London extends lead in Sportcal’s annual Cities Index as Moscow leapfrogs Rio into second place
London has retained its place as the Global Sports City for 2013, while Moscow has overtaken Rio de Janeiro to take second place in the second edition of Sportcal’s annual Cities Index, part of the Global Sports Impact project which has analysed nearly 700 major sporting events between 2008 and 2019.
London remains in top position, and has even extended its lead over the second-placed city, thanks to its success in attracting major sports events including: the IRB Rugby World Cup (2015); the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships (2016); cycling’s UCI Track World Championships (2016); the IAAF World Athletics Championships (2017); and field hockey’s FIH Women’s World Cup (2018).
London has 26,313 points in the index, compared with second-placed Moscow’s 19,529 points and Rio de Janeiro’s 15,515 points. Moscow has leapfrogged Rio after the two cities scored 17,867 and 17,911 points, respectively, in last year’s index. London had 21,843 points last year.
The 2013 index has moved on one year, after last year’s covered the period 2007 to 2018. A total of 519 cities from 78 nations hosted multi-sport events or world championships in the 12-year period between 2008 and 2019. 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).
Doha in Qatar and Kazan in Russia have broken into the top 10 for the first time, dislodging Auckland and Istanbul.
Other climbers in the top 10 are Tokyo and Copenhagen, which both rose one place to fifth and seventh, respectively, compared with last year’s index, and Vancouver which rose two places to eighth place.
London extended its lead in part through the success of its Olympic and Paralympic Games legacy programme, Gold Event Series, which attracted two more major events to England’s capital this year: cycling’s UCI Track World Championships in 2016 and hockey’s FIH Women’s World Cup in 2018.
Meanwhile, Moscow benefited from being awarded basketball’s 2014 FIBA 3x3 World Championship this year, and is also set to stage: the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships (2014); the FIE Fencing World Championships (2015); the World Short Track Speed Skating Championships (2015); ice hockey’s IIHF World Championships (2016); the World Modern Pentathlon Championships (2016); and matches of the Fifa World Cup, including the final (2018).
Kazan’s emergence in the top 10 is evidence of a powerful Russian drive to host major events, following its successful hosting of this summer’s Universiade and the recent addition to its roster of events of the FEI Fencing World Championships in 2014.
Sochi, host of next year’s winter Olympic Games, lies just outside the top 10 in 11th position.
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