2019 in Indian Sports – Major Events Schedule

The pre-Olympic year is always a big year in sport and 2019 is no different. The year provides sportspersons struggling with form or injury the last opportunity to make any major technique changes or improvements, while athletes playing well look to discover that winning feeling going into Tokyo 2020. 2019 will also see World Championships that double up as Olympic Qualifiers, besides other Olympic qualification tournaments.

Below is a full schedule for announced major events in 2019 that are expected to see participation from elite Indian athletes and Olympic medal hopefuls. 

Besides the quintessential Indian sport of cricket, only those sports are included which, in this writer’s opinion, may see India win medals in Tokyo, namely badminton, wrestling, shooting, archery, tennis, hockey, weightlifting, athletics and artistic gymnastics. Table Tennis is also included on account of the breakthrough performances in 2018.

Boxing has not been included as its schedule is currently in limbo with the IOC having frozen contact with AIBA. No junior or youth level tournaments are included, except in weightlifting where they contribute towards the world rankings that form the basis for Olympic qualification. Also, no domestic tournaments or commercial leagues have been included.


JANUARY:

Dates

Sport

Event

Comments

01-05

Tennis

Maharashtra Open

ATP 250

05-31
(*Feb 1)

Football

AFC Asian Cup

Champion of Asia

14-27

Tennis

Australian Open

Grand Slam

15-20

Badminton

Malaysia Masters

Super 500

15-20

Table Tennis

Hungarian Open

World Tour

22-27

Badminton

Indonesia Masters

Super 500

23-10

Cricket

India Tour of New Zealand

5 ODIs, 3 T20Is

24-27

Wrestling

Grand Prix Ivan Yariguin, Russia

Freestyle Ranking Series

24-10

Cricket

India tour of New Zealand Women

3 ODIs, 3 T20Is

 

FEBRUARY:

Dates

Sport

Event

Comments

01-02

Tennis

Davis Cup Qualifiers: India v Italy

 

07-10

Weightlifting

EGAT Cup, Thailand

Oly Qual Ranking – Silver Level

08-10

Wrestling

Grand Prix Zagreb Open

Greco Ranking Series

14-10

Cricket

England Tour of India Women

3 ODIs, 3 T20Is (to be confirmed)

17-23

Tennis

Dubai Open

WTA Premier 5

21-24

Gymnastics

Apparatus World Cup, Melbourne

Contributes to Olympic Qualification

22-27

Shooting

World Cup Rifle/Pistol, New Delhi

Olympic Qualifier

22-27

Weightlifting

World Cup, China

Oly Qual Ranking – Silver Level

23-24

Wrestling

Hungarian Grand Prix

Greco Ranking Series

24-13

Cricket

Australia Tour of India

5 ODIs, 2 T20Is

 

MARCH:

Dates

Sport

Event

Comments

TBA

Cricket

Zimbabwe Tour of India

1 Test, 3 ODIs

01-05

Weightlifting

Fajr Cup, Iran

Oly Qual Ranking – Silver Level

06-10

Badminton

All England Championships

Super 1000

06-17

Tennis

BNP Paribas Open, USA

ATP 1000, WTA Premier Mandatory

08-15

Weightlifting

Las Vegas International Open

Oly Qual Ranking – Bronze Level

14-17

Gymnastics

Apparatus World Cup, Baku

Contributes to Olympic Qualification

17-19

Athletics

Asian 20KM Championships, Japan

 

17-25

Shooting

World Cup Shotgun, Mexico

Olympic Qualifier

19-31

Tennis

Miami Open

ATP 1000, WTA Premier Mandatory

20-23

Gymnastics

Apparatus World Cup, Doha

Contributes to Olympic Qualification

26-31

Badminton

Indian Open

Super 500

26-31

Table Tennis

Qatar Open

World Tour Platinum

27-01

Shooting

10m Asian Championship, Taipei

No Olympic Qualification

31

Wrestling

Beat the Streets: India v USA, LA

Women only

 

APRIL:

Dates

Sport

Event

Comments

02-07

Badminton

Malaysia Open

Super 750

05-07

Table Tennis

Asian Cup, Japan

 

