Actually we have two in top ten

Melbourne remains the best location in the world to hold a sports event, coming tops in UK-based publication SportBusiness’ industry analysis of sports cities globally to win the ‘Ultimate Sports City’ award for the third time.

Melbourne has won each time the awards, established in 2006, have been made.

Results were announced today at the City Forum at the SportAccord Convention in Dubai.

Melbourne beat new entrant Singapore into second place, London came third, Berlin fourth and Sydney took fifth.

Although Melbourne was the clear winner by 55 points, only 24 points separated the cities in second, third, fourth and fifth places, highlighting the high level field and close competition that the awards attracted.

In spite of hosting a successful 2010 Winter Olympic Games, Vancouver fell one place to sixth in the table compared with 2008.
New entrant Manchester entered in seventh, with Dubai, Paris and New York completing the top 10.

To reflect the number of smaller cities aspiring to host major sports events, SportBusiness introduced new size bands this year enabling awards to be made to cities with populations of 1m or below (S), between 1m and 3.4m (M), between 3.4m and 7.0m (L) and  7.0m or above (XL).

Ultimate Sports Cities 2010 author Rachael Church-Sanders, said: “Bidding for and then hosting sports events is a massive business with a lot of attention given to major events such as the Olympics, FIFA World Cup and Commonwealth Games.

“Our winner has proven itself as an excellent host for major events but also has a strong track record of hosting Formula One Grand Prix and Australian Open Tennis Championships.

“Melbourne’s excellent facilities, strong government support, exceptional legacy planning, not to mention fabulous weather make it a worthy winner again.”

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