April 2020: Spectator sport COVID-19 update here.
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If one city can lay claim to being the No1 sporting destination on the planet it's London.
Home to iconic events such as the London Marathon, Wimbledon and Royal Ascot the capital also attracts a stream of international events each year with the Cricket World Cup and World Para Swimming Championships among those hosted in 2019. This year the Skateboarding World Championships take place in the city ahead of the sports Olympic debut this summer, while Road to Tokyo qualifying events in athletics, boxing, canoe slalom and swimming also take place in London in 2020.
But that's only half the story with basketball, rugby, horse racing, netball, football, ice hockey, volleyball and cricket just some of the sports filling the seasonal calendar. Add to that a huge array of one-off and annual events featuring Olympic sports to niche sport but not as you've known it (anyone for drone racing or roller derby?) and locals and tourists alike are truly spoilt for spectator choice.
Home to a feast of local spectator sport Scotland also has a superb track record in hosting international events. It was Prince Imran of Malaysia - president of the Commonwealth Games Federation - who described the Glasgow 2014 as 'pure dead brilliant' and 'the best Games ever' cementing Scotland's reputation as a global destination for big sporting occasions.
Following the success of the 2018 European Championships and the 2019 Solheim Cup the LGT World Men's Curling Championship and Müller Indoor Grand Prix are just two highlights on a busy calendar of international events coming to Scottish shores in 2020. Add to that a rich variety of sport taking place all year round - from rugby to horse racing to Highland Games to athletics to golf to netball to speedway to football to boxing to shinty to much more (50+ sports at the last count!)- there is something for all tastes to enjoy.
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