OPEN – We’re opening up in Singapore, so are there world class sporting events we can watch in person in Singapore this year, including Sundown (Marathon) track events?

Bye-bye Covid, hello live sport in the Lion City, as Singapore welcomes international sporting entertainment for its frustrated fans

With Singapore making an exciting and unprecedented bid to host the 2025 World Athletic Championships, the doors are clearly open for the Republic to host some of sports biggest stars once again after a painful period of pandemic-related downtime.

The World Athletics Championships come with everything that the Olympics track and field events bring to the stage, every two years. In July this year, (delayed a year because of Covid), they take place in Eugene, Oregon on the west coast of the USA. In 2023 they’ll be in Budapest, Hungary, while Singapore competes for hosting rights with Kenya and Japan for 2025. A decision will be made this July.

Ahead of that, here are three big events and a Gym Pod bonus to catch up with in Singapore and our neighbouring countries this year.

The Singapore 7s
The HSBC Singapore Rugby 7s returns to the National Stadium this week on the 9th and 10th of April. Ticket prices range from $49 to $349.

Organisers say they’ve confirmed the world’s top rugby 7s players from 16 teams. The Singapore leg is the fifth of nine men’s tournaments, which started with two events in Dubai in November and December last year. South Africa has dominated so far.

Organisers say they are working closely with the authorities to stage the event safely in accordance with Singapore’s safe management measures. 

Underdogs Kenya and Canada won the 2016 and 2017 Singapore titles respectively, while 2018 concluded in dramatic fashion when Fiji triumphed over Australia by the slimmest of margins in what will be remembered as one of the great 7s encounters. Prior to the pandemic, in 2019 South Africa edged out Fiji 20-19 in a remarkable comeback win to clinch its first-ever HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens title.

Tickets which were purchased for the 2020 edition remain valid for the 2022 event. 

Premier League Teams
Manchester United are making a pre-season appearance in Bangkok on July 12th, where they take on Liverpool, followed by two matches in Melbourne. Liverpool’s plans aren’t yet complete but there is talk about a game in Singapore, possibly against Crystal Palace, who are lined up as one of United’s opponents in Australia. Watch out for news on that. 

European clubs love to come to Asia where they have a big following, but often announce their plans late, so keep an eye out for games in the region featuring not only English teams but clubs from the German Bundesliga, Italian Serie A and Spain’s La Liga, with French club Paris St. Germain also likely to be keen on a money-grabbing tour.

ONE Championship
In close collaboration with the Singapore government, ONE Championship’s combat sports shows (mixed martial arts, kickboxing and Muay Thai) have endured during the pandemic but the 10-year celebratory ONE X event last month saw healthy in-person attendance for the first time. That is the start of things to come over a packed calendar that will mainly be in Singapore but should branch out to the region over the coming months.

With 1-2 events each month, the next big show is planned for April 22nd at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, with the men’s ONE Lightweight Kickboxing World Championship and women’s ONE Straw-weight World Championship belts on the line.

Sundown Marathon
Keep an eye out also for Sundown Marathon’s collaboration with the Singapore Athletics Association, which is currently scheduling events in July, October and January 2023. Included in the rundown is a special format for the blue ribbon 100m race. 

We’ll keep you updated here on when more details are available.

Singapore-based Steve Dawson is a seasoned sports journalist and broadcaster who has covered thousands of sporting events at arenas, in studios and hunkered down in commentary booths.
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