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Gay Games and Outgames to combine

Sat 27 Mar 2010 In: International News View at Wayback View at NDHA

The Gay Games and Outgames are to combine into just one event from 2018. The agreement comes after a meeting in Manchester, UK, of the co-presidents of the Federation of Gay Games and the Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association (GLISA), which organises the Outgames. A joint working group will be set up to continue the discussions required to carry out the intended goal of one world event in 2018, which will then be held every four years. The Outgames were created in 2003 as a result of a contract dispute between the Federation of Gay Games and the committee organising what were to be the 2006 Montreal Gay Games. The Montreal organisers walked away from negotiations and decided to hold their own international gay sporting event, sparking the formation of GLISA and the establishment of the Outgames. Following the decision to merge in 2018, the Gay Games VIII will still be held in Cologne this year, while the 3rd World Outgames will be held in Antwerp, Belgium, in 2013. The 2nd AsiaPacific Outgames will be held in Wellington during the week of 12-19 March 2011.    

Credit: GayNZ.com Daily News Staff

First published: Saturday, 27th March 2010 - 1:21pm

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