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A Wave of Handball Championships in Denmark Tips Off on the Beach

The 2013 European Beach Handball Championships begin an exciting run of international handball championships in Denmark.

Within the next seven months six European trophies will be awarded on Danish soil. The Danish Handball Federation hosts three European Championships: The 2013 European Beach Handball Championships in July, the W19 2013 European Championship in August and the 2014 Men’s European Championship in January.

Following that, in less than two years time, Denmark will stage the 2015 Women’s World Championship in December. This autumn Denmark will also bid to host the 2019 Men’s World Championship.

But this weekend four trophies for the 2013 European Beach Handball Championships will be awarded. Both men and women, in youth and senior ranks, will play on a venue that has been transformed into an exciting event area both on and off the court, with a relaxed beach atmosphere and beachy music. This is the first time ever that the Danish Handball Federation has hosted an international Beach Handball tournament.

“Beach handball is rapidly developing, both nationally and internationally. The special atmosphere and entertaining game set-up is appealing in its own way both for spectators and players,” says Morten Stig Christensen, secretary general of the Danish Handball Federation. “We are pleased to provide the Danish audience with the opportunity to experience beach handball at the highest level and hope for many visitors in Randers in the next ten days.”

The Danish Handball Federation has organised the 2013 European Beach Handball Championship with the strong partners the City of Randers and Sport Event Denmark. This is a crucial partnership for the event according to the secretary general:

“Sport Event Denmark once again has been hands-on and is very skilled when it comes to hosting international sports events, both financially and from a sport event management point of view,” says Stig Christensen. “This basically makes it possible for us to bid for and host championships in Denmark. At the same time the City of Randers put in a lot of dedication and really contributed to the organisation of this specific event.”

For more info: http://www.dhf.dk/ebhc2013

The 2013 European Beach Handball Championships are organised in cooperation with the City of Randers and Sport Event Denmark.

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European Championships in Denmark build business relations with Germany

H.R.H The Crown Princess Mary, H.R.H. The Princess Benedikte and Minister for Business and Growth, Annette Vilhelmsen, visited the German World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, as Denmark is partner country due to the ECCO FEI European Championships this year.

Denmark plays host of the ECCO FEI European Championships – Jumping, Dressage and Para Dressage and consequently Denmark has had the opportunity to become partner country of the great World Equestrian Festival in Aachen. Thus the Danish initiative, Experience Denmark, contributed to the partner parade yesterday and to the opening of the festival today.

“To be chosen as partner country in the World Equestrian Festival CHIO is a great honour and a unique opportunity for Denmark and the Danish riding community. During the coming days we will have the opportunity to not only experience world class equestrian competitions, but also a taste of what Denmark has to offer from attractive business opportunities, exciting cultural experiences and as a desired tourist destination,” said H.R.H. The Crown Princess Mary at the official reception in Aachen.

“At the moment all eyes are on China and Russia’s growing markets. However, Germany is still Denmark’s most important trading partner, and will continue to be so in the years to come. As the chosen partner country of the International World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Denmark will reach over 80 million tv-viewers. This gives us a unique branding opportunity on the German market. The initiative is a good example of how international sports events can attract tourists to Denmark and strengthen business relations between our two countries,” says Minister for Business and Growth, Annette Vilhelmsen, who visited Experience Denmark in Aachen on June 24.

“We are pleased that H.R.H The Crown Princess Mary, H.R.H The Princess Benedikte and Minister for Business and Growth, Annette Vilhelmsen visited the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen. We are also very pleased that H.R.H The Princess Benedikte supports this initiative and has undertaken the role of patron for the FEI ECCO European Championships in Denmark. We are proud to demonstrate how a championship can build new business relationships, attract tourists to Denmark and brand Denmark as sport events and tourist destination,” says Lars Lundov, CEO, Sport Event Denmark, that partners Experience Denmark and the ECCO FEI European Championships – Jumping, Dressage – Para Dressage in Herning in August.

Editor’s Note:

EXPERIENCE DENMARK is the title of a collected experiential presentation of Danish business, culture and tourism at international events. It will be presented in Germany on 23 – 30 June 2103 during the World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen, where Denmark is this year’s official partner country.

