Note — many sporting events did not take place because of World War II. The 1944 Summer Olympics was also cancelled due to WWII. It was going to be held in London, United Kingdom. For more visit 1944 Summer Olympics.

1944 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.

NBL Championship



  • There is no first-class cricket in England, Australia or South Africa due to World War II. A few first-class matches are played in the West Indies and New Zealand but are not part of any official competition.


Tour de France

  • Not contested due to World War II[3]

Giro d'Italia

  • Not contested due to World War II

World Figure Skating Championships

  • Not contested due to World War II

Men's professional

Men's amateur

Women's professional


Hurdle races

Flat races


  • No major races are held anywhere worldwide due to World War II

1944 Winter Olympics

1944 Summer Olympics

The Boat Race

Speed Skating World Championships

  • Not contested due to World War II





Davis Cup

  • 1944 International Lawn Tennis Challenge – not contested





a Ettore Rossi did organise a "Campionato Alta Italia" for teams from northern Italy, whilst in southern Italy only regional competitions followed by playoffs were held.
b Owing to government bans on weekday sport, the Melbourne Cup was run on a Saturday from 1942 to 1944.
c The 1944 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe was run at Le Tremblay over 2,300 metres.


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