The Summer Olympics. Twenty20 Cricket World Cup. European football championships.
It is not often that these three global sporting events are all held in the same year and that is the reason why 2016 will be a special year for sports fans.
Here’s a peek at the top five sporting spectacles the new year holds in store:
Summer Olympics (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
The biggest sporting spectacle of the year will be hosted by Brazil in 2016 and if the 2014 Fifa World Cup hosted by the South American country was any indication, it is guaranteed to be an occasion of a lifetime. The Olympics will be held between August 5 and August 21 and for these 16 days, Brazil will play host to the biggest names in the widest variety of sports - sportspersons who have trained for years to be able to give their 100% to immortalise their name, and that of their country, in sporting history.
US Open (New York City)
The four Grand Slams are, of course, equally important for all tennis players but the US Open, the last major of the year which will take place between August 29-September 11, will be extra special for the fans as the men’s singles category has seen four different champions in the last four years. In 2015, Novak Djokovic pipped Roger Federer for the title, but this year, all the big names will be looking to take the crown away from the Serb. It will also be important for Indian tennis star Sania Mirza as she will look to defend her women’s doubles title which she won with Swiss legend Martina Hingis.
ICC World Twenty20 (India)
India will host the biggest international T20 cricket tournament this time when the ICC World Twenty20 will kick off on March 8. It will be a great chance for defending champions Sri Lanka to keep their title as the spin-friendly subcontinent pitches, which they have a lot of experience on, will favour their players. But all the other teams, including the host, will also fight till the last ball to clinch the title in the April 3 final in Kolkata.
However, the biggest attraction of the tournament is likely to be the group stage battle between arch rivals India and Pakistan when they face each other in Dharamsala on March 19.
Euro 2016 (France)
The year 2015 was quite rough for football as its governing body, Fifa, was at the centre of a huge corruption scandal, but the new year will see the top 24 European nations fighting it out to claim the Euro 2016 title in France. The qualification process produced quite a lot of interesting results and except for 1988 champions, the Netherlands, all the big teams will be vying for the top prize in the tournament which will be held between June 10-July 10.
Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Rio de Janeiro will be the venue for yet another global spectacle as it will host the Summer Paralympic Games between September 7 to September 18. The tournament will see paralympic athletes from around the world competing in 526 events over the one-and-a-half-week period who will work hard to make their country proud. India will also be looking to improve their performance from the last games after only one silver medal in 2012.