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.

Scheduling[edit]

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.

History[edit]

 

Edition Year Location Country Participants from countries # of sports Remarks other bidders
I 1992 The Hague Netherlands 300 5 4    
II 1993 The Hague Netherlands 540 8 6    
III 1995 Frankfurt Germany 2000 13      
IV 1996 Berlin Germany 3247 18 17    
V 1997 Paris France 2000 18 17   Brussels, Zurich
1999 Manchester United Kingdom 0 0 0 cancelled Cologne
VI 2000 Zurich Switzerland 4500   19   Hamburg
VII 2001 Hanover Germany 1500   7 small Eurogames  
VIII 2003 Copenhagen Denmark 2200   7 small Eurogames  
IX 2004 Munich Germany 5300 38 27   Vienna
X 2005 Utrecht Netherlands 2855 44 9 small Eurogames  
XI 2007 Antwerp Belgium 3650 38 11+1 small Eurogames  
XII 2008 Barcelona Spain >5000 40 25    
XIII 2011 Rotterdam Netherlands          
XIV 2012 Budapest Hungary          
2015 Stockholm Sweden       big Eurogames  
2016 Helsinki Finland       small Eurogames  

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