1983 in sports

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See also: 1982 in sports, other events of 1983, 1984 in sports and the list of 'years in sports'.

Auto Racing




  • May 20 - For the first time ever, two world Heavyweight champions defend their titles the same night, at the same place: Larry Holmes retains the WBC title defeating future two time world champion Tim Witherspoon, and Michael Dokes retains his WBA title with a 15 round draw (tie) against former world champion Mike Weaver.



Field Hockey

  • March 12 - In an international women's field hockey match at Wembley Stadium,England. England beat West Germany 3-2.
  • April - In the 5th women's Field Hockey Cup,The Netherlands are the World Champions.
  • October 28 - November 4: Fifth Men's Champions Trophy held in Pakistan for the fourth time in 5 editions in Karachi won by Australia for the first time. Hosts Pakistan finish 2nd.

Figure Skating

Football (American)

Football (Australian Rules)

Football (Canadian)

Football (Soccer)


Men's Golf

Women's Golf

Thoroughbred Horse Racing

Harness Racing

Ice Hockey




General sporting events

  • Alan Bond and his team from of Australia defeated Dennis Conner and his team from the United States to capture the America's Cup of yacht racing. For 132 years, from 1850-1980, and through 25 challenges, the America's Cup had been held by the United States.
  • 61 year old potato farmer Cliff Young Wins Sydney-Melbourne Foot Race(a)



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