With the world gearing up for the 2016 Summer Olympics, 2015 will prove to be a packed year for all the sports enthusiasts. Apart from the qualifying games, major world cup tournaments are also queued up to treat the fans. From cricket to athletics, here is a list of events that will feature at the top-most level this year:
ICC Cricket World Cup
With 14 teams competing for the top spot, the 11th edition of the tournament will jointly be hosted by Australia and New Zealand. India, the defending champion fits well in the top contenders for the cup as forecasted by its track record in the previous year. The tournament will begin from 14th February and will travel to the major cities like Melbourne, Wellington and Adelaide. Pool A with teams like Australia, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Bangladesh is to look out for.
FIFA Women’s Football World Cup
The tournament is being hosted by Canada and will start from 6th June. It will be a tough task for Japan, the defending champion, this time since USA, Germany and France have had better track records in 2014. By defeating USA in the 2011 World Cup, Japan became the first Asian country to win the cup.
Rugby World Cup
The 8th edition of the cup will be contested from 18th September in England. With 20 nations participating, common football stadiums like Manchester City Stadium and Wembley stadium will also host matches. New Zealand had a close victory against France in the previous World Cup and is a team along with Wales, Australia and England to look out for.
Winters World Masters Games
With around 40 sporting events, the games will be hosted by Canada from 31st January. Sports like skiing, ice hockey and triathlon will be featured at the event. With 30 being the lower age limit for competitors, former and present Olympic and world champions will be seen at the event.
Athletics World Championship
The 15th edition of the meet will be hosted by China from 22nd August. With India yet to announce its final squad, USA and the hosts are the top contenders for the overall tally.
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