2012 in sports

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Various sporting events were held in 2012, notably the Summer Olympics were held in London, United Kingdom.

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Events by month[edit]


Date Sport Venue/Event Status Winner/s
15 December - 22 January Cricket South Africa Sri Lankan tour of South Africa Binational  South Africa
26 December 2011 - 3 February 2012 Cricket Australia Indian tour of Australia Binational  Australia
5 - 11 Squash England 2011 PSA World Series Finals International Egypt Amr Shabana, Malaysia Nicol David
9 American football United States 2012 BCS National Championship Game National Alabama University of Alabama
15 Marathon India Mumbai Marathon international Kenya Laban Moiben, Ethiopia Netsanet Achamo
16 - 29 Tennis Australia 2012 Australian Open International Serbia Novak Djokovic, Belarus Victoria Azarenka
17 January–27 February Cricket United Arab Emirates England tour of Pakistan. Binational  Pakistan (in tests);  England (in ODI's and T20s).
19 - 23 Cricket India 2011–12 Ranji Trophy Final Rajasthan
20 - 26 Squash United States Tournament of Champions 2012 England Nick Matthew
22 Field hockey India 2012 World Series Hockey Sher-e-Punjab
24 January–4 July Association football South America 2012 Copa Libertadores Continental Brazil Corinthians
26–12 February Baseball Australia 2012 Australian Baseball League postseason National Western Australia Perth Heat
26 –14 February Cricket Zimbabwe New Zealand tour of Zimbabwe Binational  New Zealand
27 Marathon United Arab Emirates Dubai Marathon International Ethiopia Ayele Abshero, Aselefech Mergia
29 –5 February Bandy Kazakhstan 2012 Bandy World Championship International Sweden Sweden


Date Sport Venue/Event Status Winner/s
3 February–16 April Cricket West Indies Cricket Board 2011–12 Regional Four Day Competition Binational Jamaica Jamaica
3 February–6 October Rugby league England/France Super League XVII Binational England Leeds Rhinos
4 February–17 March Rugby union England/France/Ireland/Italy/Scotland/Wales 2012 Six Nations Championship Continental  Wales
4 February–4 November Tennis 2012 Fed Cup World Group International  Czech Republic
5 February–8 March Cricket Australia 2011–12 Commonwealth Bank Series  Australia
5 American football Indiana, United StatesSuper Bowl XLVI national New Jersey New York Giants
9 February–17 May Darts United Kingdom/Republic of Ireland 2012 Premier League Darts England Phil Taylor
10 Cricket United Arab Emirates Afghanistan tour of Pakistan Binational  Pakistan
10 February–18 November Tennis 2012 Davis Cup World Group International  Czech Republic
10 February-10 November Association football Asia 2012 AFC Champions League
17 February–27 March Cricket New Zealand South Africa tour of New Zealand Binational  South Africa
18 - 24 Cricket Kenya Ireland tour of Kenya Binational Tied (ODIs);  Ireland (T20s)
18 February–18 November Auto racing United States 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Michigan Brad Keselowski
20 - 25 Squash United States North American Open 2012 England James Willstrop
24 February– 4 August Rugby union Australia/New Zealand/South Africa 2012 Super Rugby season International New Zealand Chiefs
27 Auto racing United States 2012 Daytona 500 Wisconsin Matt Kenseth


Date Sport Venue/Event Status Winner/s
1 March – 30 September Rugby league Australia/New Zealand 2012 NRL season Binational Victoria (Australia) Melbourne Storm
10 March – 1 December Association football United States/Canada 2012 Major League Soccer season Binational California Los Angeles Galaxy
11–22 Cricket Bangladesh 2012 Asia Cup  Pakistan
13 March–2 April Basketball United States 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament national Kentucky University of Kentucky
16–19 Cricket Australia 2011–12 Sheffield Shield season Queensland Queensland
16 March–27 April Cricket West Indies Cricket Board Australia tour of the West Indies Tied. (ODIs and T20s)  Australia (Tests)
17 March–3 April Basketball United States 2012 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament national Texas Baylor University
18 Association football Scotland 2012 Scottish League Cup Final national Kilmarnock
18 Formula One Australia 2012 Australian Grand Prix United Kingdom Jenson Button
24 March- 29 September Australian rules football Australia 2012 AFL season Sydney Swans
25 Formula One Malaysia 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix Spain Fernando Alonso
26-31 Squash MalaysiaKuala Lumpur Open Squash Championships 2012 Malaysia Nicol David
26 March–7 April Cricket Sri Lanka England Wales tour of Sri Lanka Tied. (Tests)
28 March–28 October Baseball United States/Canada 2012 Major League Baseball season California San Francisco Giants
30 Cricket South Africa India tour of South Africa Template:Country data flagicon (T20)


