Major Global Events To Look Forward To In 2023

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2022 was filled with a lot of unpredictable events that took the world by shock. Whether it was the Russia-Ukraine war or Queen Elizabeth II’s demise, they were all unforeseen. Among the many global events to look forward to in 2023, the most history-defining moment will be the coronation of King Charles III.

The coronation would be the first of a British monarch in the 21st century. As such, it would be the first event that the generations born after 2 June 1953 will see in their lives. But apart from the coronation, there are several other prominent political, cultural, and sporting events in the pipeline.

Some of these global events are to be held in Asia. Among them are the Thailand general elections, the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in India, and the 19th Asian Games which was postponed from 2022.

The four tennis Grand Slams may also be an emotional watch for many as 2023 is the first calendar year in the sport after the retirement of Roger Federer and Serena Williams. All eyes are to be on Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, and their respective quests for more Grand Slam trophies.

27 January will also mark the 100-year anniversary of the Walt Disney Company, which will be celebrated at all the Disneyland theme parks worldwide, and is therefore a significant global event.

6 May is significant because of the coronation of King Charles III. The coronation is a symbolic ceremony and will be held at Westminster Abbey in London. Reports suggest that this major event in 2023, code-named Operation Golden Orb, may likely be less grand than that of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation. It will also see representations from a wide range of religions.

One of the major significant sporting events of the year, the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be jointly co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. A total of 32 teams from all six football confederations will be participating in the tournament.

Australia is a member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and New Zealand is a member of the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC). It is, therefore, the first time that a FIFA World Cup, men’s or women’s, is being hosted by countries of different confederations.

The 13th edition of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup is another major sporting event of 2023, especially for South Asian countries where cricket is the dominant sport.

In this major event in 2023, India will be the host of the men’s team tournament for the first time as a solo. Previously, the tournament was co-hosted by India with other South Asian countries.

Played under the 50-over format, the World Cup will see defending champions England try to beat nine other qualifiers to become only the fourth nation to win it more than once and only the third to do so consecutive times.

One of the world’s most famous landmarks and the most famous tourist destination in Australia, the Sydney Opera house was formally opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 20 October 1973.

It is today one of the busiest performing arts centers, with over 2000 shows every year attended by over 1.5 million people. The iconic building — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — is visited by over 8.2 million tourists every year.

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