The Board of the Federation of Games (FGG) has selected Paris, France as the host city for the 2018 international sports competition, Gay Games X.
“[Paris is] already well advanced in planning, for example, with the designation of a dedicated sports manager. Paris proposed a wide range of sports in quality venues, many of which offer good visibility for the event,” according to a statement by the Federation of Gay Games. “French LGBT sport organizations already have a great deal of experience hosting international multi-sport tournaments, and their LGBT community presents outstanding cultural events…And of course Paris is a great destination to visit or revisit.”
Cleveland mayor Frank Jackson made the announcement on the eve of the Gay Games IX ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio. Gay Games X is scheduled for August 9-16, 2014,
“The international delegates and board of directors of the Federation of Gay Games voted at the end of a three-day meeting featuring site inspection reports, question-and-answer sessions, committee reviews and, a highlight of the event, the oral presentation by each bidding organization,” committee co-chair David Killian said in a press statement.
The delegation made their decision after reviewing the final 5 cities, which included London and Limerick.
“Naturally we are disappointed, but it has been an honor to be part of this experience and we are overwhelmed by the support of you all!” the London committee said in a press release.
According to the FGG, France’s bid had “demonstrable political support, including Minister for Sport Valerie Fourneyron and five-time Olympic fencing medalist Laura Flessel, who were part of the presentation team.”
10,000 spectators and athletes are expected to be at the event with open enrollment for all competitors, regardless of sexual orientation.