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The Sports City Index, presented by Around the Rings and in collaboration with TSE Consulting, ranks the top 50 sports cities from around the world based on the public perception of the city. Rankings were determined by a combination of a public online vote and an industry vote from sports experts.
The Index includes perception of each city according to
three elements: host of major events, high-quality facilities and an active and healthy population.
Download the results for the Sports City Index 2013.
London (GBR) has remained the leading sports city, followed by Barcelona (ESP), Sydney (AUS), Melbourne (AUS) and Beijing (CHN). New additions to the top ten cities include New York (USA) and Paris (FRA), taking the spots of Singapore (SIN) and Johannesburg (RSA), which fall out of the top ten.
On the other extreme of the Index, PyeongChang, host of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, takes the last spot, with Sochi, host of next year's Winter Olympic Games, not far behind at spot 41.
Lars Haue-Pedersen, Managing Director, TSE Consulting, stated: "We start to see some clear trends in the Index. In general, the cities that are in the top half of the Index are cities that are quite established as sports cities, but also well established tourist destinations. They can therefore use events to just enforce a strong message they are already telling the world. While those cities in the bottom half are generally the new players - both in terms of sport but also in a wider sense. Although they are actively hosting events, such as Sochi, Kazan, Baku, etc., they could consider doing more in terms of communicating their efforts to the world. It presents some interesting discussion points as to the opportunities and challenges these cities face in terms of their perception, and equally for the rights holders choosing to take their events to these newer cities."
A series of questions focused on the bid cities for the 2022 Winter Olympics, show a similar trend, where Beijing (CHN), sits at the top of the results, and the newer cities, such as Krakow (POL), Lviv (UKR) and Almaty (KAZ) at the bottom.
New cities to be added to the 2014 edition of the Index, as chosen by voters, are Rome (ITA), Oslo (NOR) and Indianapolis (USA).
This comprehensive 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. With each edition of the Index, the three lowest ranked cities drop off the list, and the three top-named cities by the survey respondents are added.
The Index is published once a year to effectively capture
the constant evolvement of the international sports world. For complete
results click here and visit www.aroundtherings.com for more coverage.