miss In 2018
The Sporting Events You Cannot Miss In 2018
In 2018, Latin America will host important sporting events; in addition, teams and athletes from this region will face very strong commitments in different areas of the world. What competitions you cannot miss in the year? PanamericanWorld offers you a monthly calendar, where we have placed the contests that, for sure, will attract your attention.
In the first month of the year, the Dakar Rally will keep sports fans in tension. This will be the event’s 40th edition that for the tenth consecutive year will have Latin America as its competition scenario. The participants will leave from Lima, the Peruvian capital, on January 6 and, in the next two weeks, they will pass through Bolivia and Argentina, where the happy runners who complete the 13 stages will arrive in Córdoba on January 20.
The second month of the year will bring us the XXIII edition of the Winter Olympic Games, in Pyeongchang, South Korea. At least eleven Latin American and Caribbean countries will send a delegation, although, really, there are no forecasts of even a medal. For Canada and the United States, the reality will be different, because these countries have a great tradition in the Games and aspire to be among the top five in the final table. Another event that will draw attention in Latin America will be the fourth stop of the FIA Formula E World Championship, which Santiago de Chile will host, on February 3. These electric car races are becoming more attractive and draw thousands of fans to the road courses.
The third month of the year will have as a main course the seventeenth edition of the IAAF World Indoor Championships, which this time will host Birmingham, in the United Kingdom. The vast majority of Latin American and Caribbean athletics stars will seek a title there. In addition, in March there will be two Formula E World Championship ePrix series in Latin America: in Mexico City (fifth stop) and Sao Paulo, Brazil (sixth stop).
Women's football will live its peak in the region with the celebration in Chile of the Copa América’s (America Cup) eighth version. The Conmebol 10 national teams will fight for the title and also for two direct tickets to the next FIFA World Cup in 2019. On April 8, the speed fans in Argentina will enjoy the motorcycling Grand Prix, with races of MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3. Then, on the 22nd, this competition will go to the United States, where the Americas Grand Prix will take place.
The final of the UEFA Champions League (where Latin Americans are likely to be present) will attract attention in May. This time Paris will host the most anticipated football match at the clubs level. On May 26, the 11th South American Games (also called Odesur) will begin in Cochabamba, Bolivia. The organizers hope to receive a record number of participants (over 4100) that will exceed in more than 1000 those who participated in the previous edition, held in Santiago de Chile, in 2014. Now, in the Bolivian city the 28 Olympic sports will be played.
As of June 14, the world will revolve around a soccer ball, as the 21st edition of the FIFA Cup will be held in Russia. Latin America will have enormous expectations in this championship, considered, along with the Olympic Games, as the most followed on the planet. Can Neymar's Brazil add the sixth star in its uniform? Will Messi achieve his longed World Cup, to end doubts about the best of all time? Eight Latin American teams won a ticket to the World Cup (5 for Conmebol and 3 for Concacaf, with Panama as the only debutant in these games). The Argentine cities of Rosario and Santa Fe will host the FIBA Basketball World Cup, for children under 17, between June 30 and July 8. These events are usually very striking, because the younger figures try to show all their talent. 16 teams will compete for the crown and, in addition to the local teams, Latin America will be represented by Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
On July 15, in the very modern Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, the final of the FIFA World Cup will take place. We hope that there is, at least, one Latin American selection in this challenge.
In August, between 3 and 19, we will have the 23rd edition of the Central American and Caribbean Games, in Barranquilla, Colombia. In total, more than 5800 athletes will participate, from 37 countries. Cuba won the previous version, held in Veracruz, in hard contention with Mexico and, now, in the Colombian city, it is likely that the dispute for the top in the medal table will be even more closed.
Then, between the 17th and the 26th, the United States will host the eighth Women's Baseball World Cup and the locals will try to end the reign of five consecutive tournaments won by Japan.
September will be a volleyball month, because the Men's World Championship will be played in Italy/Bulgaria and the Women's World Championship in Japan. In the men's tournament, there will be five Latin American teams and the national teams of the United States and Canada will also play. Brazil seems to be the region’s favorite and will try to dethrone Poland, the current world champion. On the same day that the monarch is decided among the men, the championship for women will begin in Japan. Seven Latin American and Caribbean teams (Brazil, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Argentina and Trinidad and Tobago) will be in this fight, which was won four years ago by the United States.
Argentina will have an intense sport activity in the year; although, surely, the most important event to be organized will be the third version of the Youth Olympic Games. During 12 days (from 6 to 18), Buenos Aires will receive more than 3800 athletes, from approximately 206 countries, who will compete in 32 sports. This will be the first time that these Games are held outside Eurasia. On October 28, Formula 1 will return to the Hermanos Rodríguez Speedway, where the nineteenth Grand Prix of the maximum speed competition’s 2018 season will be played. In 2017, the race in Mexico was a great success from all points of view.
The F1 cars will continue in Latin America, because from Mexico they will travel to Brazil, where the Grand Prize will be held on November 11 at the José Carlos Pace Autodrome in São Paulo. A little later in the month, exactly from the 13th, Uruguay will host the Soccer World Cup for women under 17 years old. Here 16 teams will participate, including the surprising previous edition champion, North Korea.