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Hong Kong to host 2022 Gay Games

Hong Kong will host the 2022 edition of the Gay Games, becoming the first Asian city to stage the sports and cultural event.
 
A record number of 17 cities expressed an interest in staging the event, which is organised by the Federation of Gay Games (FGG). Hong Kong was selected ahead of Guadalajara in Mexico and the US city of Washington D.C.
 
In a statement, the FGG said: “The impact that the Gay Games has in host cities is incredible in terms of culture, sport, economic impact, history and most importantly elevating all matters of LGBT+ equality.”
 
The Reuters news agency reported that Hong Kong’s bid for the Games was supported by a host of corporations, including the Cathay Pacific airline, financial services company Credit Suisse and law firm Linklaters.
 
“This is a big step forward for Hong Kong itself to be able to win this world Games … and it is also a big step for diversity inclusion,” Alfred Chan, chairperson of Hong Kong’s Equal Opportunities Commission, which supported the bid, said.
 
The 2018 edition of the Games will take place in the French capital of Paris from August 4-12. It will feature 36 sports, 14 cultural events, an academic conference and up to 15,000 participants from 70 countries.
 
The Games was conceived by Tom Waddell, an Olympic decathlete. The event debuted in 1982 in the US city of San Francisco. The Games have since been held every four years, with Vancouver, New York, Amsterdam, Sydney and Chicago having hosted. Cleveland and Akron co-hosted in 2014.