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London named Ultimate Sports City

London named Ultimate Sports City
15 Apr 2014

London has been named as the Ultimate Sports City, beating off stiff competition along the way to claim the prestigious title.

The UK capital featured on a shortlist of 30 cities from around the world, including destinations like Melbourne and Berlin.

Part of the reason for London's win can be attributed to its successful delivery of the 2012 Olympic Games, which were widely considered to be a huge triumph by critics from all over the world.

What's more, it was noted that the city has a clear passion for sport and is able to attract many of the best events, such as the Champions League Final.

The news has, unsurprisingly, been welcomed by Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who said that it is appropriate recognition for the range and scale of the events that the capital stages every year.

He 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 of which will be hosted in our stunning 2012 venues."

Mr Johnson added that the city's sporting heritage does wonders for encouraging young people to participate in activities, which is beneficial for their long-term health.

There is, of course, also an economic benefit to staging huge events.

Among the best events to look forward to this summer is the Wimbledon tennis championships, where Britain's Andy Murray will be striving to retain his title, as well as international football and cricket action.ADNFCR-408-ID-801712945-ADNFCR

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