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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.
16 Jun 2015
More than 200,000 spectators are expected to descend on Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place this week for the 115th US Open Championship 2015. It is anticipated that the event will have an economic impact worth over $140 million on the state of Washington, which will host the event for the first time. The event is the second of golf’s four major championships in the annual calendar, and is organised by the United States Golf Association. It will be seeking to replicate the...
02 Jun 2015
Recent figures from the World Tourism Organisation value the global sport tourism market at around €450 billion ($500 billion), with a growth rate of 14 per cent per annum, compared to wider tourism growth of 5 per cent per annum. Event hosts have long been familiar with the tourism impact derived from hosting sporting events of all sizes, and event owners are also beginning to leverage this impact, to increase the value of their events.
19 May 2015
In the past two months, Lima in Peru has added two more multi-sport events to its growing portfolio of major sports hosting rights, which already included the Pan American Games 2019, and in sports administration, IOC Session 2017. Could Lima surpass Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as South America’s leading sports city over the next generation, with the next summer Olympic and Paralympic host seemingly lacklustre in creating its multi-sports games hosting legacy?
05 May 2015
Russia could welcome close to 1,000 taekwondo athletes from over 150 countries next week as it hosts this year’s WTF World Taekwondo Championships, seeking to become the “best world championships in taekwondo history,” according to Anatoily Terekhov, president of the Russian Taekwondo Union. The biennial event, owned by the World Taekwondo Federation, is set to attract a record number of athletes and competing nations, with revisions to world and Olympic ranking points distributions...
21 Apr 2015
Although the bidding for the summer Olympic Games has generally been hotly contested, in the years up to and including the race for the 2020 edition, the number of cities submitting applications to host the games was on the decline. This trend is set to change in the process for the 2024 Olympics, with the International Olympic Committee’s Agenda 2020 recommendations coming into effect.
07 Apr 2015
Data from recent Olympic Games and other multi-sport games indicate that the percentage of female athletes competing is rising, but that there is still work to be done to reach equal participation between the genders at multi-sport games. Historical data from Sportcal’s events platform shows that the percentage of female participants remains at around the 40-per-cent mark in recent multi-sport games, with very few events coming close to breaking, or even reaching, the 50-per-cent barrier.