Note — many sporting events did not take place because of World War II

1941 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.

American football edit

Association football edit

Australian rules football edit

Baseball edit

Basketball edit

NBL Championship


Boxing edit


  • The highlight of the year is the World Heavyweight title fight between two current world champions, Joe Louis and Billy Conn, won by Louis with a 13th-round knockout.

Lineal world champions[1]

Cricket edit

England and South Africa



  • During the 1940–41 season, although the Sheffield Shield is not contested, a number of interstate cricket matches are played for patriotic funding. For the 1941–42 season, seven three-day interstate matches are scheduled but only one is played before the urgency of the Pacific War puts an end to Australian first-class cricket until November 1945.

New Zealand and West Indies

  • New Zealand abandons the Plunket Shield for 1940–41 but here, and in the West Indies, a small number of first-class matches are arranged and played each season until after the war without being part of an official competition.

Cycling edit

Tour de France

  • not contested due to World War II[2]

Giro d'Italia

  • not contested due to World War II

Figure skating edit

World Figure Skating Championships

  • not contested due to World War II

Golf edit

Men's professional

Men's amateur

Women's professional

Horse racing edit


Hurdle races

Flat races

Ice hockey edit

Motorsport edit

Rowing edit

The Boat Race

Rugby league edit

Rugby union edit

Speed skating edit

Speed Skating World Championships

  • not contested due to World War II

Tennis edit





Davis Cup

  • 1941 International Lawn Tennis Challenge – not contested

Awards edit

References edit

  1. ^ Cyber Boxing Zone
  2. ^ "Cycling-Tour de France list of winners". Eurosport UK. 26 August 2020. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  3. ^ Young, William H.; Young, Nancy K. (17 September 2010). World War II and the Postwar Years in America: A Historical and Cultural Encyclopedia [2 volumes]: A Historical and Cultural Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO. p. 361. ISBN 978-0-313-35653-7.
  4. ^ "Epsom Derby | History, Winners, & Facts | Britannica". Retrieved 2 January 2022.