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Calgary shortlisted for title of 2016 Ultimate Sport City

Today, Calgary was named as a contender for the prestigious title of Ultimate Sport City, as named by SportBusiness on their shortlist of 30 cities vying for the award.

“Continued recognition as one of the world’s Ultimate Sports Cities validates a long-term commitment to an ambitious and collaborative strategy that embraces the importance of sport as a key pillar to building Calgary into a great city,” said Doug Mitchell, Chair, Calgary Sport Tourism Authority.  "Whether it's about promoting the importance of physical and mental wellness, economic and tourism development or grass roots volunteerism, sport and major events continue to be important to the future of this city.  We are proud that our city, citizens, venues, volunteers and events are being recognized in this way.”

Since 2006, the SportBusiness list has been published every two years. In 2014, Calgary was named Ultimate Sports City (Best Small Sports City category) and 5th overall globally. In 2012, Calgary was highlighted as a city to watch.

“We continue to grow and sustain Calgary as one of the top sport event cities in Canada and one of the pre-eminent winter sport cities in the world.  Calgary has many of the key attributes needed to compete for major events internationally and has a long term and progressive vision to maintain its recognition as an Ultimate Sport City by renewing and revitalizing it’s sport and major event infrastructure and hosting capacity,” said Marco De Iaco, Executive Director of the CSTA and VP Sport & Major Events at Tourism Calgary.

The ‘SportBusiness Ultimate Sports Cities Awards’ are the internationally recognized and longest established rankings of the world’s top sports hosts. Criteria includes: venues, transportation and infrastructure, accommodation, event strategy, government and public support, legacy, quality of life, security and marketing and branding.

Vancouver is the only other Canadian city on the 2016 shortlist, which includes long-established sport hosts including Beijing, Dubai, London, Melbourne, Tokyo and Sochi.

To read the full SportBusiness release, visit

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