Global Sports Nation Announcement
Latest Global Sports Nation Index Announced
- Canada surges to 2nd Overall as Host Nation
May 27, 2013 (Saint Petersburg, Russia) - Canada has surged to second place in the 2013 Global Sports Nation Index announced today by Sportcal (UK), as part of its Global Sports Impact Project.
China has retained its place as the leading global sports nation for 2013. Two new events have been awarded to China since November; the 2014 World Men’s Curling Championship and 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships. The country has taken a noticeable step back from bidding for major events with the recent announcement that it is to concentrate on a ‘Sport for All’ policy rather than hosting major sports events.
China faces a new challenger in the form of Canada. Canada is the most significant mover in the top 20, up three places to second overall, due primarily to a strong period of landing world championships in curling, swimming and hockey, as well as two major events scheduled for 2015: Pan/Parapan American Games and the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The announcement was made in Saint Petersburg, Russia, in conjunction with Sportaccord Convention 2013.
The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA), as it has since 2007, is leading a Team Canada delegation to the event. “We’re thrilled with the results of today’s announcement,” said Rick Traer, CEO of the CSTA. “It validates that the collective efforts of our federal, provincial, municipal and sport partners has created more hosting opportunities for communities across Canada. The economic, social and sport development benefits of hosting are well documented, but we still have much work to do achieve our goal as the world’s leading sport hosting nation.”
Team Canada partners in attendance at the event include the Canadian Olympic Committee, Tourism Calgary, Tourism Saskatoon, Regina Regional Opportunities Agency, Tourism Moncton, Tourisme Montreal, Events Edmonton, Quebec City Tourism and Tourism Vancouver/PAVCO.
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