Action packed year for Indian athletes, year starts with Hockey World Cup

Action packed year for Indian athletes, year starts with Hockey World Cup

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With a record number of medals won at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, India's athletes will be hoping to continue their winning streak in 2023, which is set to be another action-packed year in sports. 2023 will be crucial for the athletes hoping to qualify for the Summer Games as 2024 isn't far ahead.

The 2023 sporting calendar includes many significant quadrennial events in addition to the yearly tennis Grand Slams, Asian, and global championships for a variety of sports. The Asian Games, which were postponed from last year because to COVID-19, will now take place in Hangzhou, China, in September, while the forthcoming FIH Men's Hockey World Cup 2023 will take place in Odisha, India, in January.

Despite India's absence from the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 in New Zealand and Australia, Indian football fans will still have the World Cup to look forward to in July-August.

However, the Indian men's football team has earned a spot in the 2023 AFC Asian Cup, which will take place in China from June 16 to July 16. The continental championship, however, may be moved to late 2023 or early 2024 if Qatar is chosen as the site at the last minute in order to escape the hot summer months in the Gulf.

Badminton will be in the spotlight in 2023 thanks to India's historic Thomas Cup triumph in 2022, with supporters hoping to players like PV Sindhu, Lakshya Sen, HS Prannoy, and Kidambi Srikanth to bring home additional gold from prestigious tournaments across the world.

Indian track and field athletes did well in 2022 as well, and athletes like Neeraj Chopra, Avinash Sable, and Eldhose Paul are looking forward to an even better year in 2023. Their main events will be the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary in August.

Here are some of the major athletic events that India will be anticipating in 2023.

India's 2023 sporting calendar, including the times of events

January 13-29    Men's Hockey World Cup

January 16-29    Australian Open

January 31         Khelo India Youth Games

March 15-31      Women's World Boxing Championships Boxing

March 14-19      All England Badminton Championships

March 28           Asian Wrestling Championships Wrestling

May 1-14           Men's World Boxing Championships

May 3-13           Asian Weightlifting Championships

May 5                Doha Diamond League

May 22-28         World Table Tennis Championships

May 28              French Open

July 3-13           Wimbledon Championships

July 20              Women's FIFA World Cup

July 14-30         World Aquatics Championships Swimming

August 19-27     World Athletics Championships Athletics

August 21-27     World Badminton Championships        

August 28          US Open

September 2      World Weightlifting Championships

September 3      World Rowing Championships

September 16    World Wrestling Championships

September 23    Asian Games     

December 13     World Tour Finals

TBD                  AFC Asian Cup

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