Hong Kong has been shortlisted with Washington DC and Guadalajara, Mexico, for hosting the Gay Games in 2022. The games site selection committee rejected bids from very strong contenders including San Francisco and Los Angeles in the United States.
Ahead of the announcement in November, a delegation from the Federation of Gay Games, the guardians of the quadrennial sports and cultural festival, will arrive in May to conduct a site visit to assess Hong Kong’s feasibility as a host city. In the autumn, the bid team will head to Paris, hosts of the 2018 games, to make its final pitch in front of the federation’s delegates.
The Gay Games is a comprehensive festival with 3 main themes: arts & culture, conferences and 36 different sports including popular local sports, such as dragon boating, trail running and tower running. The Gay Games have become the world’s largest sporting and cultural event led by LGBT athletes, artists and musicians.
Dennis Philipse, co-chair of the Hong Kong bidding team believes that Hong Kong is the perfect city to represent Asia in host Gay Games in 2022, “Asia is the world’s largest continent and home to an estimated 221 million LGBT + people, but also a region where there is an on-going struggle to overcome homophobia and gain acceptance”.
The Hong Kong sporting community is also enthusiastic about the news including Jamie Wong, renown Hong Kong athlete and cyclist, “Participation, inclusion and personal best are the key missions of the Gay Games. Everybody can participate in sports regardless of gender, ethnic background, nationality or sexuality. as a former Hong Kong cyclist I strongly support Hong Kong, a truly cosmopolitan city, as the first Asia city to hold the Gay Games” he said.
Gay Games Hong Kong Website