Ajuntament de Barcelona
4 November 2011
Barcelona, a city that lives and breathes sport
Events such as the 1992 Olympic Games, the Barcelona World Race, the 2010 European Athletics Championships, the basketball Final Four 2011, the 2008 Tour de France stage, or the opening ceremony and Big Air of the 2010 World Snowboard Championships have all made Barcelona a world-renowned sporting venue.
What’s more, the candidacy for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games shows not only Barcelona´s firm commitment to sport, but also the talent of this gateway to southern Europe to innovate and surprise.
Sea and mountain harmoniously coexist in this Mediterranean city that boasts the Guinness World Record for the number of participants in a running race. Sport has become yet another feature of Barcelona’s varied cultural life, which fuses architecture, cuisine and design. Year after year, the number of runners multiplies in races such as the Marató (marathon), the half marathon, the Cursa de Bombers (Firefighters’ Race) or the Jean Bouin 10K, to name just a few.
Sport, at any of the thousand-or-so organisations and clubs spread across the city, is a way of life that draws in visitors from around the world and foreign companies alike.
With this background, Barcelona is proud to welcome the third edition of the Global Sports Forum, a platform for debate which will once again turn the city into the world capital of sport.