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8 under-the-radar sporting events to look forward to this summer

Forget the Lions, Wimbledon and the Tour de France, here are some events that you may not know about.

1. The Homeless World Cup (August 10-18)

(Chile’s players celebrates at the end of the Homeless World Cup soccer tournament final match against Mexico in Mexico City’s Zocalo plaza - Marco Ugarte/AP/Press Association Images)

2. The World Police and Fire Games (August 1-10)

(Mike Graham (centre) President World Police & Fire Games (WPFG) with Dame Mary Peters 2013 WPFG Patron (left) and Deputy Chief Constable, Judith Giullespie during at photocall at the Stormont sports pavillion in Belfast - Paul Faith/PA Archive/Press Association Images)

3. The Irish World Cup (June 7-9)

(The competition is endorsed by John Aldridge – INPHO/Cathal Noonan)

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4. Universiade (July 12-August 4)

(Images of fireworks is displayed on a huge screen at the opening ceremony of the 26th Universiade games at Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen – Vincent Yu/AP/Press Association Images)

5. The World Games (July 25-August 4)


(The solo representative of China, center, stands behind the country sign board, among a mass of representatives from other countries during the opening ceremony of the World Games in the Main Stadium in 2009 – AP Photo/Hery Westheim)

6. Rugby World Cup Sevens (June 28-30)

(The South African team celebrates after winning the Cup final over Fiji in the USA Sevens round of the International Rugby Board World Series – Julie Jacobson/AP/Press Association Images)

7. The World Championships in Athletics (August 10-18)

(USA’s Bernard Lagat, Ethiopia’s Imane Merga and Dejen Gebremeskel and Great Britain’s Mo Farah battle for the line in the Men’s 5,000m final – Dave Thompson/PA Archive/Press Association Images)

8. The 2013 IRB Junior World Championship (June 5-23)

(The Irish team celebrate 5th place last year – INPHO/Ron Gaunt)

What have we missed?

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Paul Fennessy

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