Hong Kong Gay Games postponed until November 2023 | OUTInPerth
The organizers of the Gay Games have announced that they are delaying their next release until November 2023. The next edition of the games was due to take place in Hong Kong at the end of 2022, but that will now be a year later.
Dennis Philipse, co-chairman of Gay Games Hong Kong, described the move as critical to enabling the games to be successful, citing the effects of Covid-19 as the reason for the reprogramming.
“The unpredictable progression of COVID variants and the corresponding travel restrictions continue to make it difficult for participants around the world to plan their trip to Hong Kong. Today’s world is radically different from 2017, when we won the bid to host the first Games in Asia. GGHK remains steadfast and committed to our original vision to host the most inclusive and diverse Games celebrating its 40 year history.
“With many parts of the world, including many in Asia, still struggling to contain the virus and facing uneven access to vaccines, we estimated that postponing the Games until November 2023 will increase the likelihood of holding our promise to have the Hong Kong Games. serve as a beacon of hope for the entire community in the region.
“Given the continuing uncertainty regarding the state of overseas and Hong Kong travel restrictions, we have decided to postpone the Games now to give enough time to FGG member organizations to develop a training program. appropriate for the Games and make other arrangements for their 2022. tournaments. said Philipse.
The co-chair also said it was disappointing that some local lawmakers tried to politicize the community-building event.
“Recent attempts by a few lawmakers to politicize the Games have distracted the media from the true mission of the Games, an inclusive event focused on unity in diversity. However, anti-inclusion objections from this small but noisy minority galvanized the resolve of our 300 volunteers and garnered overwhelming support from the general public, the business community and other lawmakers.
Dennis Philipse also said Carrie Lam, Managing Director of Hong Kong, also expressed support for the event.
Commenting on the decision, Sean Fitzgerald, co-chair of the Gay Games Federation’s governing body, said the organization remains committed to hosting the event in 2023.
“The FGG supports Hong Kong’s decision to postpone the Games and will continue to work with the GGHK team and our member organizations to ensure that our event in November 2023 meets our core goals of participation, inclusion and better staff in the greater number. possible presence in Asia and abroad.
The games are expected to bring together 12,000 participants, 75,000 spectators and 3,000 volunteers from 100 countries in Hong Kong under the theme “Unity in Diversity”.
36 sporting events are planned including dragon boat races, dodge ball, e-sports and trail races, opening and closing ceremonies, a festival village and arts and cultural events with daily performances , a gala concert, LGBTQ + art exhibits and commemorative events to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Gay Games.
The Gay Games were first held in San Francisco in 1982 and subsequently took place in Vancouver, New York, Amsterdam, Sydney, Chicago, Cologne and Cleveland. The Hong Kong Games will be the first time the event takes place in Asia, and only the second time in the southern hemisphere.
The list of potential locations for the 2026 games has been reduced to just three contenders, Munich in Germany, Guadalajara in Mexico and Valencia in Spain. Brisbane had been a potential candidate but his candidacy did not progress.
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