EuroGames (LGBT sporting event)
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The EuroGames are a gay and lesbian sporting event in Europe, hosted by license of the European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation and organised by one or more of the federation's member clubs. The EuroGames are officially called the European Gay and Lesbian Multi-Sports Championships. Similar to the Gay Games, Eurogames are a sports-for-all-event, open to everyone, irrespective of sex, age, sexual identity or physical abilities.
EuroGames are a two-day event. Big EuroGames are organised in the same years as Olympic Games, while since 2001 small EuroGames with a maximum of 1,500 participants and seven sports are held in all odd years. This format however is likely to change in the future.
The 'small' EuroGames in Antwerp in 2006 had almost 4,000 participants, twelve competition sports, making them the biggest 'small' Games ever.
The organizing committee of the Montreal Gay Games (original holders of the Gay Games VII licence), has formed the GLISA to accredit the World Outgames, a global version of EuroGames, after the FGG deaccredited Montreal. The first World Outgames were the Montreal 2006.
The EuroGames are not held during Gay Games (even, non-Olympic)years and since the 2009 World Outgames are taking place in Europe (Copenhagen) in 2009 there will not be a EuroGames tournament held in that year either.
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- World Outgames / Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association
- Gay Games / Federation of Gay Games
- EuroGames web site with information about all EuroGames
- queersport.org - European Gay And Lesbian Sports Guide
- European Gay And Lesbian Sport Federation