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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.
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?