What a sporting year 2021 was, with many major events that had originally been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic finally taking place.
And 2022 looks as if it's going to be even busier! The Winter Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Women's Euros and the men's Fifa World Cup are just some of the sporting events due to take place this year, alongside the usual annual events such as the Six Nations, Wimbledon and the FA Cup finals. Let's take a closer look at some of the biggest sporting events to look out for this year.
China's capital city, Beijing, will host the 2022 Winter Olympics from 4-20 February as well as the Winter Paralympic Games, which will take place a month later between 4-13 March. Beijing will become the first city in the world to have hosted both the Winter and Summer Games - having held the latter back in 2008.
RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP
Originally scheduled to take place in England last summer, the tournament was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and will now take place between 15 October-19 November. The tournament will feature 61 games, with separate tournaments for men, women and wheelchair players.
FIFA WORLD CUP
The tournament is being played in the winter for the first time in its history, because Qatar, which is a small country next to Saudi Arabia, has extremely hot summers and warm winters. The first match will be played on the 21 November, with the final in the capital Doha a week before Christmas on 18 December.
The Women's Euros are not the only major tournament taking place in the UK this year. The city of Birmingham in the West Midlands will host the Commonwealth Games between 28 July-8 August. For the first time in Commonwealth Games history, the schedule features more medal events for women than men across 19 different sports.