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01 Apr 2014
Flushed with its success in hosting the winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia has established itself as the world’s number one sporting nation in 2014. China, top in 2012 and 2013, has dropped to fourth, below Canada and the UK. Canada has now moved up into second place, leapfrogging the UK, which remains in third place.
25 Mar 2014
The next Olympic year, 2016, is rapidly approaching, yet hosts for several world championships in that year have yet to be decided. Over the coming months, Sportcal will take take a look at a selection of the remaining bidding opportunities on offer. The 2014 edition of the Sportcal Global Nations Index, to be released early next month, will identify nearly 40 major multi-sport games and world championships already awarded to hosts in 2016.
18 Mar 2014
Last month’s governance revamp of the International Cricket Council has made the future clearer for the three major ICC events: the Cricket World Cup, the World Twenty20 and the reprieved Champions Trophy. With media values set to soar in the next rights cycle, what is in store for these cricketing mega-events, and will a settled landscape allow for greater global expansion?
11 Mar 2014
The Rugby League World Cup has traditionally been a major sporting event that has struggled with slow growth and development, especially in comparison to some of its rival codes. However, the 2013 edition, hosted across England, Wales, Ireland and France by England's Rugby Football League, attracted record attendances and the highest ever profits returned to the Rugby League International Federation.
04 Mar 2014
With the Sochi winter Olympic Games still fresh in the memory, it is now just three days until the winter Paralympics get under way. Will Sochi 2014 continue the momentum from London 2012, and deliver the largest and most widely-exposed Paralympic Winter Games to date? Some 585 athletes will compete across five sports at the Sochi Paralympics: alpine ski and snowboard, biathlon, cross-country skiing, ice sledge hockey and wheelchair curling.
25 Feb 2014
As Brazil prepares for the daunting challenge of hosting arguably the two biggest sporting events, the FIFA World Cup this year and, just two years later, the Olympic Games, other South American countries appear to be following suit. Eager to raise their global profile and attract investors, South American nations are increasingly bidding for and attracting major global sporting events.
18 Feb 2014
Sopot, Poland, is in the final stages of preparations for the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships, which is anticipated to make a significant impact on the coastal city, with over 20,000 expected to attend, including 2,000 foreign visitors, and media exposure worth millions of dollars. Sopot is the smallest city ever to host the championships, with a population of less than 40,000. A regular tourist destination, it is, however, visited by over 2 million people each year.
11 Feb 2014
With the hosts of a selection of world championships in 2015 yet to be announced, Sportcal takes a look at some of the bidding opportunities on offer. The 2013 Sportcal Global Sport Cities Index identified 519 cities from 78 nations that had been awarded hosting rights to multi-sports events or world championships in the 12-year period between 2008 and 2019.
04 Feb 2014
The winter Olympic Games are continuing to evolve as winter sport’s premier multi-sports event, with the Sochi games, beginning on February 7, set to feature significantly more athletes than the last edition in Vancouver in 2010, and 12 new medal events.
28 Jan 2014
The 26th Winter Universiade in Trentino held its own in the climate of extravagant multi-sport games and mega-events, despite the short amount of time given to the organising committee to host the event, and a budget of just €15 million ($20.5m).