From football to golf, here are some of the most exciting events to look out for…
GULF CUP OF NATIONS
(BAHRAIN, January 5-18)
The 21st edition of the biennial football competition will be hosted in Bahrain after the venue was moved from Basra, Iraq last year. The winners of last edition Kuwait, will be top seeded alongside hosts Bahrain for the group games as eight of the regions teams battle it out for the top prize.
AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS
(SOUTH AFRICA, January 19-February 10)
Although the venue had to be moved from Libya to South Africa, the 29th edition of the pan Africa football competition promises to be a thriller with the winner of the competition qualifying in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil.
INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE
(INDIA, April 3-May 26)
Although the city of Hyderabad lost its Deccan Chargers franchise, the new team representing the city, Sunrisers Hyderabad, will take on eight other teams in different cities around India.
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL
(LONDON, May 25)
The 2013 promises to be an exciting one with teams like Real Madrid , Barcelona, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Arsenal and many more in contention. The final will be hosted at Wembley stadium as the venue becomes the first in the competitions history to host the final twice in the last three years.
RUGBY WORLD CUP SEVENS
(MOSCOW, June 28-30)
After the Welsh men’s teams exciting win over Argentina in the 2009 edition of the title in Dubai, the event moves to Moscow in 2013.this will be the Arabian Gulf Teams second outing at the event.
THE CHAMPIONSHIPS, WIMBLEDON
(LONDON, June 24-July 7)
The oldest tennis tournament in the world saw reigning champion Roger Federer beat Andy Murray in a dramatic men’s final in 2012. Five time champion Serena Williams will defend her title in 2013.
TOUR DE FRANCE
(FRANCE, June 29-July 21)
After Lance Armstrong’s doping scandal earlier this year, the Tour will look to attract attention for the right reasons now. Last year’s competition saw Bradley Wiggins, the first British winner in the races 100 year old history.
(ENGLAND, July 10- August 25)
With England hosting this 113 year old historic biennial tournament in 2013, this tightly competition, traditional rivalry between the hosts and Australia will see a resurgent English team aiming to level the number of series wins.
FIFA BEACH SOCCER WORLD CUP
(TAHITI, September 18-28)
The Cup sees defending champions Russia taking on some of the best teams from around the globe.
(NEW YORK, August 26- September 8)
The final tennis Grand Slam of the year will see Andy Murray and Serena Williams defend their titles while the Bryan twins will try to win the Men’s Doubles again.
NATIONAL BANK OF OMAN GOLF CLASSIC
(MUSCAT, October 24-27)
Marking the first time the European Challenge Tour comes to the sultanate, 84 top golfers from around the world will compete at the capitals very own PGA Links Almouj Golf Course at The Wave, Muscat.
written by Mithuna Rajeev