Traditionally during the British summer months, sports other than football get to dominate the headlines through the game’s summer break.
Despite recent events in Russia lengthening last year’s football season, this weekend saw a number of non-football related events take the sporting headlines:
- England won a thrilling test match in the first of five this summer against the number one ranked side in the World, India;
- The Netherlands defeated Ireland in Women’s hockey World Cup; and
- Georgia Hall became only the fifth British female golfer to win a Major tournament, and with the added pressure of doing so under the intense scrutiny of her father, who is also her caddie.
One other major event, however, was football related, as Saudi Arabia’s Mosaad ‘Msdossary’ Aldossary, was crowned winner of the 2018 Fifa eWorld Cup in London, securing himself a $250,000 prize as a result.
The rise of gaming and eSports has been covered in some detail on this blog. Yesterday’ event was yet further evidence of its exponential growth.
How many tournaments can claim a winner narrowed down from over 20 million entrants? This is how many entered this year’s tournament in November last year with Aldossary claiming victory at the Grand Final at the O2 in front of a crowd of hundreds.