Date Sport Venue/Event Status Winner/s
4 April–27 May Cricket India 2012 Indian Premier League National Kolkata Knight Riders


Date Sport Venue/Event Status Winner/s
4 May–15 September Cricket England/Wales 2012 Clydesdale Bank 40








Alpine skiing[edit]

American football[edit]



5–10 August

Kenneth To from  Australia won the men's race, while Katinka Hosszú from  Hungary won the women's race

Association football[edit]




Main article: 2012 in baseball


Main article: 2012 in basketball

NBA Finals




Canadian football[edit]


 India defeated  Australia in the final and clinched their third title.

 West Indies defeated  Sri Lanka in the final and clinched their first title.


2011–12 curling season[edit]

Season of Champions
Grand slams
World championships

2012–13 curling season[edit]

Season of Champions
Grand slams

Figure skating[edit]

Freestyle skiing[edit]



Main article: 2012 in golf


Main article: 2012 in handball

Horse racing[edit]

Flat races

Ice hockey[edit]


The following is a list of major noteworthy kickboxing events during 2012 in chronological order.

Date Event Alternate Name/s Location Attendance Notes
January 28 It's Showtime 2012 in Leeuwarden It's Showtime 54 Netherlands Leeuwarden, Netherlands N/A Badr Hari announces his retirement after 12 years of competition.
February 25 SuperKombat World Grand Prix I 2012 SuperKombat World Grand Prix I Montenegro Podgorica, Montenegro N/A Featured the SuperKombat World Grand Prix I 2012 super heavyweight (+96kg) tournament.
March 10 Cro Cop Final Fight K-1 Final Fight Croatia Zagreb, Croatia N/A Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović returns to kickboxing after eight years in MMA.
March 23 United Glory 15 N/A Russia Moscow, Russia N/A N/A
May 27 SLAMM: Nederland vs. Thailand VII SLAMM: Nederland vs. Thailand 7 Netherlands Almere, Netherlands N/A N/A
June 30 Music Hall & BFN Group present: It's Showtime 57 & 58 It's Showtime 57 & 58 Belgium Brussels, Belgium N/A Peter Aerts announces his retirement after 27 years of competition.



Mixed martial arts[edit]

The following is a list of major noteworthy MMA events by month.


1/27 — MFC 32 - Bitter Rivals

1/28 — UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis


2/11 — ONE Fighting Championship: Battle of Heroes

2/25 — KSW 18: Unfinished Sympathy


3/16 — M-1 Challenge 31 - Monson vs. Oleinik

3/24 — M-1 Belarus 16 - Belarus Fighting Championship

3/31 — ONE Fighting Championship: War of the Lions


4/21 — UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans


5/4 — MFC 33 - Collision Course

5/12 — KSW 19: Pudzianowski vs. Sapp


6/21 — M-1 Global - Fedor vs. Rizzo

6/23 — ONE Fighting Championship: Destiny of Warriors



8/10 — MFC 34 - Total Recall

8/31 — ONE Fighting Championship: Pride of a Nation


9/1 — UFC 151: Jones vs. Henderson

9/15 — KSW 20: Fighting Symphonies

9/30 — M-1 Challenge 34 - Emelianenko vs. Gluhov


10/6 — ONE Fighting Championship: Rise of Kings

10/26 — MFC 35 - Explosive Encounter



12/1 — KSW 21: Ultimate Explanation

12/29 – UFC 155: Dos Santos vs. Velasquez 2

Motor racing[edit]

Nordic skiing[edit]

Rink hockey[edit]

Road cycling[edit]

Ryder Hesjedal won the Giro, becoming the first Canadian to win a Grand Tour.
Bradley Wiggins won the Tour, becoming the first British to win a Grand Tour.
Alberto Contador won the title for the second time after his first success in 2008.[12]


Rugby league[edit]

Main article: 2012 in rugby league

Rugby union[edit]

Main article: 2012 in rugby union
Domestic competitions

Ski mountaineering[edit]




Main article: 2012 in sumo


Main article: 2012 in swimming


Main article: 2012 in tennis


Multi-sport events[edit]

See also[edit]