USA for the third consecutive year has been crowned the No. 1 Global Sports Nation, topping the Sportcal’s Global Sports Impact (GSI) Nations Index in 2018. United Kingdom and China are placed second and third respectively.
USA, within the analysis period, has accumulated a total score of 39,681, having secured no fewer than 48 major sports events, more than any other nation. India, ranked 25th, has climbed four spots this year with seven major sports events and 7,196.
The GSI Nations and Cities Index is based on an in-depth analysis of almost 700 major multi-sport games and world championships over a rolling 14-year period, covering seven years in the past and seven years in the future. This period allows events from a minimum of three Olympic cycles to be taken into consideration.
The index incorporates more than 80 sports, including summer and winter Olympic sports and Olympic ‘recognised’ sports with an aim is to identify which cities and nations are bidding for and winning the right to host global sports events. In order for it to be truly global, the index focuses on events that any country can bid for, with a few exceptions for multi-sport games.
According to Sportcal’s release on their official website, USA’s impressive score is on account of recently awarded events including the Winter Universiade 2023 (Lake Placid), WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup 2018 (Viera), FIL Women’s Lacrosse World Cup 2021 (Maryland), Bobsleigh & Skeleton World Championships 2021 (Lake Placid) and the World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships 2020 (Salt Lake City). The addition of these events has more than doubled USA’s lead at the top of the index to 3,112 points.
As the index spans a 14-year period from 2012–2025, the LA 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games are yet to register and will ensure USA remains a contender for years to come.
The United Kingdom has held on to second place thanks to Birmingham securing the Commonwealth Games in 2022. Despite hosting 30 events in the analysed period, the United Kingdom has lost 2,487 points compared to last year, as high-scoring events such as the Rugby World Cup and IAAF World Championships have been and gone. With this year’s index being the last to include the year 2012, the United Kingdom could find itself falling down the rankings as points from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will no longer register.
China has climbed one position to third at the expense of Russia, having secured the FINA Diving World Cup 2018, UIPM World Championships 2020, IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships 2020, World Wushu Championships 2019, World Rowing Championships 2021 and the UCI Urban Cycling World Championships 2017.
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Russia, despite being the subject of a major doping scandal and its subsequent ramifications, was awarded three major world championships in boxing, gymnastics (trampoline and tumbling) and swimming in the past year, keeping it inside the top five.
With the Rugby World Cup 2019 and 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games approaching, Japan moves above Canada into fifth place. Similarly, France also climbs one position to eighth place, having been awarded the same events in 2023 and 2024, respectively.
Germany holds the seventh place, while Italy falls to ninth, with Brazil remaining in 10th position.
Spain (+2), Switzerland (+1) and Qatar (+1) all rise within the top 20, while Austria and the Netherlands each fall two places.
Outside the top 20, Chile (+31) climbs the most places having been awarded the Pan American Games 2023.
The Philippines (+18) also makes a double-digit jump, having been awarded the FIBA Men’s Basketball World Cup 2023 alongside co-hosts Indonesia and Japan.
Belarus (+9) also improves its position having secured the IIHF World Championships 2021 alongside Latvia as well as the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships 2020.
About Sportcal’s GSI Nations and Cities Index
The GSI Nations and Cities Index is based on in-depth analysis of major multi-sport games and world championships over a rolling 14-year period, covering seven years in the past (including the current year) and seven years in the future. In total, 88 nations and 587 cities have hosted, or are scheduled to host events during this period.
Bids awarded up to and including 2 April 2018 have been included in the April 2018 index.
Each event is given a weighting based on its Global Sports Impact (GSI) Event Rating – this rating is calculated using the latest event data across a range of indicators which measures the size, scale and impact of an event.
The GSI Event Ratings are then attributed to the host nations and cities, producing the GSI Nations and Cities Index. A time weighting is given, so that events in the current year are worth 100 per cent of the rating value, while events in previous or future years are worthless.
The April 2018 index further increased the number of events analysed with 683 events across 155 categories, in 81 sports, including summer and winter Olympic sports and Olympic ‘recognised’ sports.