Africa Cup of Nations – 8 January-5 February – Gabon
THIS YEAR’S TOURNAMENT was due to be held in war-torn Libya but organisers moved it to Gabon in August 2014.
The hosts have been drawn in the same group as the tournaments least heralded team – Guinea-Bissau – while defending champions Ivory Coast will expect to get out of a group containing DR Congo, Morocco and Togo.
IBSF World Championship – 13-26 February - Konigsee, Germany
Bobsleigh is not just for Christmas and Cool Runnings, and the World Championships of the sport take place in Konigsee in Germany after being moved from Sochi earlier this month.
If watching people go downhill at tremendous speed is your thing, the skeleton championships take place the same week in the same venue.
Marathon des Sables – 7-17 April – Sahara Desert, Morocco
The infamous ‘marathon of the sands’ takes place over 251km and six days and is widely considered one of the toughest foot races in the world.
Possibly more for participants than spectators, at least you could say you were there.
Belmont Stakes – 10 June — New York, United States
Sure the Kentucky Derby gets all the headlines, but if a horse wants to win the coveted US Triple Crown, the final — and toughest — leg comes at the Belmont Stakes.
Knowns as ‘The Test of the Champion’ the race is run over 1.5 miles and, by the time the 2017 edition comes around, will be 150 years old.
Solheim Cup – 18-20 August – Iowa, United States
The United States will look to defend their title for the first time since 2009 when they take on Europe in Des Moines Golf and Country Club.
Billed most exciting event in women’s professional golf Europe will look to wrestle back the trophy they lost in Germany in 2017.
Rugby League World Cup – 26 October-2 December - Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea
Another sporting event that gives you the opportunity to travel and maybe even catch-up with relatives Down Under.
Ireland qualified for just their second-ever Rugby League World Cup by winning European Qualifying Group 2.
Grey Cup – 27 November – Ottawa, Canada
There are a number of lessons that the NFL could learn from Canadian football and the Grey Cup is a much cheaper alternative to the Super Bowl.
Give it a go, it’s bonkers but it’s fun.
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