2020 was an unprecedented year across the board for many of us, not least in the world of sports and sports betting.
The vast majority of sporting events and competitions were put on hold for a period of months during the spring of last year, while the football European Championships and even the Olympics were cancelled altogether.
Fast forward a year and in deep contrast, many leading Nigerian betting sites are already publishing odds for a number of major tournaments and sporting competitions with the hope they will still go forward.
Major European football leagues in full swing
Despite a resurgence in coronavirus cases around the world over the winter months in North America and Europe many sports have continued unabated. Particularly in Europe as spring emerges, the footballing season seems to have successfully ridden the crest of the wave.
The English Premier League (EPL), La Liga, Serie A, and even the Champions League have continued without a hitch and despite lockdown measures in their respective host countries, football has continued unabated.
As the season hurtles towards its eventual conclusion many sports betting enthusiasts are beginning to look to lay odds on the eventual winners of major tournaments which will see revenue in the gaming industry surge.
Euro 2020...in 2021
As the world's biggest and most widely loved sport across all four corners of the globe, the normal summer lull in a footballing activity enjoyed a brief renaissance due to the extraneous circumstances of tournaments reaching their conclusion later than initially planned.
The European Championships or the Euros is arguably the most competitive football tournament in the world outside of club football, with the might of Europe's biggest and best-going head to head every four years.
Originally due to take place as a pan-continental tournament hosted in cities as far-flung as St Petersburg, London, Berlin, and even Baku in Azerbaijan, the currents doubts aren't if or when this tournament will take place but more where.
The moral efficacy of hosting a pan-continental tournament in an age where movement among populations is heavily discouraged is currently at the forefront of debate. The United Kingdom has been proposed as a viable single host.
The Euros has long garnered attention among African football fans, not least due to the number of world-class players who play their football in Europe and represent European countries. There are also a number of footballers who play for European countries with deep and distinctive ties to Africa, namely in the English and French national teams but also others.
The Euros are set to take place between 11 June and 11 July 2021.
The Summer Olympics
One of the biggest events in global sport, set to take place every four years, was due to close out the summer of 2020. But like its footballing counterpart, the Olympics was postponed a year and will now go ahead from 23 July reaching its conclusion on 8 August.
To be hosted in Tokyo, Japan has proven itself one of the most effective battles of the coronavirus in the world and should place the games in good stead for going ahead.
The Olympic Committee recently announced that over 60% of athletes had already booked their place in the finals, a distinctive sign of hope that the games can go ahead this summer. Whether crowds will be allowed into stadiums is yet to be seen, but it is highly likely restrictions on travel will make it a less well-attended event than normally expected.
Although nothing is for certain the ability of world sporting events to positively react with effective measures to combat the spread of coronavirus during the latter months of 2020 and into the initial months of 2021 has the gaming industry and sports betting enthusiasts alike looking positively ahead to how this year will unfold.