Singapore named best sports city in Asia

S'pore held off competition from Tokyo and KL to be named Asia's best sports city (Photo courtesy of SSC)S'pore held off competition from Tokyo and KL to be named Asia's best sports city (Photo courtesy of SSC)

For hosting internationally-acclaimed sporting events such as the Formula 1 SingTel Grand Prix and the World Netball Championships last year, Singapore has been named the best sports city in Asia at this year's Sport Accord International Convention in Quebec.

"We are pleased to be named the best sports city in Asia and we are committed towards building a diverse events strategy, one that will help us create a dynamic and sustained sporting culture in Singapore," said CEO of Singapore Sports Council Lim Teck Ying.

Globally, Singapore is ranked sixth, with top spot going to the 2012 Olympic host city, London.

Melbourne, which was ranked number one in the previous three awards, dropped one spot to second, with Sydney, New York and Manchester making up this year's top five cities.

The cities are assessed on a wide range of criteria including the number of federations hosted, the calibre of events currently being bid for, facilities and venues, transport, accommodation, government support, security, legacy, public sports interest, quality of life and marketing.

The number of annual sports and major events held or won by the cities between 2008 and 2016 is also taken into consideration.

Lim is confident that the Lion City will continue to be ranked among the top sports cities. "With the Singapore Sports Hub due to be completed in 2014, our long-term future looks even brighter than ever," he said.