Sports fans have had little to cheer about in 2020, as the sporting calendar all over the planet was decimated due to the global pandemic.
The situation is still unclear as regards the events we can look forward to in 2021, but the following are a few of the most interesting possibilities that might occur next year.
Golf – The Malaysian Open
The Malaysian Open was first played in 1962. It disappeared from the professional golf circuit for a few years lately, but came back in 2020 as part of the Asian Tour. It has never been won by a Malaysian golfer, so 2021 would be the perfect time to change that.
The Malaysian number one golfer, Gavin Green, hasn’t been in great form this year, though, and just dropped out of contention in the Joburg Open in South Africa.
2020 saw a $1 million prize fund up for grabs at the Kota Permai Golf & Country Club, with Trevor Simsby beating Andrew Dodt in a sudden death play-off to claim first place. Previous winners include big names like Lee Westwood and Vijay Singh. Look for the latest golf betting advice to see who the favorites are likely to be this year.
There appears to be nothing confirmed yet for this tournament in 2021, with the Asian Tour organizers still trying to re-schedule events that couldn’t take place this year.
In the past, it has taken place regularly at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club, now known as TPC Kuala Lumpur, but we need to wait a bit longer to see what happens next year and where.
Badminton - Malaysia Masters
This top-class badminton event is due to take place at the start of the year, with 19-24 January marked in for 2021. However, at the time of writing, the event is showing as “postponed” with no new date on the official site for this $400,000 tournament.
In 2020, it took place at the Axiata Arena and was officially known as the Perodua Malaysia Masters. It was the first leg of the 2020 BWF World Tour, and Kento Momota won the men’s title while Chen Yufei was the women’s champion.
Staying with badminton, there has been some doubt over where the 2021 Malaysia Open will remain as an Olympic qualifier, with claims that Singapore may host a qualifying bubble instead. However, the Badminton Association of Malaysia has confirmed that they expect this event to go ahead as normal.
A Series of Marathons and Other Runs
Marathons are now hugely popular across Malaysia, with the likes of the Sun Life Malaysia Resolution Run, the Bukit Kiara Ultra Challenge, the Miri Marathon, and the Borneo Marathon all scheduled to take place in 2020.
Not all of these events could take place last year, and it still isn’t clear which ones will be run in 2021. For example, the Miri Marathon had to be cancelled in 2020 due the Covid-19 and there is no word yet of whether we can expect it to be scheduled in 2021.
However, given the popularity of these races, it seems certain that we get to enjoy some marathons and other runs this year. Anyone who wants to blow off the cobwebs after a difficult 2020 will be keen to take part next year.
With a lot of doubts still surrounding the sporting calendar in Malaysia for 2021, it is a good idea to keep an eye on the latest new stories in this respect.
With a bit of luck, we all get to enjoy a year of great sporting action after all. If not, at least we can enjoy some online betting in our favorite sports remotely. Click here to see the current NBA odds for the season that takes off in the 21st of December.
Keep informed, so even if you are far away from the venues you can still enjoy the events!