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Principality of Monaco soon to be “World Capital of Sport”?

Capitale Mondiale du Sport 2025 - Monaco ville candidate © Stéphane Danna - Direction de la Communication-min
The Principality of Monaco appears set to be named world capital of sport in 2025 (Photo © Stéphane Danna)

Monaco has officially applied to be named World Capital of Sport 2025

Not long to wait! The Principality should soon be awarded the “World Capital of Sport” title for 2025, succeeding the Bulgarian capital Sofia in 2024.

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The announcement was made on Saturday 21 October by Patrice Cellario, Minister of the Interior, at a press conference held at the Hôtel Hermitage.

“The Principality of Monaco is particularly honoured to be applying for the “Monaco, World Capital of Sport” label because I firmly believe in the positive and lasting impact of the essential sporting values that have been passed on to me,” stated H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince in the foreword to the bid that was submitted to the members of the jury.

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“Through talent, the Principality has been able to assert its international sporting influence; a City-State can be a world benchmark for ethical, sustainable, inclusive and dedicated sports activities.”

Miami and Baku in the running

Over the course of four days, the nine members of ACES were able to gain an insight into Monegasque sports policy, visit the Principality’s main facilities and organisations and talk to representatives who make up the highly diverse and thriving local sports community.

They were also able to watch the Euroleague match between AS Monaco and ALBA Berlin at the Salle Gaston-Médecin.

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“We were able to illustrate in concrete terms the Government’s top three sporting priorities: sport in schools, grassroots sport, and competitive sport. A policy that is endorsed at the highest level by H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince,” said Patrice Cellario.

“The label would be an international recognition and would be a fine reward for the sports policy pursued by the Principality. Gaining this title would be particularly fitting in 2025, the year in which we will be celebrating 20 years since Prince Albert II’s accession to the throne.”

Initially competing against Monaco were Miami (United States) and Baku (Azerbaijan), who then withdrew their bids, clearing the way for Monaco’s application. The announcement of Monaco as 2025’s “world capital of sport” should be made within the fortnight.