Having already rejected Rio, San Paulo and Orlando, a five member selection party were guests of a civic and tourism leaders in Limerick last night as the city makes a bid to host the 2018 Federation Gay Games (FGG).
The games site selection committee have short-listed Limerick alongside London and Paris having rejected bids from other cities which included Amsterdam and Rio.
The games will be worth an estimated €50m to the host city, attracting up to 12,000 participants and 15,000 spectators during a 10-day period in August 2018.
A spokesperson for the games organisers said: “The Gay Games are held every four years. Launched in 1982, the games invite participation from all competitors regardless of sexual orientation, race, gender, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, political beliefs, athletic or artistic ability, age, physical challenge or health status. The games also offer a safe environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered participants. They are open to anyone 18 years or older. About 10% of participants are from outside the LGBT community. They are the largest sporting and cultural festival in the world open to all.”
The games selection group have been in Limerick since Tuesday and last night were guests at a major civic reception in the Milk Market.
Limerick bid coordinator Cillian Flynn said: “We are delighted to have advanced to the next stage of the bidding process — we have been working on this bid for the last 12 months and to be chosen along with London and Paris is phenomenal. We believe that Limerick has the facilities, the resources and the determination to be successful.”
The bid committee visited the University of Limerick and the UL Arena — where 65% of the planned events will take place.
Other proposed event locations such as Adare Manor (Golf) Ballyhoura (Mountain Biking), Thomond Park (Opening Ceremony), UL Adventure Centre in Killaloe (Triathlon, Open Water Swim, and Sailing) were also inspected.
The site selection committee met with Adam Skerritt from Fáilte Ireland and representatives from the Shannon Region Conference & Sports Bureau.
& Once the site inspectors leave Limerick they will then head to Paris.
At the end of these visits, the inspectors will prepare a report for the FGG site selection meeting which will take place at the Federation’s Annual General Assembly in early Oct in Cleveland, host of the 2014 Gay Games.
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