London named the world's greatest sporting city - again!

Emily Defroand HRW East London Project
For a sixth year in a row London has been named as the world’s leading sport city.

The ‘2017 Ranking of Sports City’ ranked the top 50 cities from around the world based on public perception of their association with sport. 

Results were based on a public online vote coupled with an industry vote from a select group of top sport leaders drawn from international federations, National Olympic Committees, the media and other influencers in the world of sport. 

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said on twitter: “London has been named as the sporting capital of the world once again. It was amazing to host the IAAF and World Para Athletics Championships in 2017 and we look forward to the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup and International Table Tennis World Cup in London this year.”

Great Britain and England’s Emily Defroand, who grew up in the London borough of Havering, said: “It’s amazing that London has been awarded capital of sport once again, especially with the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup in East London this summer!

“I know London will be in full force cheering all the nations on and I am honoured to be a part of a local East London community project, especially as this is the area in which I grew up.”

Emily works alongside Olympic gold medallist Helen Richardson-Walsh as part of the East London project, which aims to inspire more people to pick up a stick and to come along to watch the action at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.

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