No sooner has one major international multi-sport event finished than another one looms into view. The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will be the biggest ever, with 6,600 athletes and team officials from 71 Commonwealth nations and territories heading to Australia from 4th to 15th April.
The festivities come at an interesting time in the history of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), which last year lost and replaced the host of its 2022 event and established a new partnerships division in collaboration with agency giant Lagardère Sports and Entertainment. Louise Martin, the first female president in the CGF's history, talks to Eoin Connolly about her expectations for the event, the role of the Games in furthering the ambitions of the wider Commonwealth movement, the prospects for women in sport, and plenty besides.
Elsewhere in Issue 99
- With the first of three consecutive Olympic Games on the continent now complete, SportAccord returns to Asia in April, bringing the usual raft of representatives from international federations and leading host cities with it to the Thai capital of Bangkok.
Issue 99 looks at what to expect from the conference and checks in on a number of global sporting bodies, including the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), the Badminton World Federation (BWF)and world basketball's FIBA, while also dropping in at major events with the International Floorball Federation (IFF) and the International Judo Federation (IJF).
- After years of sometimes challenging build-up, PyeongChang 2018 delivered some compelling images, storylines and memories in February. Now that the powder has settled, former International Olympic Committee marketing director and TOP sponsorship pioneer Michael Payne gives his verdict on proceedings in South Korea, while SportsPro data partner Hookit delves into the data on the most social Games to date.
- Soccer fans everywhere are preparing for the Fifa World Cup in Russia this summer but before that comes a decision on who will host the 2026 edition of the biggest single-sport event of them all. Michael Long profiles the United bid from the US, Canada and Mexico, and Morocco's underdog entry in a race that looks set to be unexpectedly competitive.
There's also a look at the evolution of Sportradar, a data discussion led by The Sports Consultancy, and all of our regular round-ups and features.
SportsPro Issue 99 is available now, and you can find out how to get a copy here.