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London remains the top sport city for the fifth consecutive year!​

According to voters who participated into ‘2016 Sports City Poll’, London remains the world’s leading sports city, followed closely by Rio de Janeiro and Lausanne. Rounding out the top five finishers are Barcelona and Paris. And this year’s new addition to the top ten cities includes New York who replaces Beijing.

A full results of the ‘2016 Sports City Poll’ can be downloaded here.

Presented by Around the Rings in collaboration with TSE Consulting, the ‘2016 Sports City Poll’ ranks the top 50 sports cities from around the world on how much the public associates the city with sport.

Results are based on a public online vote coupled with an industry vote from sports experts – a group of 100 leaders drawn from international federations, National Olympic Committees, sports media and other influencers in the world of sport. Answers from sports experts are weighted more heavily than those from the general public.

This poll is a simple but yet efficient tool to get public and sport experts opinions about how a city is associated with sport – and whether their efforts are paying off” says Lars Haue-Pedersen, Managing Director, TSE Consulting.

The results confirms a trend that can be drawn from the previous editions’ results. Bidding for or hosting major international sports events, especially the Olympic Games, strongly increases the chance of cities to be associated with sport. With the upcoming election of the 2024 Olympic Games host city, the battle between Paris, Los Angeles and Budapest should prove to be very exciting!

With each edition of the poll, the three lowest ranked cities drop off the list, and the top three non-listed cities named by the survey respondents are added. New cities to be added to the 2017 edition of the Ranking, as chosen by voters, are Kansas City (USA), PyeongChang (KOR) and Rotterdam (NED).

This annual ranking is built around a group of 50 cities selected through criteria such as staging recent and upcoming Olympics or other major multi-sport Games, hosting professional sports teams as well as organising major championships or world-class events such as tennis Grand Slams and Formula 1 races.

For more information, please contact:

Heloise Signe, Consultant, TSE Consulting

Phone: +41 21 313 23 00

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