Welsh fans may look to younger players such as Jak Jones to cause an upset in the tournament.
Jones recently beat Yan Bingtao of China, who is ranked 12th in the world.
5. Paralympic Games
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Date: August 24 – September5
Two weeks of Paralympic events will immediately follow the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo this year and are often far too overlooked for the excitement that they bring.
The Paralympics involves athletes with a range of disabilities competing across a large variety of events. This year the games have brought in two new games to the programme, badminton and taekwondo featuring for the first time.
Welsh athletes brought home seven medals in the 2016 games and hope to improve on their performance with the 2021 games.
The most famous of the athletes might be javelin thrower Hollie Arnold, who competes under the Welsh flag in the Commonwealth Games.
Arnold took the gold medal in her event in 2016 and now has set her sights on Tokyo. She recently won the 2019 World Championships.
Last week she was appearing on TV in the first Wales-based I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!
Her Tokyo final can be watched on September 3, 2021.
4. Lions tour of South Africa
Location: Nine venues across South Africa
Date: June 26 – August 7
The biggest rugby tour in the world finally returns in 2021 as the British & Irish Lions travel to South Africa for a nine-match schedule that concludes with three matches against the South African national team.
The Lions’ last tour was in 2017 and ended with a 1-1 tie with New Zealand. This time they will once again be coached by former Wales head coach Warren Gatland.
Wales has plenty of players likely to be picked this year. Alun Wyn Jones, Justin Tipuric and Josh Adams are three that are likely to make the trip.
3. Six Nations
Location: Various across Europe
Date: February 6 – March20
It seems a lot longer ago than the beginning of February when Wales opened the last Six Nations Championship with a big win against Italy.
We have all been through a lot since the Wales v Scotland game was cancelled last-minute because of Covid , so Six Nations excitement will be heightened next February.
The year 2020 was one to forget in Welsh rugby as much as anything else. Wales finished with only one win in five games and more recently struggling in the Autumn Nations Cup.
Head coach Wayne Pivac is under some pressure to ensure that 2021 is very different.
The Wales team will hope the reintroduction of fans into the Principality stadium can help bring a bit more life to the squad.
The stadium was transformed into a field hospital during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic but should be back to its original purpose for fans to enjoy the Six Nations.
2. Euro 2021
Location: 12 Venues across Europe, Finals in London
Date: June 11 – July 11
After the disappointment of postponement in 2020, the European Football Championships will finally return to our screens in June 2021.
The tournament will be a showcase of some of the world’s best footballers.
Welsh fans are still brimming with pride at the excellent performance of the national team in 2016, finishing top of their group above England and making it all the way to the semi-finals in the knockout round.
Wales qualified as runner-up of their qualifying group for 2021 behind Croatia and find themselves in Group A along with Italy, Turkey and Switzerland.
Their first game, against Switzerland, will kick off June 12 at 3pm.
Wales will once against rely on stars Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey while looking for youth inspiration from the likes of Ethan Ampadu and Harry Wilson.
Wilson is also likely to be joined by fellow Cardiff City teammate Kieffer Moore.
1. Tokyo Olympics
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Date: July 23 – August 8
The wait for the Olympic Games can feel like a long time anyway but it has been a whole extra year since Rio 2016.
The Tokyo Games, originally scheduled for summer 2020, were pushed back to ensure the safety of all athletes and allow for spectators at the various venues.
The two-week celebration of all things sport will include over 10,000 athletes and 339 events.
Six new sports have been added to the schedule this year including climbing, surfing and skateboarding.
Welsh athletes have been on an upward trajectory in the recent Olympic games, finishing with seven medals in 2012 and 10 medals in 2016.
The likes of taekwondo star Jade Jones and sailor Hannah Mills will return in 2021, along with a new class of youngsters ready to take on the worlds best in their respective fields.