The Global Sports Nations Index 2016 was revealed during the Global Sports Tourism Summit at the World Travel Market in London, United Kingdom on Monday.
Canada, the United Kingdom and China fall one position to third, fourth and fifth respectively, as part of an unchanged top six as Germany holds sixth position.
Meanwhile, France falls three places to 10th behind Italy and Japan which are now placed seventh and eighth respectively.
Brazil drops one position to ninth despite hosting two of the highest scoring events in the Index, the Fifa World Cup (2014) and the Olympic Games (2016). This highlights Brazil’s failure to capitalise on these mega-events having secured just one scoring event to take place in the next seven years.
USA is also the highest climber within the top 20 alongside Switzerland which also moved four positions, from 22nd to 18th, having been awarded the Floorball Women's World Championship 2019 and FISU’s Winter Universiade 2021.
Austria and Qatar each climb three positions to 13th and 16th respectively whilst Finland and Hungary just miss out on a place in the top 20 despite also climbing three positions, up to 21st and 22nd respectively.
Australia falls four positions, more than any other nation in the top 20, having failed to secure a single scoring event since the calculation of last year’s Index.
Past & Future Sports Nation:
Russia has climbed above China to take back the mantle of top Past Sports Nation which it lost to China last year. Russia hosted world championships in ice hockey, modern pentathlon and speed skating in 2016, following its hosting of 10 Olympic sport world championships during 2014 and 2015 as well as the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Japan beat USA to become the leading Future Sports Nation. Japan is the next host of the Asian Winter Games (2017), Rugby World Cup (2019) and the Olympic and Paralympic Games (2020).
Russia’s position as a Future Sports Nation has undoubtedly suffered following a series of recent events, including a widely-reported ‘state-supported’ doping scandal in Russian sport.
Canada’s withdrawal from hosting the FEI World Equestrian Games in 2018, which has since been awarded to USA, has added to its fall of five positions to ninth and assisted its North American neighbours to the number one spot in the Global Sports Nations Index 2016.
Italy, on the other hand, has climbed an unprecedented 25 positions to 10th having secured a string of events including FISU’s Summer Universiade 2019, the UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships 2018, World Biathlon Championships 2020, FIS Alpine World Ski Championship 2021, Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championship 2017, World Field Archery Championships and the 2018 FIVB Men's Volleyball World Championships which it will co-host with Bulgaria.
The Index analysed 787 events across 146 categories in 75 sports.
The Past Sports Nation and Future Sports Nation Indices analyse the seven-year period up to and including 2016, and the future seven years, respectively.
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The Global Sports Nations and Cities Indices are a product of the Global Sports Impact (GSI) Project, one of the most extensive studies of sport, which has analysed over 2,000 events in a 17-year period. The GSI Project has developed a standard methodology for measuring the impact of major sporting events.
Sportcal recently published its annual Global Sports Impact Report (2016), which analyses the impact of 83 world championships and multi-sport games that took place in 2015 as well as analysis of 60+ additional sports properties, including leagues, tours and series.