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Best and Worst of Sports 2021

The Best :

1. Formula 1

The 2021 season has been one of the best F1 seasons so far. The 2021 world champion Max Verstappen has had an incredible season with a very tight final between him and Lewis Hamilton. It has been said to be one of the most chaotic and controversial title showdowns in the history of F1 racing as the fight for 1st place was very intense. Although it seemed like Hamilton was in the lead and Verstappen wasn't able to shorten the gap to Hamilton under 10 seconds; Verstappen carried on fighting and ended up winning. 2. Eurocopa

The winner of the UEFA Euro cup 2020 Italy beat England in a very tight game where they drew 1-1 and Italy won 3-2 in the penalties. The final took place in no other than the Wembley Stadium in London where all the English fans were able to see their national team play.

3. Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics

The Summer Olympics this year were held in Tokyo and took place from July 23 to August 8. No surprise, the USA finished first with 39 gold medals, 41 silver and 33 bronze medals. In second place came China with 38 gold, 32 silver and 18 bronze medals.

4. Superbowl

The Super Bowl LV was the championship game of the US’ National Football League (NFL) between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated their opponent 31-9 and took the title at the 55th Super Bowl. It took place on February 7 at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa and the crowd was delighted to cheer on their home team.

5. The Laver Cup

This year’s Laver Cup was held in Boston and lasted an intense and memorable weekend. Europe remained reigning champions after 4 Laver Cups and the landslide victory (14-1) allowed Europe to hold on to the title. Unfortunately we weren’t able to see any of the Big Three in action but we were able to witness some outstanding tennis from many of the top-10 ATP players such as Daniil Medvedev and Tsitsipas.

The Worst

1. Champions League Last 16 Draw Redrawn

This catastrophic event showed just how corrupt and tricked these draws could be and have left a very poor impression for the UEFA. Firstly, Villareal was paired with Manchester United, their opponents from Group F and later on Atletico Madrid were to be paired with Manchester United and as they were not eligible, this increased the possibility of other teams being paired with Atletico and was very unfair. The respective teams decided to talk to UEFA about the disastrous event and it was agreed that it would be redone.

2. Tennis Legend Manolo Santana Dies

At the age of 83, the spanish tennis legend Manolo Santana sadly passed away in his home in Marbella on December 11. He was a two time finalist in the Davis Cup, won four Grand Slams and won a gold and silver medal in the olympics. Rafa Nadal reacted to his death and paid his respects and showed his love towards the only other Spanish winner of Wimbledon.

3. Djokovic Loses His Temper in the Olympics

Djokovic had a very surprising and almost disrespectful reaction after losing the semi-final in the Olympics to Alexander Zverev. He had already shown aggressive behaviour by shouting to a startled ballgirl in the fourth round. After losing the bronze-medal match he lost his opportunity to complete the Golden Slam however many think that his reaction was still inappropriate. Moreover, after losing this match he pulled out from the mixed doubles match, another sign of disrespect and inappropriate behaviour.

Gabriela P-H, Year 11

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