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Harper Macleod hails Glasgow's position as one of the world's top sports cities

Harper Macleod, which recently retained its ranking as Scotland leading sports law firm, has hailed the news that Glasgow has risen into the world’s top 15 sports destinations, according to the leading index of Global Sports Cities.

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A combination of last year’s Commonwealth Games, to which Harper Macleod was Legal Advisers and sponsors, and an exciting list of upcoming events saw the city climb five places from last year’s 19th.

Glasgow is now sandwiched between Auckland and Vancouver in 14th spot.

Speaking before the sportscotland Scottish Sports Hall of Fame Awards, to which Harper Macleod is a key supporter, Chief Executive Martin Darroch said: “Sport has been a key part of Harper Macleod’s identity almost since the firm began in Glasgow, so it’s great to see it thriving in the city.

“Hosting such high-profile international events brings both economic and cultural benefits to Scotland as a whole, and it is particularly pleasing to see that the entire Commonwealth Games campaign is leaving a legacy in terms of the city being well placed to host events on a global scale.”

Glasgow has just held the Gymnastics World Championships 2015, and in the coming years will welcome events including badminton’s BWF World Championships 2017 and the World Men's Curling Championship 2020, as it utilises its Games venue legacy. Glasgow is also lined up as a co-host of the proposed European Sports Championships in 2018, along with Berlin – which is currently ranked in 62nd place.

Doha, where Harper Macleod’s Athlete Ambassador Sammi Kinghorn recently won a bronze medal at the IPC World Championships, is in sixth spot.

Harper Macleod is renowned for its leading role in sports law, acting for organisations, clubs and individuals which span the full spectrum of sport. The firm’s co-founder, Professor Lorne Crerar arecently acted as part of World Rugby’s disciplinary team at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

The Global Sports Cities index analysed data over a 14-year period (2009-2022), ranking the top 100 from 636 cities which have or will host at least one world championship or multi-sports games. In total there were 708 events over 143 categories.