Denmark has been as selected partner country of the CHIO Aachen 2013 as a result of Denmark hosting the ECCO FEI European Championships in jumping, dressage and para-dressage in August 2013. The Championships are organised in cooperation between the Danish Equestrian Federation, Sport Event Denmark, European-Herning ApS and the city of Herning.

Contributing to the PR and public exposure of EXPERIENCE DENMARK and the Danish partnership with CHIO Aachen are ECCO, VisitDenmark, the Royal Danish Embassy in Berlin and the Branding Denmark Fund.

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Copenhagen will stage Ironman

World Triathlon Corporation (d/b/a IRONMAN®) today announced the acquisition of YWC Sports, Copenhagen.

The privately held company organizes several triathlons and endurance sport events throughout Denmark including the popular KMD Challenge Copenhagen and KMD Challenge Aarhus. YWC Sports’ events are a strong addition to our global race calendar. Details on the event schedule will be released over the next two weeks.

Andrew Messick, CEO, IRONMAN: “We are committed to growth in Europe as there is great passion for the sport of triathlon here. YWC has a strong line-up of triathlons and we are excited to help advance the sport in Denmark.”

Jeppe Rindom, Chairman of the Board, YWC Sports: “The two triathlon events in Copenhagen and Aarhus are both one of a kind with huge international potential. Our ambition has always been to create events of international and world-class scale. We believe that the experience and capabilities of IRONMAN will help us to achieve that.”

Lars Lundov, CEO Sport Event Denmark: “We have been very pleased with the presence of the KMD Challenge events in Copenhagen and Aarhus since 2010. YWC Sports has worked hard to build successful triathlons in Denmark and we see this new collaboration with IRONMAN as a great way to further develop major sport events here in Copenhagen while attracting more international participants and bringing attention to our city.”

Pia Allerslev, Mayor of Culture and Leisure City of Copenhagen: “Copenhagen is an excellent and progressive scene for major events and IRONMAN helps brand us as an active city with an international perspective. We are looking forward to hosting and supporting all the international participants and sports fans.”

Karen Nielsen, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, KMD: “It has been an absolute pleasure to support YWC Sports as title sponsor for the triathlon events since 2011. We have experienced a very positive development on both the professional and amateur triathlon scene in Denmark, and triathlon has been booming in Denmark since the first Challenge Copenhagen in 2010. We look forward to see what the future brings working with IRONMAN.”

Lars Bernhard Jørgensen, CEO, Wonderful Copenhagen: “Since day one, KMD Challenge Copenhagen, placed itself as a strong, well produced and unique sporting event, in the middle of Copenhagen. Todays news marks a significant accomplishment for the entire organization behind the event, the sponsors and the city of Copenhagen.”

About IRONMAN

The iconic IRONMAN® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN® brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Recognized for excellence through distinguished events, world-class athletes and quality products, World Triathlon Corporation (d/b/a IRONMAN), owner and operator of the IRONMAN® Series, has grown from owner of a single race to a global sensation with nearly 190 events across five unique brands: IRONMAN®, IRONMAN 70.3®, 5150™ Triathlon Series, Iron Girl® and IronKids®. For more information, visitwww.ironman.com.

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Handball: Final draw for the Men’s EHF Euro 2014

The draw for the Men’s EHF EURO 2014 took place tonight in Denmark while spectators from all over the world could follow the draw online.

“The Men’s EHF Euro 2014 will be a true celebration of handball, and together with the four host cities and Sport Event Denmark we will contribute to the handball festivities inside and outside the arenas. We look forward to welcoming the 16 participating nations into the Danish handball culture. With the short distances between the arenas here in Denmark there will be good opportunities to follow the teams onsite right through from the preliminaries to the finals,” says Per Bertelsen, President, Danish Handball Federation.

“Now we know the composition of the four groups of the Men’s EHF Euro 2014, and we look forward to welcoming the participating nations as well as the rest of the European handball world to Denmark. Based on the event experiences the Danish Handball Federation, the four host cities and Sport Event Denmark we will display the unique Danish Handball culture. We hope to do this so well that Denmark can become host of Men’s World Championships in near future,” says Lars Lundov, CEO, Sport Event Denmark that partner the event.

Prior to the draw, Denmark, as the host nation, had the right to define one team per group. Following that decision, Denmark is placed in group 1 which will be played in Herning at the state of the art 14,000 capacity multi arena Jyske Bank Boxen.

