Rio tops highlight reel

US gymnast Gabrielle Douglas competing at last year's World Gymnastics Championships. The Olympic all-around champion is seeking to make the five-woman team for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August.
US gymnast Gabrielle Douglas competing at last year's World Gymnastics Championships. The Olympic all-around champion is seeking to make the five-woman team for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August. PHOTO: ST FILE PHOTO
Singapore's top swimmer Joseph Schooling celebrating his men's 100m freestyle win at last June's SEA Games in Singapore. All eyes will be on the 20-year-old as he bids to win a first Olympic swimming medal for the Republic at the Rio Games in August.
Singapore's top swimmer Joseph Schooling celebrating his men's 100m freestyle win at last June's SEA Games in Singapore. All eyes will be on the 20-year-old as he bids to win a first Olympic swimming medal for the Republic at the Rio Games in August.PHOTO: ST FILE PHOTO
Jordan Spieth in action during the 2015 Presidents Cup. The world No. 1 will be taking part in the SMBC Singapore Open starting on Jan 28.
Jordan Spieth in action during the 2015 Presidents Cup. The world No. 1 will be taking part in the SMBC Singapore Open starting on Jan 28.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

After a four-year wait, another Olympic and Paralympic year is upon us and, with it, an additional buzz to a year that already promises much for sports fans to be excited about. The Straits Times picks out some of the events to look forward to in 2016.

January

3-16 Motor sports - Dakar Rally

17-31 Handball - Men's World Championship, Poland

18-31 Tennis - Australian Open, Melbourne

21-24 Golf - European Tour Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

  • Key sports events

    The highlight of the year will no doubt be the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, the first time the quadrennial event will be held in South America.

    The Games could also be a historic one for Singapore - as swimmer Joseph Schooling, a world championship bronze medallist, bids to win the nation's first swimming medal at the Olympics.

    Table Tennis World Team Championships

    Feb 28-March 6: Causeway neighbour Malaysia host the team instalment of the world championships in Kuala Lumpur.

    Uefa European Championship

    June 10-July 10: France will host the quadrennial football tournament across 10 cities. Can defending champions Spain bounce back from their disastrous World Cup title defence?

    Olympic Games

    Aug 5-21: Golf and rugby will be added to the Olympic programme when the Games take place in Rio de Janeiro.

    Paralympic Games

    Sept 7-18: The first time that the quadrennial multi-sport event for athletes with disabilities is taking place in South America.

  • Major EPL games

    Can Arsenal maintain their slender lead at the top of the table to win their first English Premier League football title in more than a decade?

    Or can Leicester do what no one thought possible at the beginning of the season and be the unlikely champions?

    What about Manchester United - can the under-performing Red Devils find their groove again?

    Here are some key fixtures that could shape what promises to be an exciting finish to the 2015-16 season:

    Jan 13 Liverpool v Arsenal, Spurs v Leicester

    Jan 17 Liverpool v Man Utd

    Jan 24 Arsenal v Chelsea

    Feb 6 Man City v Leicester

    Feb 13 Arsenal v Leicester

    Feb 14 Man City v Spurs

    Feb 28 Man Utd v Arsenal, Liverpool v Everton

    March 5 Tottenham v Arsenal

    March 12 Liverpool v Chelsea

    March 19 Man City v Man Utd

    April 16 Chelsea v Man City

    April 30 Man Utd v Leicester

    May 7 Man City v Arsenal

    May 15 Chelsea v Leicester

  • Local highlights

    Singapore fans will again be treated to some top-level sports action, with some of the world's best athletes set to compete.

    The SMBC Singapore Open from Jan 28-31, for instance, will bring top golfers including world No. 1 Jordan Spieth and Major winners like Darren Clarke and Yang Yong Eun here.

    In fact the world's best athletes from badminton, rugby, swimming, tennis and Formula One are all set to make pit stops in Singapore in 2016.

    SMBC Singapore Open

    Jan 28-31: After a three-year hiatus, the country's top golf tournament is making a comeback.

    HSBC Women's Champions

    March 3-6: Annual tournament featuring top women golfers.

    OUE Singapore Open

    April 7-12: Top badminton stars will look to tune-up for August's Rio Olympics at the Superseries event.

    World Rugby Sevens Series

    April 16-17: The Singapore leg of the tournament could see participation from World Cup winners Sonny Bill Williams and Liam Messam.

    Horse racing

    There may no longer be any Singapore Airlines International Cup, but fans can still look to the Emirates Singapore Derby (July 10) and Longines Singapore Gold Cup (Nov 20) for high-stakes races.

    F1 Singapore Grand Prix

    Sept 16-18: Formula One racing at the Marina Bay Street Circuit returns for a ninth edition.

    Fina World Cup series

    Oct 22-23: Short-course swimming event held over nine legs.

    WTA Finals Singapore

    Oct 24-31: The third instalment of the prestigious season-ender for the professional women's tennis tour.

    International Premier

    Tennis League

    December: The mixed-team tournament has world No. 1 Novak Djokovic playing for the Singapore side.

