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article imagePrime Minister and London Mayor come out for London Gay Games

By Robert Myles     Jan 14, 2013 in Sports
UK Prime Minister David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson are backing a bid for London to host the 2018 Gay Games as part of London’s Olympic legacy.
These days, it seems, Great Britain just can’t get enough sport. Not satisfied with London hosting the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympics and with Glasgow set to host the Commonwealth Games in 2014, London has once again entered a bidding race, this time to host the 2018 Gay Games, reports Yahoo News.
The Gay Games are held every four years with the next Gay Games scheduled to take place in Cleveland, Ohio in 2014. Since their inception in San Francisco in 1982, the Gay Games have grown in stature and now comprise a week of sports competition and culture. The Gay Games are not just for LGBT competitors, but open to all across a range of about 30 different sports disciplines. If the London bid were successful, over 12,000 athletes from more than 70 different nations are expected to descend on the UK capital.
The Gay Games website describes the Gay Games as, “the Games that Change the World,” and refers to the Gay Games as being the world’s biggest international sports and culture festival which is open to all. The founding principles of the Gay Games are, “Participation, Inclusion, and Personal Best™”. The organising committee seek to promote equality for all, but particularly lesbian, gay, bi and trans people.
The London 2018 Gay Games bid is under the stewardship of a network of LGBT London Sports Clubs working together to bring the Gay Games to the city. The bid has won backing from UK Prime Minister David Cameron who is quoted on the London 2018 Gay Games bid website as saying,
“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.”
Boris Johnson  Mayor of London
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
London Mayor Boris Johnson also enthused about the London Gay Games bid. Speaking to the Pink News he said,
“There should be no limit to London’s legacy ambitions. The capital’s bid to host the Gay Games in 2018 is another example of that drive. 2012 has given us the belief to build a positive cornucopia of world-class sporting events.”
The Pink News reports that the London Mayor may already have secured an assurance that London’s Olympic stadium would be available to host the 2018 Gay Games although some doubts remain as Premiership football club, West Ham United, have emerged as the preferred bidder to move to the Olympic Stadium from their current ground, Upton Park.
London faces stiff competition to host the event. According to the Federation of Gay Games website, there are other bids from Orlando in Florida, the European cities of Paris (France), Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Limerick (Ireland). The Brazilian cities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are also reported to have submitted bids.
The successful bid to host the Gay Games 2018 is expected to be announced later this year.
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