02 Feb 2016
The three largest events of the year, the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Uefa Euro 2016, soccer's European Championships in France, are set to welcome around 9 million spectators to their venues this year. However, with the zika virus outbreak sparking health concerns in South America, and French security alerts still at a high level following terrorist attacks last year, the anticipated level of attendance at these events could be under threat.
19 Jan 2016
The fourth FAI World Air Games took to the skies of Dubai, United Arab Emirates from 1 to 12 December last year, the first time the event was held outside of Europe. In what could be described as a turning point for the event and for FAI, the World Air Sports Federation, Dubai delivered a compact, city-based games, where the 23 air sports disciplines shared the same arenas and athlete experience. Although individual air sport disciplines compete regularly in separate world championships...
14 Dec 2015
The International Weightlifting Federation became the latest of many summer Olympic sports to break participation records at its world championships in the year before the Olympic Games. It follows other sports such as archery and gymnastics, where participation records were also broken at their respective world championships, as athletes vie to secure valuable qualification points and places to Rio de Janeiro next summer. This year’s IWF World Weightlifting Championships in Houston, USA...
01 Dec 2015
As major sports events gravitate to the Middle East and Asia, the continent of Africa is not yet commonly known as a regular sporting host. Sport’s largest events make only occasional appearances on the continent - but when they do, one country stands out as the most prolific host: South Africa. However, other countries are beginning to make an impression, with Uganda and Kenya both set to host Olympic sports world championships in 2017. South Africa has pedigree in hosting some of...
17 Nov 2015
The eighth edition of the Rugby World Cup reached new heights in 2015 with England and Wales hosting the largest number of spectators and visitors in the tournament’s history. Almost 2.5 million people attended the 48 matches, with 460,000 overseas visitors estimated to have travelled to the region for the six-week event. The tournament was shown in 209 nations and territories by 103 licensed broadcasters, of which 43 were free-to-air, with a potential reach of 780 million households.
10 Nov 2015
London is the top Global Sports City for the fourth consecutive year, leading Rio and Moscow in second and third places, respectively, Sportcal has found. Meanwhile, Beijing, Budapest and Gold Coast have each surged up the Index making big strides into the top 20. In this extended analysis, Sportcal examines the top Sports City for each continent, what the number of cities in the top 100 by continent tells us, this year’s top climbers and how each of the 2024 summer Olympics candidate...
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...