Major sporting events this summer

The great British summer always delivers in terms of sporting action.

Of course the weather is not always reliable, but we are always guaranteed a sports party on the menu.

Indeed, there is a theory that Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has called the July 4 general election to capitalize on the country’s good mood around the European Championship, Wimbledon and other sporting events.

Of course, that’s no guarantee for Mr Sunak if something goes wrong.

That said, it’s high time for sports fans as several major sporting events kick off in June.

Most events have wall-to-wall TV coverage, so if you’re not heading to Germany for the Euros or Ascot for the races, you can follow the action on TV.

Below we highlight some highlights taking place this summer.

Euro 2024: June 14-July 14
For most football fans, the big date on the calendar is the kick-off for Euro 2024 on June 14.

The month-long event takes place in Germany, where England – for once – appear to deserve the title of favourites.

Scotland will also look to influence the tournament, one of the few tournaments it has qualified for in recent decades.

But with Ronaldo, Mbappe, Kane et al ready to go, this looks set to be a classic.

ITV and BBC will show every match live, so there’s no excuse to miss the action.

And if the weather holds, expect big screens to show the action across the country.

Royal Ascot: June 18-22
There’s nothing like Royal Ascot.

Unique thanks to its relationship with the Royal Family, the meeting is nevertheless brilliant from a purely sporting perspective, with eight Group 1 races including the Ascot Gold Cup.

June is a spectacular month for racing fans around the world, with the Belmont Stakes taking place in the United States.

Belmont Stakes betting odds are now out for the prestigious third leg of the American Triple Crown, and as with Royal Ascot, millions will be wagered on some of the world’s greatest racehorses.

ITV will show all the major races from Royal Ascot live.

Wimbledon: July 1-14
Wimbledon, which takes place at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, is the third of the four Grand Slams on the tennis calendar and is taking place for the 137th time.

This makes Wimbledon the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world for fourteen days.

It was founded in 1877 and offers men’s and women’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles on grass courts.

Known for its strict dress code, strawberries and cream tradition and royal patronage, Wimbledon attracts top players and spectators from all over the world.

So rackets and balls at the ready, this two-week event promises to be another epic one.

The Open Golf Championships: July 18-21
The 2024 Open Golf Championship returns to Scotland this summer and will be held at Royal Troon Golf Club.

As the oldest of the four major golf championships, The Open is known for its rich history and challenging links courses.

Top golfers from around the world will compete for the coveted Claret Jug, showcasing their skills in unpredictable weather and natural terrain.

Known for its tradition and prestige, The Open attracts avid golf fans and is celebrated for its contribution to the sport’s heritage and global appeal.

Olympic Games in Paris: July 26 to August 11
The 2024 Olympic Games in Paris will be the third time Paris has hosted it after 1900 and 1924.

Celebrated for their iconic locations, the Games feature events at historic sites such as the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Élysées and the River Seine.

About 10,500 athletes from more than 200 countries will compete in 32 sports, including new additions this year such as breakdancing.

The Games emphasize sustainability and strive for minimal environmental impact and inclusivity.

The 2024 Olympic Games in Paris promise to combine tradition with innovation, showcasing the spirit of sport against the backdrop of one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

It’s two weeks of wall-to-wall sports drama and action.