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1983 In Sports


1983 In Sports

1983 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.

Years in sports: 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986
Centuries: 19th century · 20th century · 21st century
Decades: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s
Years: 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986

Alpine skiing

American football

Artistic gymnastics

Association football


Australian rules football




  • May 31 – death of Jack Dempsey, former world heavyweight champion
  • 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.
  • June 16 – Roberto Durán wins his third world title, knocking out WBA world Jr. Middleweight champion Davey Moore in eight rounds.
  • November 10 – Marvin Hagler retains his unified world Middleweight title with a 15 round unanimous decision over Roberto Durán. It was 1983’s most anticipated bout.

Canadian football



Dogsled racing

Field hockey

  • Men’s European Nations Cup held at Amstelveen won by the Netherlands
  • Men’s Champions Trophy held at Karachi won by Australia
  • Pan American Games (Men’s Competition) held in Caracas won by Canada
  • Women’s World Cup held in Kuala Lumpur won by the Netherlands

Figure skating

Gaelic Athletic Association


Men’s professional

Men’s amateur

Women’s professional

Harness racing

Horse racing

  • February 8 – champion racehorse Shergar is kidnapped from Ballymany Stud, near the Curragh in County Kildare, Ireland. No trace of the horse has ever been found.


Flat races

Ice hockey

Motor racing


Rugby league

Rugby union





  • Asian Volleyball Championships held in Japan: both men’s and women’s tournaments won by Japan
  • European Volleyball Championships held in East Germany won by USSR (men) and DDR (women)
  • Volleyball at the 1983 Pan American Games held in Caracas won by Brazil (men) and Cuba (women)

Water polo

Yacht racing

Multi-sport events



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