Monday, October 7, the Federation of Gay Games announced the result of the vote to choose the host of Gay Games X. Paris, France was chosen over fellow finalists Limerick and London to organize the 2018 edition of the worldâs largest sporting and cultural event open to all.
The international delegates and board of directors of the Federation of Gay Games voted at the end of a three-day meeting featuring site inspection reports, question-and-answer sessions, committee reviews and, a highlight of the event, the oral presentation by each bidding organization. This meeting was held in Cleveland, host with Akron, of the 2014 Gay Games, presented by the Cleveland Foundation next year from 9-16 August.
David Killian, co-chair of the FGG Site Selection Committee, noted some factors that may have influenced voters in their choice: ãThe vote is the result of dozens of individual choices, but some points stood out for many voters. Paris proposed a wide range of sports in quality venues, many of which offer good visibility for the event. French LGBT sport organizations already have a great deal of experience hosting international multisport tournaments, and their LGBT community presents outstanding cultural events. They are already well advanced in planning, for example, with the designation of a dedicated sports manager. They arrived with demonstrable political support, including Minister for Sport Valerie Fourneyron and five-time Olympic fencing medalist Laura Flessel, who were part of the presentation team. And of course Paris is a great destination to visit or revisit.ä
FGG co-president Kurt Dahl described the next steps: ãWith the selection of our presumptive host, we open a 90-day window to execute our license agreement, with the support of law firm Fox Rothschild on the FGG side. We entered this process close to agreement with all three bidders, so weâre convinced that we will be able to confirm Paris as the host of Gay Games X very shortly.ä
FGG co-president Emy Ritt noted the high level of all the bids and those behind them: ãItâs been such an enriching experience to discover so many new people through this bidding cycle. The talent, energy, and enthusiasm of these men and women was inspiring to all of us at the Federation. We are convinced that all involved will continue to contribute to the Gay Games movement, and we would be fortunate to benefit as an organization from the participation of such outstanding individuals.ä ”The quality of bids for 2018 was superb,” said Dahl. “We thank the teams from Limerick and London for taking part in the Gay Games X bidding process. Their communities should be proud of the detailed plans and enormous heart they showed in their proposals. It’s a real demonstration how deeply important the Gay Games has become over the years that so many talented people from around the world want to carry on its legacy.”
For information about the Federation of Gay Games, visit www.gaygames.org.
The ninth edition of the quadrennial Gay Games will be held in Cleveland + Akron, OH 9-16 August , 2014. For information about Gay Games 9, Cleveland + Akron 2014, visit www.gg9cle.com.
About the Gay Games
Built upon the principles of Participation, Inclusion, and Personal Bestú, since 1982 the Gay Games have empowered thousands of LGBT athletes and artists through sport, culture, and fellowship.
About The Federation of Gay Games:
The international Federation of Gay Games is the governing body the quadrennial Gay Games and promotes the event’s founding principles of ãParticipation, Inclusion and Personal Bestäú. The Gay Games was conceived by Dr. Tom Waddell, an Olympic decathlete, and was first held in San Francisco in 1982 with 1,350 participants. Subsequent Gay Games were held in San Francisco (1986 – 3,500 participants), Vancouver (1990 – 7,300 participants), New York (1994 – 12,500 participants), Amsterdam (1998 – 13,000 participants), Sydney (2002 – 11,000 participants), Chicago (2006 – 11,700 participants), and Cologne, (2010 ö 10,000 participants). Gay Games 9 will be held in Cleveland + Akron, Ohio, USA 9-16 August 2014. Visit www.gg9cle.com for more information.
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