The lack of an Olympics or a soccer World Cup deprives 2015 of a single global focus for sports fans but a rich calendar of international events has more than enough world class action to satiate even the most refined palate.
Michael Phelps has been crowned Male Athlete of the Year for a fifth time at the 2014 USA Swimming Golden Goggle Awards on Monday despite being suspended from competition for six months after a drunken driving arrest in September.
Chad le Clos, one of the few men to have beaten Michael Phelps at the Olympics, has thrown down the challenge to his old rival, urging him to get back into training so they can have a rematch at Rio in 2016.
Showing no sign of fatigue or weariness after his gruelling schedule, Japan`s Kosuke Hagino provided another glimpse on Wednesday of why he could be the man to take over from Michael Phelps as swimming`s ultimate ironman.
Japan hope the appliance of science can trigger an Asian Games gold rush but admit they will struggle to steal hosts South Korea`s thunder, insisting that building momentum for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is their top priority.