07-15

Shooting

World Cup Shotgun, UAE

Olympic Qualifier

09-14

Badminton

Singapore Open

Super 500

14-21

Tennis

Monte Carlo Masters

ATP 1000

20-30

Weightlifting

Asian Championships, China

Oly Qual Ranking – Gold Level

21-24

Athletics

Asian Championships, Doha

 

21-28

Table Tennis

World Championships, Budapest

 

23-28

Badminton

Asia Championships, China

 

23-28

Wrestling

Asian Championships, China

No Olympic Qualification

23-28

Shooting

World Cup Rifle/Pistol, China

Olympic Qualifier

23-28

Archery

World Cup, Colombia

No Olympic Qualification

 

MAY:

Dates

Sport

Event

Comments

04-12

Tennis

Madrid Open

ATP 1000, WTA Premier Mandatory

07-12

Archery

World Cup, China

No Olympic Qualification

09-17

Shooting

World Cup Shotgun, Korea

Olympic Qualifier

11-12

Weightlifting

Grand Prix, Peru

Oly Qual Ranking – Silver Level

11-12

Athletics

World Relays, Japan

 

12-19

Tennis

Italian Open

ATP 1000, WTA Premier 5

18

Athletics

Diamond League, Shanghai

Men’s Javelin Throw Included

19-21

Gymnastics

World Challenge Cup, China

No Olympic Qualification

19-26

Badminton

Sudirman Cup, China

 

21-26

Archery

World Cup, Turkey

No Olympic Qualification

23-26

Gymnastics

World Challenge Cup, Croatia

No Olympic Qualification

24-25

Wrestling

Sassari City Open, Italy

Ranking Series

26-30

Shooting

World Cup Rifle/Pistol, Munich

Olympic Qualifier

26-09

Tennis

French Open

Grand Slam

28-02

Table Tennis

China Open

World Tour Platinum

30-02

Gymnastics

World Challenge Cup, Slovenia

No Olympic Qualification

30-14 Jul

Cricket

World Cup, England

 

 

JUNE:

Dates

Sport

Event

Comments

01-08

Weightlifting

Junior World Championships, Fiji

Oly Qual Ranking – Gold Level

04-09

Table Tennis

Hong Kong Open

World Tour

06-16

Hockey

Men Hockey Series Final, India

Qualification to Oly Qualifier

08-09

Weightlifting

British Championships

Oly Qual Ranking – Bronze Level

11-16

Archery

World Championships, Holland

Olympic Qualifier

12-16

Table Tennis

Japan Open

World Tour Platinum

13

Athletics

Diamond League, Oslo

Men’s Javelin Throw Included

15-23

Hockey

Women Hockey Series Final, Japan

Qualification to Oly Qualifier

 

JULY:

Dates

Sport

Event

Comments

TBA

Cricket

India Tour of West Indies

2 Tests, 3 ODIs, 3 T20Is

01-14

Tennis

Wimbledon, London

Grand Slam

02-07

Archery

World Cup, Berlin

No Olympic Qualification

02-07

Table Tennis

Korea Open

World Tour

02-09

Shooting

World Championship Shotgun, Italy

No Olympic Qualification

06-07

Weightlifting

Friendship Tournament, Tokyo

Oly Qual Ranking – Silver Level

09-14

Weightlifting

Commonwealth Champs, Samoa

Oly Qual Ranking – Bronze Level

09-14

Table Tennis

Australian Open

World Tour Platinum

12

Athletics

Diamond League, Monaco

Men’s Javelin Throw Included

12-14

Wrestling

Yasar Dogu, Turkey

Freestyle Ranking Series

16-21

Badminton

Indonesia Open

Super 1000

23-28

Badminton

Japan Open

Super 750

26-28

Wrestling

Oleg Karavaev, Belarus

Greco Ranking Series

30-04

Badminton

Thailand Open

Super 500

 

AUGUST:

Dates

Sport

Event

Comments

05-11

Tennis

Rogers Cup, Montreal

ATP 1000, WTA Premier 5

06-11

Badminton

Hyderabad Open

Super 100

11-18

Tennis

Western & Southern Open, USA

ATP 1000, WTA Premier 5

13-18

Table Tennis

Bulgarian Open

World Tour

15-22

Shooting

World Cup Shotgun, Finland

Olympic Qualifier

18

Athletics

Diamond League, Birmingham

Men’s Javelin Throw Included

19-25

Badminton

World Championships, Basel

 

