- The sporting year of 2020, just like the rest of the world, was majorly disrupted by the Covid-19 outbreak
- Most of the world was in lockdown by March and the majority of events have since been staged without fans
- But from Tyson Fury's victory over Deontay Wilder to Liverpool's Premier League title win, there were still many moments that fans from across the world of sport will fondly remember for many years to comeSport, and its unrivalled sense of drama and escapism, has perhaps never been needed more than in 2020 with the world grinding to a halt amid the coronavirus pandemic.
As the deadly virus swept across the world, plunging the vast majority of the planet going into lockdown by March, the sporting year unfolded with a vast difference to what was anticipated. The Tokyo Olympic Games, Euro 2020 and Wimbledon were just a few of the landmark events that were postponed due to Covid-19.
Gradually, events tentatively began to return behind closed doors. Liverpool claimed the Premier League title, their first domestic triumph since 1990. The West Indies made it to England for a Test series that symbolised the power of the Black Lives Matter movement, encapsulating how sport can be such a powerful vehicle for change among wider society. There were moments of shock and horror, too. Novak Djokovic's ill-tempered swipe of a tennis ball between points at the US Open hit a line judge in the neck, while Romain Grosjean made an unbelievable escape from a fireball at the Bahrain Grand Prix in November. There was also the tragic death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant in a helicopter accident in Los Angeles in January.
Let's not forget, too, that there were events at the beginning of 2020 where fans were in attendance, sampling the joy and spectacle of sport live and in person. Las Vegas claimed centre stage in the early months of the year with two sensational events in UFC and boxing. History is not likely to reflect well upon the pictures from the scenes in March in the United Kingdom, however, at events that shouldn't have gone ahead with thousands of people in attendance as coronavirus was starting to spread.
Sportsmail picks 10 of the most dramatic images of the remarkable sporting year that 2020 has been.
CONOR MCGREGOR BEATS DONALD 'COWBOY' CERRONE IN 40 SECONDS
KOBE BRYANT DIES IN A HELICOPTER CRASH
TYSON FURY DEFEATS DEONTAY WILDER
CORONAVIRUS SHUTS SPORT DOWN
LIVERPOOL WIN THE PREMIER LEAGUE
BLACK LIVES MATTER
NOVAK DJOKOVIC DISQUALIFIED FROM THE US OPEN
AN OCTOBER LONDON MARATHON
ROMAIN GROSJEAN ESCAPES DEATH