28-31 Golf - SMBC Singapore Open, Singapore


February

7 American football - Super Bowl, Santa Clara, California

14 Basketball - NBA All-Star game, Toronto

16-17 Football - Champions League round of 16, 1st leg

23-24 Football - Champions League round of 16, 1st leg

28-March 6 Table tennis - World Team Championships, Kuala Lumpur

28 Football - English League Cup final, London


March

2-6 Cycling - World Track Championships, London

3-6 Golf - WGC-Cadillac Championship, Doral, Florida. HSBC Women's Champions, Singapore

7-20 Tennis - BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells, California

8-9, Football - Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg

8-13 Badminton - All-England Championships, Birmingham

15-16 Football - Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg

17-20 Athletics - World Indoor Championships, Portland

18-20 Formula 1 - Australian GP, Melbourne

28-April 3 Figure skating - World Championships, Boston

31-April 3 Golf - LPGA ANA Inspiration, Rancho Mirage, California

TBC Football - S-League kicks off


April

1-3 Formula 1 - Bahrain GP, Sakhir

5-6 Football - Champions League quarter-finals, 1st leg

7-10 Golf - Masters, Augusta, Georgia

9 Horse racing - Grand National, Aintree, England

12-13 Football - Champions League quarter-finals, 2nd leg

12-17 Badminton - OUE Singapore Open, Singapore

15-17 Formula 1 - Chinese GP, Shanghai

16-17 Rugby - World Sevens Series, Singapore

16-May 2 Snooker - World Championship , Sheffield , England

18 Athletics - Boston Marathon

26-27 Football - Champions League semi-finals, 1st leg

29-May 1 Formula 1 - Russian GP, Sochi


May

3-4 Football - Champions League semi-finals, 2nd leg

4-8 Athletics - Asian Masters Athletics Championships, Singapore

6 Mixed martial arts - ONE FC

6-29 Cycling - Giro d'Italia

12-15 Golf - Players Championship, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

13-15 Formula 1 - Spanish GP, Catalunya

22 ST Run - F1 Pit Building, Singapore

23-June 5 Tennis - French Open, Roland Garros, Paris

26-29 Formula 1 - Monaco GP, Monte Carlo

28 Football - Champions League final, Milan


June

2 Basketball - Start of NBA Finals

9-12 Golf - KPMG Women's PGA Championship, Sammamish, Washington

10-12 Formula 1 - Canadian GP, Montreal

10-July 10 Football - European Championship, France

16-19 Golf - US Open, Oakmont, Pennsylvania

17-19 Formula 1 - European GP, Baku

27-July 10 Tennis - Wimbledon, London


July

1-3 Formula 1 - Austrian GP, Spielberg

2-24 Cycling - Tour de France

7-10 Golf - LPGA US Women's Open, San Martin, California

8-10 Formula 1 - British GP, Silverstone

10 Horse racing - Emirates Singapore Derby, Singapore

14-17 Golf - British Open, Ayrshire, Scotland

22-24 Formula 1 - Hungarian GP, Hungaroring

28-31 Golf - PGA Championship, Springfield, New Jersey. LPGA Women's British Open, Milton Keynes

29-31 Formula 1 - German GP, Hockenheim


August

5-21 Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro

20-Sept 11 Cycling - Tour of Spain

26-28 Formula 1 - Belgian GP, Spa-Francorchamps

29-Sept 11 Tennis - US Open, Flushing Meadows, New York


September

2-4 Formula 1 - Italian GP, Monza

4-10 Netball - Nations Cup, Singapore

7-18 Paralympic Games, Rio de Janeiro

16-18 Formula 1 - Singapore GP, Singapore

15-18 LPGA Evian Championship, Evian, France

30-Oct 2 Formula 1 - Malaysian GP, Kuala Lumpur


October

7-9 Formula 1 - Japanese GP, Suzuka

9-16 Cycling - World Road Race Championships, Doha

21-22 Swimming - Fina World Cup, Singapore

21-23 Formula 1 - United States GP, Austin

24-31 Tennis - WTA Finals, Singapore

25 Baseball - Start of World Series

28-30 Formula 1 - Mexican GP, Mexico City


November

1 Horse racing - Melbourne Cup

11 Mixed martial arts - ONE FC, Singapore

11-13 Formula 1 - Brazilian GP, Interlagos

12-13 Tennis - Fed Cup final

14-20 Tennis - ATP World Tour Finals, London

17-20 Golf - DP World Tour Championship, Dubai

20 Horse racing - Longines Gold Cup, Singapore

25-27 Formula 1 - Abu Dhabi GP, Yas Marina Circuit

25-27 Tennis - Davis Cup final


December

4 Athletics - Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore

14-18 Badminton - SuperSeries Finals, Dubai

TBC Football - Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup, Myanmar and the Philippines

TBC Tennis - International Premier Tennis League

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 01, 2016, with the headline 'Rio tops highlight reel'. Print Edition | Subscribe