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04 Nov 2015
For the second year running, Russia is the top Global Sports Nation according to Sportcal’s Global Sports Nations Index 2015. A year on from hosting the winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia hosted four more major world championships in 2015, and is the next host of the Fifa World Cup in 2018. This extended insight analyses the key findings following Sportcal’s publication of this year’s Index at the World Travel Market in London on 3 November.
20 Oct 2015
More athletes and competing nations than ever before will attend this year’s Artistic Gymnastics World Championship which begin this weekend in Glasgow, with almost 600 athletes from 87 countries descending on the Scottish city for the 10-day event. When Glasgow was announced as the host city in May 2011, EventScotland, the national events agency, predicted a direct economic impact of £5 million ($8.05 million) on Scotland’s economy as a result of hosting the event.
06 Oct 2015
Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia, the three Slavic nations in the north-western part of the Balkans region in southern Europe, are to host a range of continental championships over the next three years. Next year alone, the region will be host to the European University Games (Croatia), the UEFA EURO Futsal Championship and LEN European Water Polo Championships (Serbia), and a leg of the ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup (Slovenia).
22 Sep 2015
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is continuing to invest in major sports infrastructure, as it expands its portfolio of hosting rights for world championships, world series and major continental events, and pursues its future goal to host the Olympic Games. With a population of almost 9.5 million, the oil-rich Gulf nation is comparable in size to Azerbaijan, Belarus, Hungary and Sweden. The suggestion that mega-events and multi-sport games can be held in nations of this size is no longer...
08 Sep 2015
The city of Richmond, Virginia will welcome over 1,000 athletes from approximately 75 nations for this year’s UCI Road World Championships, beginning on 19 September. Last year’s edition of the annual championships in Ponferrada, Spain encountered numerous financial challenges, but projected figures for Richmond 2015 seem to indicate that this year’s event will fare much better. It will be only the second time that cycling’s pinnacle world championships come to USA and it is projected...
25 Aug 2015
China is re-emerging as one of the world’s top global sports event hosting nations, after being awarded the winter Olympics in 2022, and the FIBA Basketball World Cup for Men 2019 earlier this month, in the space of just eight days. Now, as Beijing hosts the IAAF World Athletics Championships, and with a Chinese bid for the Asian Games in 2022 also declared last week, China is back and is expected soon to target the Fifa World Cup.
11 Aug 2015
The Special Olympics Summer World Games culminated in Los Angeles, USA, on 2 August, where organisers welcomed over 6,500 athletes from 165 nations. Although the boost to the economy is estimated at $415 million, this is not the sole highlight of the games. Special Olympics were keen to highlight the social impact of the event and the quadrennial celebration of the worldwide Special Olympics movement, which reached a record 4.5 million people across 170 nations in 2014.
28 Jul 2015
The European Games, the latest continental multi-sport games to be added to the international sports calendar, took place in Baku, Azerbaijan from 12 to 28 June. At a reported cost of $6.5 billion, Baku 2015 successfully hosted its ‘celebration of sport’, attracting at least 28,000 foreign visitors in the process. Almost 6,000 athletes representing all 50 European national Olympic committees competed across 20 sports for 253 gold medals.
14 Jul 2015
The Americas has proved to be this summer’s soccer destination, with three major tournaments (the Fifa Women’s World Cup, the Copa America and the Concacaf Gold Cup) taking place in the months of June and July. Over 1.3 million spectators attended matches at the Fifa Women’s World Cup in Canada while the Copa America filled its stadium capacities to 83.6 per cent, again an unsurprising statistic in a historically soccer-mad continent like South America.
07 Jul 2015
Beach sports, synonymous with vivid, sunny locations and glamorous athletes, have been given a fresh opportunity to push their agendas for Olympic inclusion, in the wake of the IOC’s approval last year of its Agenda 2020 reform programme. Meanwhile, the success of the Asian Beach Games has opened a huge opportunity, yet to be filled, for a World Beach Games. Beach handball, one of the more prominent emerging beach disciplines, is one which is targeting inclusion in the Olympic Games for 2024.