Group A: Herning. Denmark* – Czech Republic – FYR Macedonia – Austria

Group B: Aalborg. Spain – Iceland – Hungary- Norway*

Group C: Aarhus. Serbia – France* – Poland – Russia
Group D: Copenhagen (Broendby): Croatia – Sweden*- Belarus – Montenegro

* Defined by Denmark as the organizer; placement depending on the pot of the respective team. (Which venues will host groups B, C and D respectively is to be determined)
For an overview, the 16 teams have been seeded as follows:

• Pot 1: Denmark, Serbia, Croatia, Spain

• Pot 2: Czech Republic, Iceland, France, Sweden

• Pot 3: FYR Macedonia, Belarus, Hungary, Poland

• Pot 4: Norway, Austria, Montenegro, Russia

Editor’s Note

Men’s EHF Euro 2014 will be staged form 12th of January to 26th of January 2014 in four host cities with 16 participating nations:

• Aalborg, Gigantium (Preliminary)

• Copenhagen, Broendby Hallen (Preliminary)

• Aarhus, NRGi Arena (Preliminary, main)

• Herning, Jyske Bank Boxen (Preliminary, main and final)

Denmark is defending champions. Men’s EHF Euro 2012 was staged in Serbia. The tournament was won by Denmark over Serbia.

Men’s EHF Euro has been organized since 1994 and is staged every two years. Denmark won bronze in 2002, 2004 and 2006. In 2008 Denmark took the gold medals.

Men’s EHF Euro 2014 is the first European Championship on Danish soil ever and the first finals since the World Championships in 1978.

Danish Handball Federation is hosting the Men’s EHF Euro 2014 for the European Handball Federation. Sport Event Denmark partners the event.

Contact:

Per Bertelsen, president, Danish Handball Federation. Mobile +45 21 48 06 66

Lars Lundov, CEO, Sport Event Denmark. Mobile +45 40 31 48 55

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100 days until VELUX EuroVolley2013 begins

The men’s 2013 CEV VELUX Volleyball European Championship is approaching quickly. Today there are 100 days to the Final Round in Denmark and Poland begins. Fans from 31 countries around the world have bought tickets to the historic Final Four Weekend in Parken Stadium.

Sport fans in general and volley fans in particular can await a genuine treat when VELUX EuroVolley2013 begins the 20th of September. The very best of European volleyball will fight for gold medals in six fantastic arenas, and with 100 days to the first blue and yellow volleyball is served, the Managing Director of the local Organizing Committee in Denmark rounds gives a status:

“For us the countdown began long time ago. Since October 2010 where it was clear that we were going to co-host the championship together with Poland, we have worked focused toward the 20th of September 2013. Of course we have had a natural focus on selling tickets, as we want to make VELUX EuroVolley2013 a great party for both players and fans. The interest has been great and fans from 31 countries have already bought tickets to the historic Final Four Weekend in Parken Stadium in Copenhagen in Denmark,” says Mads Bang Aaen.

Not only a fight for gold

Besides the focus on selling tickets, the Danish hosts have planned more than 40 side events all over the country. The side events shall expand the interest for volleyball in Denmark so more people will play after the championship.

“We have just held some huge school tournaments where a class from each of the four host cities Herning, Odense, Aarhus and Copenhagen in Denmark get the opportunity to qualify for a final round in Copenhagen the same weekend as the professionals are playing in Parken. They will of course also get tickets to the final. Furthermore we arrange a great and free tournament in a nearby public park the same weekend as the Final Four is being played. We hope, that the fans coming to Copenhagen will play volleyball themselves in the morning and then watch the finals in the afternoon,” says Mads Bang Aaen.

Watch the video “The easy way to VELUX EuroVolley2013” here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KH6HNfYgg8

Facts about the 2013 CEV VELUX Volleyball European Championship – Men

• Denmark and Poland co-host the championship. Both countries have two preliminary pools with four nations in each. Semi-finals and the final are played in Denmark.

• It is the first time that both nations host a European Championship.

• The European Volleyball Championship takes place from the 20th of September to the 29th of September 2013.

• The arenas in Denmark are: Odense (Arena Fyn), Herning (Boxen), Aarhus (NRGi Arena) and Copenhagen (Parken).

