London tops Global Sports City listing for sixth year running

London has been named number one Global Sports City by Sportcal’s Global Sports Cities Index, topping the list for a sixth consecutive year. London came in ahead of Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, Moscow and Doha, the other cities making up the top five this year. Only Moscow hosted more ranking events.

This year’s sporting highlights in London include four NFL games as part of the NFL International Series, which will be taking place in the autumn, and the annual festival of cycling Prudential RideLondon.

London will also welcome the IAAF World Championships and the World Para Athletics Championships in the summer, with both competitions taking place at the London Stadium at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Mike Laflin, CEO of Sportcal, said: “London continues to demonstrate it is one of the leading global sports cities with the hosting of the IAAF World Athletics Championships and the World ParaAthletics Championships. Both these events will generate a huge legacy for London and athletics”.

Sportcal’s Global Sports Cities Index is a ranking based on in-depth analysis of 730 sports events across 151 categories.

The Global Sports Nations and Cities Index is based on in-depth analysis of major multisport games and world championships over a rolling 14-year period, covering seven years in the past (including the current year) and seven years in the future. In total, 86 nations and 621 cities have hosted, or are scheduled to host events during this period.

Bids awarded up to and including 19 March 2017 have been included in the April 2017 index.

Each event is given a weighting based on its Global Sports Impact (GSI) Event Rating – this rating is calculated using the latest event data across a range of indicators which measures the size, scale and impact of an event.

The GSI Event Ratings are then attributed to the host nations and cities, producing the Global Sports Nations and Cities Index. 

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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