20-25

Table Tennis

Czech Open

World Tour

26-08

Tennis

US Open

Grand Slam

28-02

Shooting

World Cup Rifle/Pistol, Rio

Olympic Qualifier

29

Athletics

Diamond League, Birmingham

Men’s Javelin Throw Included

30-31

Weightlifting

Cup of Blue Swords, Germany

Oly Qual Ranking – Bronze Level

 

SEPTEMBER:

Dates

Sport

Event

Comments

06-08

Gymnastics

World Challenge Cup, Hungary

No Olympic Qualification

13-15

Tennis

Davis Cup Asia Group I

India participates if lost in Feb

14-15

Gymnastics

World Challenge Cup, Paris

No Olympic Qualification

14-22

Wrestling

World Championships, Astana

Olympic Qualifier

15-22

Table Tennis

Asian Championships, Bali

 

17-22

Badminton

China Open

Super 1000

18-27

Weightlifting

World Championships, Thailand

Oly Qual Ranking – Gold Level

19-22

Gymnastics

World Challenge Cup, Portugal

No Olympic Qualification

22-28

Tennis

Wuhan Open

WTA Premier 5

24-29

Badminton

Korea Open

Super 500

27-06

Athletics

World Championships, Doha

 

28-06

Tennis

China Open

WTA Premier Mandatory

 

OCTOBER:

Dates

Sport

Event

Comments

TBA

Cricket

South Africa Tour of India

3 Tests

01-06

Table Tennis

Swedish Open

World Tour

04-06

Weightlifting

Mediterranean Cup, San Marino

Oly Qual Ranking – Silver Level

04-13

Gymnastics

World Championships, Germany

Olympic Qualifier

06-13

Tennis

Shanghai Masters

ATP 1000

08-13

Table Tennis

German Open

World Tour Platinum

10-14

Shooting

World Cup Final Shotgun, UAE

No Olympic Qualification

15-20

Badminton

Denmark Open

Super 750

18-20

Table Tennis

Women’s World Cup, China

 

20-27

Weightlifting

Asian Junior Championship, PRK

Oly Qual Ranking – Gold Level

22-27

Badminton

French Open

Super 750

22-27

Tennis

WTA Elite Trophy, China

 

25-27

Hockey

Olympic Qualifiers

To be confirmed

25-27

Table Tennis

Men’s World Cup, China

 

27-03

Tennis

WTA Finals, China

 

28-03

Tennis

Paris Masters

ATP 1000

 

NOVEMBER:

Dates

Sport

Event

Comments

TBA

Archery

Asian Championship, Bangkok

Olympic Qualifier

TBA

Cricket

Bangladesh Tour of India

2 Tests, 3 T20Is

01-03

Hockey

Olympic Qualifiers

To be confirmed

05-10

Shooting

Asian Championship, Doha

Olympic Qualifier

05-10

Badminton

China Open

Super 750

06-10

Table Tennis

Team World Cup, Tokyo

 

10-17

Tennis

ATP Finals, London

 

12-17

Badminton

Hong Kong Open

Super 500

12-17

Table Tennis

Austrian Open

World Tour Platinum

16-17

Wrestling

Women’s World Cup

No Olympic Qualification

18-24

Tennis

Davis Cup Finals, Spain

India participates if won in Feb

21-24

Gymnastics

Apparatus World Cup, Germany

Contributes to Olympic Qualification

22-24

Weightlifting

Australian Open

Oly Qual Ranking – Bronze Level

26-01

Badminton

Syed Modi International, Lucknow

Super 300

30-01

Wrestling

Greco World Cup, Iran

No Olympic Qualification

 

DECEMBER:

Dates

Sport

Event

Comments

TBA

Cricket

West Indies Tour of India

3 ODIs, 3 T20Is

11-15

Badminton

World Tour Finals, China

 

12-15

Table Tennis

World Tour Grand Finals

 

14-15

Wrestling

Men’s Freestyle World Cup, Iran

No Olympic Qualification