London has been named as the world’s best city for sporting events in a global study by Sportcal.
The Sportcal Annual Cities Index analysed nearly 700 major sporting events between 2008 and 2019, with London leading the way with its success in attracting large sporting events to the capital including the Rugby World Cup in 2015, IAAF World Athletic Championships in 2017 and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Other events due to take place in the city include Tour de France 2014, Euro Hockey Championships 2015, the European Swimming Championships 2015, the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships 2015 and cycling’s UCI Track World Championships 2016.
London was positioned 1st in the Sportcal Index, with a score of 26,313, compared to Moscow’s 19,529 and Rio de Janeiro’s 15,515 points. The Index is based on multi-sport events and world championships that rotate on a regular basis and are open to be hosted by countries on all continents (with the exception of the major continental multi-sport games).
Mayor of London Boris Johnson, said: “London is without doubt the greatest city on the planet for sporting events.
“We are delivering on our post-2012 promise to fill the city’s Olympic and Paralympic venues with elite sporting events and we will continue to do so in the years ahead. As well as bringing real economic benefits to our city, these events are a tremendous catalyst for increasing grassroots participation and producing the stars of the future.”
Gordon Innes, chief executive of the capital’s convention bureau London & Partners, added: “To have this achievement recognised on the world stage underlines the scale of London’s success in attracting elite sporting championships and we are thrilled to have been named the Global Sports City for 2013.”
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Posted on: 10/12/13