Sporting Action Going Under the Radar

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Snooker, darts, table tennis and greyhounds are just some of the under-the-radar sports which are up and running already.

Snooker balls on the table at the Championship League

The sporting calendar is beginning to fill out following the easing of lockdown measures across the globe, with plenty more events gearing up for their returns.

The Bundesliga’s restart set the ball rolling as far as the top football leagues in Europe were concerned, with the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A resuming again later his month, while fans of Formula 1 and cricket can look forward to some elite-level competition in the not too distant future.

Golf and Tennis have already returned in some guise but things will be ramping up further over the course of the summer, providing of course that there are no setbacks in the battle against coronavirus.

These, and others, are the sort of sports that make the headlines but there is so much more to the sporting world and all are trying to get back to something approaching normality.

Greyhounds Back in the Traps

Horse racing’s comeback stole the limelight on Monday with the return of their greyhound counterparts perhaps going under the radar.

Unlike its “big brother” which has shaped a rescheduled season around re-arranged Classics, the big races in greyhounds have yet to be confirmed with the Greyhound Derby originally scheduled for April and May.

Sadly the coronavirus pandemic has played its part in the sad demise at Peterborough, but racing is at least firmly back on the agenda with action on throughout the day, seven days a week.

What’s more, you can follow all live greyhound races (and horse racing) from the UK with Live Streaming from ManshionBet.

Snooker in Milton Keynes

Snooker also returned on Monday and although there is perhaps not the same focus for tournaments such as the Championship League, the players have the big carrot of the World Championship to look forward to.

Originally scheduled to start on April 18, snooker’s showpiece event will now begin at the end of July and the likes of Judd Trump and Ronnie O’Sullivan will be looking for the confidence boost of a title win before the Crucible showpiece, with Trump the 2/1* favourite at Milton Keynes and the Rocket next best at 7/2.

Table Tennis: Masters League & More

Unfortunately for the stars of sports such as table tennis, the “big one” this year has been pushed back to 2021 with organisers taking the difficult decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics.

The show must go on though and there are still a number of tournaments going on right now in the Masters League, Setka Cup, TT Cup and Win Cup along with the Challenger and Pro Spin Series’.

Final Stages of the Darts Play at Home Tour

Darts seems to be ever-growing in popularity and thankfully for the sport, the World Championships look set to be unaffected by the coronavirus pandemic.

However, other tournaments have been impacted, with the Premier League on hiatus, but the powers that be have come up with a temporary and viable solution.

Although the absence of fans in darts is as surreal as in any sport, tungsten enthusiasts can still get their fix through the PDC Home Tour, Modus Icons League and Remote Darts League.

Business as Usual for Esports

One thing that lockdown measures may have done is engender a growing popularity in Esports, with everyone forced to stay indoors, having a crack at something on their PC or games console.

The pros have been busy as well – who knows they may not have known there was a lockdown in the first place – with plenty of action going on through League of Legends, Dota 2, Call of Duty and Counter-Strike Leagues’ around the world.

Thankfully sports have been able to ease the burden of lockdown and with measures starting to be scaled back, there is promise of much more to come over the next few weeks and months.

*All odds correct at time of writing

Warren has been employed as a sport journalist for over two decades and as well as years of written experience, has also worked in other areas of the media including radio and television. Football has always been his number one passion, but has also commentated and written on a number of other sports including golf, cricket, tennis and rugby.
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