• The arenas in Poland are: Gdansk (Ergo Arena) and Gdynia (Sports Hall).

• VELUX is title sponsor of the 2013 CEV VELUX Volleyball European Championship – Men.

• The Danish partners for the 2013 CEV VELUX Volleyball European Championship are: Sport Event Denmark, Odense, Herning, Aarhus and Copenhagen.

• Serbia is defending European Champions.

• Russia is ruling Olympic Champions.

• Qualified countries: Denmark and Poland are qualified as host nations. Serbia, Italy, Russia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Belarus, Netherlands, Finland, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Belgium and Turkey.

• Web: www.eurovolley2013.dk

• Facebook: www.facebook.com/eurovolley2013

• Twitter: www.twitter.com/eurovolley2013 #ev2013

• YouTube: www.youtube.com/eurovolleyball2013

• Buy tickets here: https://volleyball.www2.dk/

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Sakamoto Breezes into Nations Cup Final after Vladivostok Surprise

Wataru Sakamoto defied home advantage and the rankings to win the Asia regional final of the ISAF Nations Cup in Vladivostok and qualify for the Grand Final in Middelfart, Denmark on August 6-10.

After three days racing in Platu 25s in stable 6-12 knot south-easterly winds at the Seven Feet Yacht Club on the waters of Amursky Bay, Sakamoto dominated Singapore’s Maximilian Soh in the final on Sunday, reeling off three successive victories. Soh will also get a wildcard to the Grand Final in Middelfart.

Japan and Singapore join the USA, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Sweden, Finland, Australia, New Zealand and of course, Denmark in the Open category of the Grand Final.

For an elated Sakamoto, coached by the Laurie Jury, the winner of the last Nations Cup in 2011, it was third time lucky in Vladivostok.

“For sure, it a surprise to win, in spite of aiming it every time,” Sakamoto said. “I’m very happy as it is our third time to challenge in Vladivostok and we didn’t succeed to get the golden medal before.”

Sakamoto was cautious about his chances in Denmark.

“I’m not sure, of course, but my coach Laurie Jury is the winner of the latest Nations Cup, and he encourages us a lot,” Sakamoto said. “This Grand Final will be the biggest event for us.”

Sakamoto led from the front in the final in three races with no penalties and he gave Soh few opportunities to pass.

“On one hand we are very happy to be second because our aim before we came here was to reach the finals,” Soh said. “But still we are disappointed to loose the final.

“(Middelfart) will be an experience for sure and we will try our best. Everything might happen in sailing. It’s going to be difficult as there will be many top skippers.”

The bi-annual Nations Cup is the showcase event for emerging match racing talent and former winners include Ed Baird, the 2007 America’s Cup winning helmsman.

Middelfart will doubtless be a good challenge and all the crews will have to adapt quickly to the conditions in this part of the Triangle Region. The Fænøsund out of Middelfart Marina, with its narrow waters, different and strong currents and localised winds make it unique and exciting for the match race crews and overlooking spectators.

Vladimir Lipavsky, many people’s pre-regatta favourite, left his charge to the line too late. The Moscow sailor won the third-fourth place play-off 3-0 against Vladivostok’s Ilya Ermakov, but had been well-beaten 3-0 by Soh in the semi-final on Saturday. Sakamoto beat Ermakov 3-1 in the other semi-final.

N.B. There was no women’s event in Vladivostok, that will take place at Viana do Castelo, Portugal on June 12-16.

Results:

1. Wataru SAKAMOTO – JPNWS2 (Japan)

2. Maximilian SOH – SINMS1 (Singapore)

3. Vladimir LIPAVSKY – RUSVL1 (Russia)

4. Ilya ERMAKOV – RUSIE1 (Russia)

5. Nikolay KOROLEV – RUSNK5 (Russia)

6. Ebrahim ABDULLA – BRNEA1 (Bahrain)

Round Robin Results (out of 10 races):

1. Wataru SAKAMOTO – 8

2. Ilya ERMAKOV – 6

3. Maximilian SOH – 5.5

4. Vladimir LIPAVSKY – 5

5. Nikolay KOROLEV – 3.5

6. Ebrahim ABDULLA – 1

Grand Final

Middelfart, Denmark – 6-10 August 2013

Note to Editors:

The ISAF The Nations Cup Grand Final 2013 – powered by The Triangle Region, held on 6–10 August 2013 in Middelfart, is organised by Match Racing Denmark on behalf of sailing clubs in Middelfart, Horsens, Vejle, Fredericia, Kolding and Sonderborg. Partners are Destination Lillebælt, Middelfart Municipality, Developing Fyn, Sport Event Denmark and the companies like Middelfart Savings Bank, Dong Energy, Aarsleff, AH Industries, Scanprint, Jyske Bank, Dinex, Bunker Holding and Hindsgavl Castle.

