— Published 5 February 2021

New York keeps the lead

The health crisis has wreaked havoc on the calendar of major sporting events, but it has not changed the annual ranking of the world’s sportiest cities. Established by BCW Sports, the sports branch of the Burson Cohn & Wolfe group, it once again dedicates New York for the year 2020. The American city is leading for the second year in a row, after having long stumbled at the door of the top 5. London retains its second place. The English capital is ahead of Los Angeles, up one place, Barcelona and Paris. Less than four years from the 2024 Games, the French capital has fallen two ranks. Tokyo, sixth last year, falls back to ninth place. In contrast, the very strict measures imposed by the authorities are benefiting Australia, with three cities on the rise: Gold Coast (+11 places), Melbourne (+9) and Sydney (+1). Budapest also climbs the steps to the top four by four. It moved up 14 places in a row to now take 18th place. Good progress also for the two Italian cities, Milan (15th for its first appearance in the standings), and Rome (21st, up 17 places). Finally, it should be noted the leaps forward in Salt Lake City (+15), Munich (+14), Calgary (+12), Indianapolis (+11) and Vancouver (+10).