Ultimate Sports Cities contenders

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Twenty–five cities have made the shortlist to be considered the SportBusiness Ultimate Sports City of 2010. Representing all the continents in the world, the shortlist includes some candidates that featured in the two previous editions in 2006 and 2008, as well as some interesting new entrants.

Melbourne, the reigning Ultimate Sports City (which also won the coveted title in 2006), will once again be challenged by Australian rival Sydney, as well as Beijing, Berlin, Istanbul, London, Madrid, Moscow, Paris and Vancouver, all of which were contenders in both 2006 and 2008. Doha returns from the 2008 edition, as do Shanghai, Valencia and Budapest. Chicago, New York, Rio de Janeiro and Rome all return to the shortlist after a four–year absence, having failed to make the cut in 2008. Seven cities appearing on the shortlist for the first time are Dubai, Glasgow, Johannesburg, Lausanne, Manchester, Monte Carlo and Singapore. The 'SportBusiness Ultimate Sport Cities Awards' are the internationally recognised rankings of the world's top sports hosts. Initiated by independent industry consultant Rachael Church–Sanders in 2006, the 2010 awards will be the third time the recognition has been given. Cities are selected based on SportBusiness' extensive database and knowledge of sports events and the destinations that host them. The shortlist was comprised by analysing the locations of over 2, 000 sports events and federations globally between 2006 and 2014 and awarding points according to the importance of the event or federation. Criteria for Final AwardsAs in the past, the shortlisted cities will be further evaluated according to the size and volume of events they have hosted between 2006 and 2014 alongside a range of other criteria including:• stadia and venues• transport and infrastructure• government and public support• legacy• quality of life• marketing/promotional ability• testimonials/experiences of event personnel. The final results will be announced at the SportAccord Convention in Dubai in April 2010 and the prize of Ultimate Sports City 2010 will be presented to the winning city. Speaking about the shortlist, Ultimate Sports Cities 2010 author Rachael Church–Sanders, said: "Reigning Ultimate Sports City Melbourne faces some stiff competition this year, not only from previous contenders, but also from some newer entrants on the sports hosting scene such as 2010 Youth Olympic Games host Singapore and 2014 Commonwealth Games host Glasgow. Manchester has finally made the cut after just missing out in the two previous editions of the report in 2006 and 2008 due to its greater presence on the hosting stage of world class events. Scoring cities based on their hosting of international sports federations for the first time also means that Lausanne, Dubai and Monte Carlo/Monaco have been given due recognition for their influence in the sporting world which is above and beyond their own status as sports event hosts. "Final Shortlist for Ultimate Sports Cities 2010 (in alphabetical order)BeijingBerlinBudapestChicagoDohaDubaiGlasgowIstanbulJohannesburgLausanneLondonMadridManchesterMelbourneMonte CarloMoscowNew YorkParisRio de JaneiroRomeShanghaiSingaporeSydneyValenciaVancouverFor further details about The SportBusiness Ultimate Sport Cities Awards 2010, contact Stuart Lewis at Stuart. Lewis@sportbusiness. com. To supply information or views on any of the shortlisted cities, please contact Rachael Church–Sanders on rchurch@sportbusiness. com.

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