Calgary shortlisted for the SportBusiness Ultimate Sports City Awards for the first time

Five new cities, including Calgary, Auckland (New Zealand), Baku (Azerbaijan), Kazan (Russia) and Warsaw (Poland), added to list of 30 countries looking to win the coveted title of Ultimate Sports City

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Calgary, January 14, 2014 – Calgary has been added to the 2014 Ultimate Sports City shortlist just days after garnering international recognition from The New York Times and The Guardian as a world-class tourism destination. The Ultimate Sports Cities awards are the de facto benchmark of sports cities around the world with acknowledgement on the list influencing decisions taken by sports federations, tour organizers and multi-sport event rights holders. Calgary joins Vancouver as the only two Canadian cities recognized on the 2014 shortlist.

“We are honoured and proud to have received this level of distinction from SportBusiness International,” said Marco De Iaco, Vice President Sport and Major Events. “Being recognized as an Ultimate Sports City validates Calgary’s position as one of Canada’s top sport destinations and one of the top winter sport cities in the world.” 

The SportBusiness International release “Five new cities on 2014 Ultimate Sports City shortlist” can be found here >>

Excerpt from the release: 

“The five cities [Calgary (Canada), Auckland (New Zealand), Baku (Azerbaijan), Kazan (Russia) and Warsaw (Poland)] will be looking to snatch the title from London, which won the coveted title when it was last awarded in 2012.

The SportBusiness Ultimate Sports Cities Awards are the internationally recognised and longest established rankings of the world’s top sports hosts and have been held every two years since 2006.

Thirty cities have made the cut for 2014 and will be ranked by SportBusiness’ expert judging panel, all of whom have extensive knowledge of sports events and the destinations that host them.

To reflect the number of smaller cities aspiring to host major sports events, SportBusiness will once again use size bands enabling awards to be made to cities with populations of 1.2m or below, between 1.2m and 3m, between 3m and 7m and finally, 7m or above.

The final results will be announced at the SportAccord Convention in Antalya, Turkey in April and the prize of Ultimate Sports City 2014 will be presented to the winning city alongside awards for individual winners across the scoring categories.” 

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