The news was made official yesterday night: Paris won the right to host the 2018 Gay Games, seeing off rivals London and the Irish city of Limerick for the honour of hosting what started out in 1982 as the Gay Olympics.
The event retains similarities to the Olympic Games, although it had to change its name before the inaugural event in 1982 after legal objections by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) over name rights.
Its organisers insist the games are open to all, regardless of sexual orientation, religion or nationality, and include up to 36 sporting disciplines. The Gay Games – which take place every four years – see more than 10,000 participants take part. You can visit the official website at http://www.paris2018.com/
The French delegation with Valerie Fourneyron (Ministry of Sports) and the famous olympic champion Laura Flessel. All dressed By Jean Paul Gaultier.
Welcoming the nomination, the city authorities said in a statement that Paris was “an open city that respects the universal values of openness, sharing and freedom”.
As a reminder, the 2014 gay games, both a sporting and cultural event, will take place in Cleveland and Akron in the United States.
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