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Melbourne – The Sporting Capital Of The World

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Melbourne – The Sporting Capital Of The World

21 April 2016

It’s official: Melbourne is the sporting capital of the world for the last decade.

Overnight, we were crowned the SportBusiness Ultimate Sport City of the Decade at the 10 Year Anniversary Awards in Switzerland, confirming our claim as the world’s best city for sport.

The SportBusiness Ultimate Sport City Awards are the longest-running rankings of the world’s top sports hosts. We took out the one-off gong ahead of Berlin, London, New York and, of course, Sydney.

Melbourne is no stranger to the podium, winning the World’s Ultimate Sports City in 2006, 2008 and 2010 – and we’ve blitzed the field once more. Our city has been judged the 2016 Ultimate Sports City in the Large Cities category, and we’ve claimed the Best Venues category too.

The Award caps a historic decade-long legacy of hosting some of the world’s most sought-after sporting events. We’re home to the Australian Open Grand Slam, the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, the MotoGP and a long list of blockbusters other cities can only dream of staging, including:

• The 2006 Commonwealth Games

• The 2007 FINA World Swimming Championships

• The 2010 UCI Road World Championships

• The 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup

• The 2015 AFC Asian Cup

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Here's a great snippet by the UK media (Sport Business)

"In addition to announcing the overall award of SportBusiness Ultimate Sports City, the winner of the coveted ‘SportBusiness Ultimate Sports City At 10 Anniversary Award’ was unveiled as Melbourne, Australia. The award was introduced to celebrate the city with the greatest impact over the 10 years that the awards have been in existence. Melbourne – the Ultimate Sports City of 2006, 2008 and 2010 - beat off stiff competition from Berlin, London, New York and Sydney for the title. “I am not surprised that Melbourne came out on top for this special 10 year anniversary award,” said Church. “The city has been either the winner or runner up in the awards in the previous five editions of Ultimate Sports Cities and boasts a major events strategy that many other cities have since used as a best practice guide for their own strategies. The city has sports venues that are not only the best in the world but that are at the heart of the city, fostering a greater sense of engagement with the general public and fans when events take place. A highly supportive government at local, regional and national level also means Melbourne offers a safe pair of hands to event organisers in a stunning setting.”

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