Expect the drama of ‘succession’ in many nations and players to don their ‘shirts’ for the mega-events in 2022.
If you are into sports and / or electoral politics, you will probably also like 2022. There is a lot to come from all over the world in the New Year. In fact, the first big event on this list will see a clash between sport and politics. This may or may not be a good thing.
CHINA, February 4 to 20
The XXIV Olympic Winter Games will be held in Beijing, making it the first city in the world to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics after hosting the Summer Games in 2008. The problem, is that many great powers have announced a diplomatic boycott. to highlight concerns about human rights violations in China, especially of Muslim Uyghurs in Xinjiang. This would likely mean that countries will not send an official delegation to the Games, but their athletes will still compete.
SOUTH KOREA, March 9
The South Korean presidential election would be a key political event of the year. As a constitutional amendment in 1987 limited the South Korean presidency to a single five-year term, incumbent President Moon Jae-in, like his predecessors, cannot be in the running.
The two main candidates are Lee Jae-myung of the ruling Democratic Party (DP) and Yoon Seok-youl of the People Power Party (PPP), the main opposition. Lee is a former Governor of Gyeonggi Province, while Yoon is the former Attorney General of South Korea. A Gallup Korea poll in November 2021 found that Yoon was favored by 42% of those polled, while Lee had the support of 31%.
FRANCE, April 10
About a month after the South Korean election will take place the first round of the French presidential election on April 10. A second round will take place on April 24, if no one obtains a majority in the first.
It is not known if outgoing President Emmanuel Macron, who came to power in 2017, will be a candidate. Several opinion polls have shown that he will win if he chooses to participate.
The other strongest competitor is Valérie Pécresse of the conservative Les Républicains (LR) party. There is also the head of the far-right National Rally, Marine Le Pen, among others.
ENGLAND, June 2-5
Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 70th birthday as monarch in the Platinum Jubilee, the first such celebration in British history. The UK government has promised a ‘show once in a generation’ which ‘will combine the best of British ceremonial splendor and pageantry with cutting-edge art and technological exhibits’.
And for the first time ever, Jubilee beacons will be lit in every capital city of every Commonwealth country to mark the 70th anniversary of the Queen’s reign.
FRANCE, July 24-31
A female version of the Tour de France will take place in 2022 with a start on the iconic boulevard des Champs-Élysées in Paris after the end of the men’s race.
The “Tour de France Femmes” aims to become a staple of the women’s round-the-world cycling calendar after several unsuccessful attempts in the past.
The route and duration of the race were not immediately disclosed, but a video accompanying the launch says the runners will “tackle the toughest course” and “challenge the most iconic climbs.”
QATAR, 21 Nov-18 Dec
The first World Cup in the Middle East and the Arab World will start on November 21 and end on December 18 – Qatar National Day.
Throughout 10 years of preparations, Qatar has been rocked by controversy over the mega tournament, including allegations of corruption and bribes to secure the bid and which it failed to deliver. protect its 2 million workforce amid the deaths of thousands of migrant construction workers who built massive infrastructure and a brand new town, Lusail, to host the final match.
The tournament will be the last to involve 32 teams, with an increase to 48 teams slated for the 2026 edition in the United States, Mexico and Canada. India did not qualify for 2022, however.
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