Federation of Gay Games approves new sports for 2018 event

The international Federation of Gay Games today announced approval of new sports for bidding for Gay Games X.

This is the latest step in the bidding process for the 2018 event, for which groups from five cities (Amsterdam, Limerick, London, Orlando, and Paris) are still in the running.

Bidders were allowed for the first time in 2009 to apply for prior authorization of sports not currently on the FGG list of approved sports. During that cycle, bidders from Cleveland took advantage of this opportunity to request approval for Rodeo, which was granted, and which will be included as an associated event in Gay Games 9 in Cleveland+Akron in 2014 (www.gg9cle.com).

The current cycle for Gay Games X in 2018, which will see a host chosen in October 2013, has seen an explosion in these requests. Bidders from Limerick requested permission to include Boxing and Wheelchair Rugby in their bid, while Paris requested the authorization for no fewer than five sports: Archery, Fencing, P