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FRANCE HOSTS THE 2019 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP

With billions of fans worldwide, soccer (football, to most

of the world) is by far the most popular sport on the globe,

and in the summer of 2019, the sport’s top female players

will face each other on pitches across one of the world’s

top tourist destinations, France. With all this exceptionality

taking place, it’s the perfect time to knock Paris off your

bucket list or opt for a further-flung locale. Nice and Lyon, in

the Cote d’Azur and French Alps respectively, are also host

cities.

June 7 to July 7, 2019

WIMBLEDON HOSTS A GRAND SLAM OF A DAY OUT

If you’re yearning for a day in the English countryside, why

not spend it at the most glamorous tennis tournament in the

world? The only Slam played on grass, Wimbledon annually

attracts more than 500,000 people hoping to see the next

Federer or Navratilova. Many spectators bring a picnic, but

don’t forget the local customary treat of strawberries and

cream accompanied by a Pimm’s.

July 1 to 14, 2019

GOLF RETURNS TO NORTHERN IRELAND

In 2019, golf’s oldest and arguably most important

championship, The Open, will be held in Northern Ireland

for the first time since 1951. Matching wits on the links of

the Royal Portrush Golf Club, top golfers will compete

for the title and the substantial purse. Portrush – a small

seaside town – will be bursting with excited fans, but on

the off-chance you need a breather from the action, you’ll

be only a short way from the bluffs and rock formations of

Ramore Head.

July 18 to 21, 2019

BRUSSELS CELEBRATES TOUR DE FRANCE VICTORY

In 1969, Belgian cyclist Eddie Merckx won his first Tour

– a victory that foretold an unmatched career total of 11

such wins. In commemoration of the 50 years since and

in celebration of Merckx’s achievements, the 2019 Tour de

France will begin in Brussels before winding south. If you’ve

ever dreamed of cycling throughout the region, this summer

would be on-theme.

July 18 to July 21, 2019

PERU ADDS SPORT TO ITS LIST OF ATTRACTIONS

Peru has long enticed visitors with Machu Picchu and

the Amazon, but in 2019, travellers will be flocking to its

capital, Lima, for the Pan American Games and Parapan

American Games. For two weeks, the city will transform

in a celebration of sport with athletes from across the

Americas competing in events ranging from archery to

wrestling, from para swimming to wheelchair basketball.

July 26 to August 11, 2019

SOUTH EAST ASIAN GAMES HEAD TO THE PHILIPPINES

With the fourth largest coastline in the world, it’s no surprise

that the Philippines attract travellers looking to spend time

on any of its many sugar-sand beaches. If you’re flying into

the Philippines, you’re likely coming through Manila, the host

city of the 30th South East Asian (SEA) Games, a multi-sport

tournament featuring athletes from across 11 Asian nations.

Not content with only traditional sport offerings, the SEA

Games have included hyper-local events in sepak takraw

(like volleyball, but athletes may only use their feet) and

chinlone, a game similar to hacky-sack.

November 30 – December 10, 2019

World-class sporting events draw spectators from around the globe to experience

a place like never before – with thousands of new friends. From cycling to tennis,

these top tournaments will tempt you to travel in 2019.

WORLDWIDE

SPORTING EVENTS

Get ready for an exciting year of sporting events that

will have you travelling around the world.

By Keph Senett