Glasgow a top sports city

GLASGOW has been placed ninth in a list of the best sports cities in the world.

The position — up two places since previously — was revealed at the prestigious SportBusiness Ultimate Sports City 2012 Awards.

The city, which is hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games, finishes ahead of Olympic cities including Paris, Tokyo, Moscow and Amsterdam.

Councillor Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow city council and chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “Glasgow’s reputation as a world leader in terms of sport is growing year on year thanks to our world-class events programme and investment in facilities such as the stunning new Commonwealth Arena.

“That will only continue as we build towards the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

“To have improved on our 2010 ranking and made the world’s top 10, while retaining our position as the top city in the world when it comes to marketing and branding, is testament to the hard work of our teams across the city and of our national partners.

“We now look forward to continue building Glasgow’s position as one of the best sporting cities in the world”.

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said: “Glasgow’s placing in the 2012 SportBusiness Ultimate Sport City Awards is testament to the fantastic work going on in the city, and on behalf of EventScotland I would like to congratulate all of our Glasgow partners for this achievement.

“The fantastic level of marketing expertise within the city has also been rewarded with the retention of the marketing award.

“Scotland is the perfect stage for major sporting events, and Glasgow has highlighted its own standing amongst the world’s elite.

“With the 2014 Commonwealth Games on the horizon and a number of other World and European championships coming up over the next few years, Glasgow will undoubtedly continue to build on its ever growing reputation in the international sports market”.