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Belgium, Slovenia and Turkey book last EuroVolley2013 tickets

The 16 teams for the 2013 CEV VELUX Volleyball European Championship – Men are found.

Belgium, Slovenia and Turkey booked the last three tickets for the Final Round of EuroVolley2013 and join Denmark, Poland, Serbia, Italy, Russia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Belarus, Netherlands, Finland, Germany, France and the Czech Republic.

In the third qualification round Belgium needed a Golden Set to book their EuroVolley2013 ticket after having won over Greece 3-0 away and lost 2-3 and home. Slovenia downed Croatia 3-1 and 3-0. And finally Turkey beat Latvia 3-0 at home, lost 2-3 away and then won the Golden Set.

”It is really nice to know all the team in all the pools with just a little more than 100 days to EuroVolley2013 begins. We are looking forward seeing Belgium and Slovenia in Denmark. Also a big congratulations to Turkey with a great performance in their third round qualification matches,” says Mads Bang Aaen, Managing

Director of the local Organizing Committee in Denmark.

The 2013 CEV VELUX Volleyball European Championship – Men is played the 20th-29th of September in Denmark and Poland.

Facts about the 2013 CEV VELUX Volleyball European Championship – Men

• Denmark and Poland co-host the championship. Both countries have two preliminary pools with four nations in each. Semi-finals and the final are played in Denmark.

• It is the first time that both nations host a European Championship.

• The European Volleyball Championship takes place from the 20th of September to the 29th of September 2013.

• The arenas in Denmark are: Odense (Arena Fyn), Herning (Boxen), Aarhus (NRGi Arena) and Copenhagen (Parken).

• The arenas in Poland are: Gdansk (Ergo Arena) and Gdynia (Sports Hall).

• VELUX is title sponsor of the 2013 CEV VELUX Volleyball European Championship – Men.

• The Danish partners for the 2013 CEV VELUX Volleyball European Championship are: Sport Event Denmark, Odense, Herning, Aarhus and Copenhagen.

• Serbia is defending European Champions.

• Russia is ruling Olympic Champions.

• Qualified countries: Denmark and Poland are qualified as host nations. Serbia, Italy, Russia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Belarus, Netherlands, Finland, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Belgium and Turkey.

• Web: www.eurovolley2013.dk

• Facebook: www.facebook.com/eurovolley2013

• Twitter: www.twitter.com/eurovolley2013 #ev2013

• YouTube: www.youtube.com/eurovolleyball2013

• Buy tickets here: https://volleyball.www2.dk/

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2016 World Rowing Masters Regatta could be staged in beautiful Denmark

Today the Danish bid for 2016 World Rowing Masters Regatta was presented to FISA Masters Rowing Commission in London. Should the event be awarded Denmark, the participants will have a scenic venue on a natural lake in a beautiful forest just 10 miles from Copenhagen – the capital awarded Sport Event City 2011.

“The presentation went very well and I’m confident that our strong bid more than met the objectives of FISA. We will make the 2016 World Rowing Masters Regatta a celebration of our sport, mixing the rowers’ sport performances with spectator friendly surroundings and services. We are confident that we can show an event of high international standard in the beautiful and natural surroundings of Lake Bagsvaerd, with everything at close range and handled by experienced event partners,” says Henning Bay Nielsen, president of the Danish Rowing Federation.

“It was a very nice presentation, and there might be a big interest for coming to Copenhagen. There are many Danish masters rowers, who over the years have contributed to promote masters rowing. A masters event in Denmark could be payback time,” says Tone Pahle, chair of FISA Masters Rowing Commission.

“The Danish coastline is 7,314 km and Denmark has more than 1,000 lakes. This explains why Denmark has a long-standing and strong tradition for rowing on both elite and recreational levels. Nevertheless it has been quite some years since Denmark last hosted a rowing World Championship and we are very pleased to present the Danish bid for the 2016 World Rowing Masters Regatta,” says Lars Lundov, CEO, Sport Event Denmark that will partner the event.

