Sport London is bidding to host the tenth Gay Games in London in 2018. The Gay Games is held every four years, it comprises a week long sports, cultural and human rights event. It’s open to all, regardless of sexual orientation, age, ability and attracts over 12,000 participants from 70 nations – making it the largest sporting event in the world! People compete at all levels, from complete beginners to elite athletes and includes up to 30 sports with Opening and Closing Ceremonies. The last Games were in Cologne, where 29 world records were broken in the pool, and the next Gay Games, in 2014, are in Cleveland Ohio. The founding principles of the Gay Games are: Inclusion, Participation and Personal Best.
Sport London believes that hosting the Gay Games in the London, and using the facilities of the Olympic Park, would create one of the best and brightest Games ever. It was often said during the Olympics that people come to London, not to pretend to be a Londoner, but to be themselves. London brings out the best in people. People feel London gives them the space to express themselves, where they can know themselves, and be the best that they can be. We saw that with the Olympic Spirit, and we wish to demonstrate that once again, in the most diverse city in the world, with London hosting the 2018 Gay Games.
The Bid Books are submitted in February 2013. London, Paris, Orlando, Limerick and Amsterdam are Candidate Cities. The handover of the flag will happen in Cleveland in 2014 – we need everyone’s support to win the bid. If you think you can help in some way – let us know. Click here form more information
“The UK is currently bidding for the Gay Games in 2018 in London – which could give us something to cheer on that year …and I wish them every luck.” Prime Minister, David Cameron
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