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



  • First European High Speed Telegraphy Championships held in Moscow, Russia.

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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