UK Black Pride, Europe’s biggest community organisation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people of African, Asian and Caribbean heritage, has thrown its full weight behind London’s bid to host the Gay Games 2018.
London will face familiar competition from Paris to host one of the world’s biggest multi-sport events but it has overcome the odds before to beat the French capital for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The other candidate cities for 2018 include Amsterdam, Limerick and Orlando.
If London’s bid is successful more than 12,000 athletes will be expected to take part 30 sporting activities. Several venues that were used for the Olympics and Paralympics will host activities, including the Aquatics Centre for diving, swimming, synchronised swimming and water polo, as well as the Olympic Stadium for the Opening Ceremony. The main events will be held in the O2 arena.
UK Black Pride Director, and ardent sports fan, Dr. Beverly Duguid, said: “London’s bid to host the Gay Games in 2018 gives us an amazing opportunity to showcase the best of our great capital, the most diverse city in the world, just as we did at the 2012 Olympics. As a community-led group, UK Black Pride shares the Gay Games’ vision to promote equality for all LGBT people from around the world. For the Games to be successful in any city, it needs the support thatLondon’s bid has received from the British and, in particular, London-based LGBT community organisations. This is why we’re confidentLondonis best-placed to host the Games. We have the infrastructure, resources, and diversity to make Londona welcoming and inclusive place for all.”
London 2018 Executive Committee member, Chris Gibbons, said: “We’re delighted that UK Black Pride is backingLondon’s bid to host the 2018 Gay Games. Ensuring we have support from groups representing all LGBT people is key to putting on an inclusive Games which celebrates the diversity of the entire LGBT community and beyond.”
The 2014 Gay Games will take place in Cleveland and Akron in the United States. The country has held half of the Games that have taken place since their inception in 1982, in founding city San Francisco twice, as well as New York City and Chicago. The event has only been held outside theUSon four occasions, in Cologne in 2010, Sydney in 2002, Amsterdam in 1998 and Vancouver in 1990.
Outlining the next steps, Dennis Sneyers from the Federation of Gay Games (FGG), said: “Now that all bids have been submitted, each organisation has a chance to answer questions from the public about their bid before three shortlisted cities are announced on 31 May by the FGG Assembly.”
Anyone can submit a question to bidding organisations at the dedicated website: 2018.gaygames.org where the bids of all five cities can also be seen.