1983 in sports

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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 skiingEdit

American footballEdit

Artistic gymnasticsEdit

Association footballEdit


Australian rules footballEdit




  • 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 footballEdit



Dogsled racingEdit

Field hockeyEdit

  • 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 skatingEdit

Gaelic Athletic AssociationEdit


Men's professional

Men's amateur

Women's professional

Harness racingEdit

Horse racingEdit

  • 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 hockeyEdit



Rugby leagueEdit

Rugby unionEdit





  • 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 poloEdit

Yacht racingEdit

Multi-sport eventsEdit



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