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Nations Index

Russia stays top of 2014 Global Sports Nations Index but USA catching up and ahead in Future Index 
 
Russia remains number one in the latest edition of Sportcal’s Global Sports Nations Index 2014 whilst USA, which is in 5th place in the global index, is the number one nation in the Future Sports Nations index. Canada, the UK and China remain second, third and fourth, respectively, although China closes the gap on the UK to just 24 points.  
 
The Global Sports Nations Index 2014 produced by Sportcal, the leading global sports market intelligence agency, is based on in-depth analysis of over 450 major multi-sport games and world championships over a rolling 12-year period, covering six years in the past (including the current year) and six years in the future.
 
The 2014 index is based on the period 2009 through to 2020.
 
 
Top 20 Global Sports Nations 2014
       
Rank +/- Nation Index Total
       
1 = Russia 47,287
2 = Canada 40,593
3 = United Kingdom 38,467
4 = China 38,443
5 = USA 35,013
6 +1 Germany 30,505
7 -1 Italy 29,717
8 = Brazil 26,703
9 +1 France 26,313
10 -1 Korea 25,578
 11  = Japan 24,455
 12  = Spain 21,882
 13  = Netherlands 20,076
 14  = Turkey 16,468
 15  +3 Denmark 15,902
 16  = Austria 14,790
 17  +2 Sweden 14,600
 18  -3 Poland 14,542
 19  -2 Australia 13,502
 20  +2 Norway 12,356
 
However, it is the presence of USA that is remarkable within the top 5, with the country occupying fifth place, compared with ninth in 2012. The country’s consistent success in bidding to host major events has continued, with three events added in the last six-month period.
 
These events have added over 3,000 points to its total since the last issue of the index, and as a result USA now sits top of the table when future events only (2015-2020) are considered. 
 
Events staged in the US are typically within Olympic sports, both summer and winter, in a sure sign that the US Olympic Committee is engaging closely with the Olympic community, in preparation for an expected bid to host the 2024 summer Olympic Games.
 
The rise of the three Scandinavian countries and Finland in the 2014 index is a continuation of a two-year trend of consistent and steady growth. 
 
Of the four nations, Denmark’s rise has been the most notable in this edition, with the nation’s ranking boosted by its successful bids to host ice hockey’s IIHF World Championship and the ISAF Sailing World Championships, both in 2018. 
 
Sport Event Denmark, the national sports event organisation behind the acquisitions, not only bids for events, but actively celebrates its successes too, advertising the nation to event owners worldwide. 
 
The recent additions have pushed Denmark into the top 10 nations for hosting future events 2015-2020, while Sweden (13), Norway (15) and Finland (17) are all in the top 20 for future events. Norway’s rise to 20th place in the full Index comes despite its capital Oslo’s winter Olympics snub for 2022. The nation is still prepared to spend on events, though, with the UCI Road Cycling World Championships in 2017, recently awarded to Bergen, to cost an estimated $24 million.
 
  
 
Top 10 Global Sports Nations Future Index (2015-2020)
       
Rank +/- Nation Index Total
       
1 +2 USA 18,306
2 = Canada 18,046
3 -2 Russia 17,730
4 = United Kingdom 13,906
5 = Brazil 13,487
6 = Japan 11,707
7 = Korea 11,031
8 +1 Germany 10,107
9 -1 China 9,407
10 +4 Denmark 8,209
  
Germany and France both move up a place in the full index while Italy and Korea drop one place. Poland and Australia are the biggest casualties in the top 20 with drops of three and two places, respectively. 

 
Read the full in-depth analysis in the latest Sportcal Insight magazine.   
RankNationScore
1 Russia 41352
2 Canada 40205
3 United Kingdom 37191
4 China 36924
5 USA 33985
6 Germany 28022
7 France 24786
8 Brazil 24753
9 Italy 24555
10 Japan 22886

RankCityScore
1 London 22350
2 Rio de Janeiro 17209
3 Moscow 15777
4 Tokyo 15310
5 Paris 12219
6 Doha 10958
7 Copenhagen 8364
8 Kazan 7028
9 Beijing 7013
10 Sochi 6622
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