The internationally recognised Ultimate Sports Cities Awards are the longest established rankings of the world’s top sports hosts and have been held every two years since 2006.
The UK capital maintains its 2012 crown beating the likes of Melbourne which won the coveted title in 2006, 2008 and 2010, New York, Singapore and Berlin.
The city was praised for delivering an outstanding Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012 and for securing an exceptional legacy of grass-roots and elite sporting events. London’s passion for sport was also highlighted as was the city’s ability to attract global media attention for major events.
London topped the table with 662 points, 25 more than second placed Melbourne. London also ranked highly in category awards coming first in three categories - Hosting, Marketing/Branding and Public Sports Interest/Tourism. The city came second in a further three categories showing its capabilities as an exceptional all-rounder.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “Whether it is the Wimbledon tennis championships, the FA Cup Final, Test match cricket at Lords or any of the mind-boggling variety of major events that take place here, there can be no doubt that London is the greatest city on the planet for sport. Fresh from the success of a sell-out Olympic and Paralympic Games, we are now looking forward to a series of thrilling sporting fixtures in the years ahead, many which will be hosted in our stunning 2012 venues. As well as bringing economic dividends, attracting the world’s best sport to our city is motivating even more Londoners to get active and nurturing the stars of the future. I am delighted that our status as a world beater has been recognised through this latest accolade.”