Lake Bagsvaerd is a natural lake surrounded by beautiful Danish forest. The lake has been used for international rowing events for many decades. Previously numerous international rowing regattas were staged at the lake, for example the 1987 World Rowing Championships and the 2000 U23 World Rowing Championships.

Lake Bagsvaerd is in the middle of a forest but the regatta facilities are less than 10 miles away from the city hall square (and Tivoli) in the center of Copenhagen with easy access. Copenhagen is the main hub for all air travel in this region of Northern Europe. Its stunning international airport is one of the newest in Europe and serves all the major airlines in the world.

Lately Canoe Marathon World Cup 2012 was held at Lake Bagsvaerd and 2013 Canoe Marathon World Championships and 2015 Canoe Sprint World Cup will take place here.

The bid for the 2016 World Rowing Masters Regatta was presented by the Danish Rowing Federation, Sport Event Denmark and the Cities of Copenhagen, Gladsaxe and Lyngby- Taarbaek. With these committed partners in place, Denmark has thus many years of event planning experience to offer to FISA.

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EuroVolley2013 goes mobile

Now volley fans from all over the world can download the official EuroVolley2013 app to their smartphones for free.

The organizers of the men’s 2013 CEV VELUX Volleyball European Championship have created an app for smartphones, so the excitement, the thrill, and world class volleyball of this major sport event will be accessible to all volleyball fans, wherever they are.

“EuroVolley2013 shall be a party for both the players and the fans. This app is probably mostly for the fans, and it will give you all the news, the match schedule, live score, facts about the players, pictures, and videos. And you can purchase tickets for the matches in Denmark directly on the phone. The app is of course free of charge,” says Managing Director of the local Organizing Committee in Denmark.

You can download the EuroVolley2013 app for both iPhone and Android.

Facts about the 2013 CEV VELUX Volleyball European Championship, Men

• Denmark and Poland co-host the championship. Both countries have two preliminary pools with four nations in each. Semi-finals and the final are played in Denmark.

• It is the first time that both nations host a European Championship.

• The European Volleyball Championship takes place from the 20th of September to the 29th of September 2013.

• The arenas in Denmark are: Odense (Arena Fyn), Herning (Boxen), Aarhus (NRGi Arena) and Copenhagen (Parken).

• The arenas in Poland are: Gdansk (Ergo Arena) and Gdynia (Sports Hall).

• VELUX is title sponsor of the 2013 European Volleyball Championships.

• The Danish partners for the 2013 European Volleyball Championships are: Sport Event Denmark, Odense, Herning, Aarhus and Copenhagen.

• Serbia is defending European Champions.

• Russia is ruling Olympic Champions.

• Qualified countries: Denmark and Poland are qualified as host nations. Serbia, Italy, Russia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Belarus, The Netherlands, Finland, Germany, France and the Czech Republic. The last three of a total 16 nations will be found in the European qualifications third round in June 2013. Here Croatia faces Slovenia, Greece faces Belgium and Turkey faces Latvia.

• Web: www.eurovolley2013.dk

• Facebook: www.facebook.com/eurovolley2013

• Twitter: www.twitter.com/eurovolley2013 #ev2013

• YouTube: www.youtube.com/eurovolleyball2013

• Buy tickets here: https://volleyball.www2.dk/

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Latest Global Sports Nation Index Announced – Denmark no. 18

China has retained its place as the leading global sports nation for 2013, according to the second annual edition of the Sportcal report that analyses the success of nations in attracting major sports events. Denmark has leapfrogged both Sweden and Australia into 18th place. Although no new events were awarded to the three countries, Denmark benefitted from increased weightings for the five world championships it will host in 2014 and 2015.

The Global Sports Impact (GSI) Project is an extensive study by Sportcal, the leading sports market research company, which has analysed over 700 major sporting events between 2008 and 2019. Events that have been included in the study are events that are regularly rotated throughout the world and can be hosted in more than one continent.

Two new events have been awarded to China since the first edition of the report in November 2012; the 2014 World Men’s Curling Championship and 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships. The country has taken a noticeable step back from bidding for major events with the recent announcement that it is to concentrate on a ‘Sport for All’ policy rather than hosting major sports events.

