Nov 30 (Reuters) – With the global health crisis lifted and Reuters photographers on hand at every major event, it’s been an amazing year for sports.
This year’s first major gathering puts athletes back in the most restrictive conditions of the pandemic as they compete on ice and snow at the Beijing Winter Olympics.
Fifteen-year-old figure skater Kamila Valieva was supposed to be the star of the Games, but her Olympics ended in disgrace after a failed doping test was revealed, raising serious concerns about children competing in elite sports.
Tennis’ all-time greats Serena Williams and Roger Federer bid emotional farewells to the sport they changed, while teenager Carlos Alcaraz announced himself as a talent who could dominate for years to come.
The Commonwealth Games in Birmingham hosted the world championships in motorsport, swimming and athletics, as well as the quadrennial jamboree in the former British colony.
Football will always be in the headlines, and by 2022, the year 2022 will be packed into stadiums to watch the world’s favorite game.
England won the Euros on home soil, Real Madrid claimed their 14th European crown, and the year ended with the Winter World Cup in the Gulf state of Qatar, further boosting the profile of women’s football.
Here’s a selection of Reuters’ best photos of the year: click here.
Written by Nick Mulvaney; Edited by Alexandra Hudson
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