China ends US reign as ‘Global Sports Nation’ as Tokyo confirms Cities dominance
By Tariq Saleh
China is the leading sports hosting nation in the world, ending USA's three-year reign, while Tokyo, Japan maintains its place as the dominant sports city, according to the latest in-depth research from Sportcal.
China accumulated a total score of 40,709 in the Global Sports Impact Nations Index 2019 to be crowned the 'Global Sports Nations', having hosted or secured to host no fewer than 43 major sports events, second only to USA which registered 49 events in total.
Among those events, China will host the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as the 2022 Asian Games and 2021 Summer Universiade.
Chengdu was recently named host of table tennis' ITTF World Championships team event in 2022, and the same city is expected to be named as the host of the 2025 World Games next week.
Events taking place in 2026 were in play for the first time, including the 2026 Fifa World Cup, which scored for co-hosts USA, Canada and Mexico.
However, this was not enough for USA to retain top spot due to China securing several multi-sport games and world championships over the last 12 months.
With the Index spanning a 14-year period from 2013-2026, the 2028 Olympics and Paralympics in Los Angeles was not taken into account.
Japan climbed two places to third, with the country set to host this year's Rugby World Cup and the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020. The top five was rounded off by the UK and Russia, which fell to fourth and fifth, respectively.
Meanwhile, Tokyo retained and strengthened its title as ‘Global Sports City', opening up a significant gap at the top of Sportcal’s GSI Cities Index 2019, with the RWC and Olympics on the horizon.
With a total of 19,867 points and 13 events, Tokyo now holds a near-4,000 point lead on second place Paris, one of the venues for soccer’s Fifa Women’s World Cup this year and host of the 2024 Olympics, which climbs two positions.
Budapest made the biggest jump in the top five, climbing four places to claim third. The Hungarian city also has the largest number of events to its name (16), recently hosting the 2019 ITTF World Championships, with the inaugural World Urban Games to follow suit later this year.
It was recently announced that the Giro d’Italia, one of cycling’s three annual ‘Grand Tours’, will next year start in Hungary, with its capital city hosting the official start, while in 2023 Budapest will stage athletics' showpiece IAAF World Championships.
Rio de Janeiro continues to fall down the Index having failed to secure any future scoring events other than the Pan-American Masters Games in 2020. Doha, Qatar holds fifth position after being awarded judo's IJF World Championships in 2023, the year after the city will host matches at the Fifa World Cup 2022.
London moves out of the top five, falling four places to sixth.
Sportcal’s data-driven GSI Nations Index analysed 730 world championships and multisport games in 83 sports for 2019. Using a proprietary methodology developed by the GSI Project, core event data was analysed in order to produce a GSI Event Rating for each event.
The GSI Event Rating is then weighted and attributed to host cities, nations and continents across a 14-year time period, creating the sports industry’s original and most comprehensive ranking of sports host destinations worldwide.To read more on Sportcal’s GSI Nations Index 2019 click HERE.
To read more on Sportcal’s GSI Cities Index 2019 click HERE.