The following list highlights major sporting genres in South Africa, as well as their top sports betting events, that can be expected in 2022 for instilling a competitive spirit in the air.
Rugby World Cup Sevens
The Rugby World Cup Sevens will be staged for the first time in Africa, and it will be the World Cup's eighth edition overall. At the 7s Rugby World Cup in Green Point, the top 24 men's and 16 women's rugby sevens teams will compete. Cape Town, South Africa, was announced as a host city this year, which will take place on September 9 – 11, 2022.
The top 8 men's teams and top 4 women's teams from the 2018 RWC Sevens have already qualified for competition in 2022, according to World Rugby. These teams qualified based on their performance at the 2018 RWC Sevens, which took place in San Francisco.
The tournament in 2022 comes after an incredible Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 in San Francisco, which drew a record-breaking crowd of over 100,000 supporters and a massive domestic broadcast audience of over nine million viewers.
The three-day tournament, held at AT&T Park, brought in $90.5 million to San Francisco's economy (Nielsen Sport), with both New Zealand's men's and women's teams winning.
Carling Currie Cup
The Carling Currie Cup began in January with a seven-team Premier Division, after an online meeting of the South African Rugby Union's General Counsel.
Council accepted a move that the top South African side in First Division is promoted to the Premier Division automatically at the end of the 2022 Carling Currie Cup season, resulting in an eight-team Premier Division.
Following the enlarged entry of four teams into the Vodacom United Rugby Championship, the South African domestic rugby calendar was realigned to coincide with the northern hemisphere season, prompting an odd start.
The Carling Currie Cup final will now be contested on June 25, bringing the season to a close for senior professional players competing in Carling Currie Cup and Vodacom United Rugby Championship.
CSA T20 Challenge
Starting February 7, Cricket South Africa will hold a new season of the CSA T20 Challenge in an MEE rather than a bio-secure environment. Managed event environment is less expensive and provides relief to many players who have been trapped in bubbles for the past two years.
Eight clubs will play in the main T20 league, which will replace Mzansi Super League (MSL). The Imperial Lions will defend their title in this event. In the league stage, each side will compete for seven games before moving on to the knockout stages.
Several rest days will be arranged throughout the event, with the grand finale being a reserve day. All games will be held at St. George's Park in Port Elizabeth.