China faces a new challenger in the shape of Canada. Canada is the most significant mover in the top 20 up three places to second. This is due to a strong period of landing world championships in curling, swimming and ice hockey, as well two major events slated for 2015: Pan American Games and the Fifa Women’s World Cup.

Top Twenty Global Sports Nations 2013 (2012)

1 China 44,369 (1)

2 Canada 39,032 (5)

3 Russia 38,137 (3)

4 United Kingdom 37,421 (2)

5 Italy 35,157 (4)

6 Germany 28,345 (6)

7 USA 24,560 (9)

8 Brazil 24,001 (8)

9 Korea 23,528 (12)

10 France 22,995 (7)

11 Spain 21,907 (11)

12 Netherlands 21,418 (10)

13 Turkey 17,192 (14)

14 Japan 16,251 (13)

15 Austria 14,874 (17)

16 Poland 14,717 (16)

17 Czech Republic 13,343 (21)

18 Denmark 11,882 (20)

19 Sweden 11,880 (18)

20 Australia 11,505 (19)

For a full list of nations please visit, www.sportcal.com/gsi

Russia retains third spot. Whilst no major new events were awarded in the last six months, the country faces a big year ahead. The summer Universiade and athletics’ IAAF World Championships are taking place in Kazan and Moscow, respectively, in July and August. The 2014 winter Olympic Games in Sochi also loom large on the horizon raising the prospect that Russia could be the leading nation in 2014.

The UK has dropped two spots to fourth. The UK will be confident of regaining ground in the years to come when the ‘Gold Event Series’ kicks into gear. The campaign is run by UK Sport, the sports funding and administration body and the government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The Gold Event Series aims to bring a total of 70 top sports events to the country over the next six years, more than half of which will be either world or European championships in the likes of diving, field hockey, figure skating and boxing.

The gap between China and the chasing three has reduced considerably in 2013 and with the prospect of the Beijing Olympics 2008 dropping out of the index in 2014 the chances of a new leading nation in 2014 are very high. There are less than 4,000 points separating Canada in second and Italy, which will stage the 2013 winter Universiade in Trentino, in fifth. Germany retains its sixth place.

USA is up two places to seventh, after landing world championships in wrestling (2015) and women’s ice hockey (2017). Brazil stays eighth. The South American country has moved away from the bidding arena as it focuses on delivery of venues and infrastructure for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

South Korea is another notable riser, up three spots to nine. This is largely due to increased weightings for its hosting of the 2014 Asian Games (Incheon), 2015 summer Universiade (Gwangju) and 2018 winter Olympics (PyeongChang).

France rounds out the top 10, down three places on 2012 due to a lack of new event announcements. However, the launch of the French Committee of International Sport, a new international sports relations strategy co-ordination group acting on behalf of France’s sports ministry and the CNOSF, the country’s national Olympic committee in April, is likely to lead to a ramp up in bidding activity. It aims to “consolidate and strengthen” the international influence of French sport.

Turkey (13) and Japan (14) – two countries looking to land the 2020 Olympic Games – have swapped places on the index this year, with their other rival Spain unmoved in 11th.

After being awarded the 2017 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships, and with a strong series of events lined up over the next two years, the Czech Republic is a new entrant to the top 20 this year, in at 17, ousting Switzerland from the list.

Denmark has leapfrogged both Sweden and Australia into 18th place. Although no new events were awarded to the three countries, Denmark benefitted from increased weightings for the five world championships it will host in 2014 and 2015.

The Global Sports Impact project aims to create an internationally accepted methodology for measuring the impact of sports events across the globe. The project enables events to be compared across a standard set of indicators.

Global Sports Impact has been developed through a consultative process involving a wide range of experts and academics and has been supported by a variety of government organisations and academic institutions. Each event is given a global sports index weighting based on a set of criteria which has been determined by over 200 sports industry experts. Lead partners of the project are UK Sport and Singapore Sports Council with supporting partners JTA and Sagacity. ISEAL from Victoria, Melbourne are the lead academic partner with support from other academic institutes throughout the world.

For further information on the Global Sports Impact Project visit www.sportcal.com/gsi or contact us on +44 20 8944 8786 or gsi@sportcal.com.