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About Cape Town's bid to host the eleventh International Gay Games

Cape Town's Gay Games bid

6 July 2016

By Taliesin Cormach - QL SA

Out and Proud Cape Town businessman, Ian McMahon, is currently heading the city's bid steering committee to host Gay Games XI in 2022.

Historically the Gay Games are hosted by interested parties, not governments or local government, and the City of Cape Town therefore claims it is not involved in the bidding process.

Cape Town is competing against 10 other cities in the bid to host the games, including Tel Aviv, Hong Kong and Washington DC. They have until the 30th of November this year to complete their bid presentation.

The 10th Gay Games, in Paris in 2018, are expected to attract 15,000 contestants from all over the world, making the event bigger than even the Olympic Games.

A shortlist of three cities will be announced in February next year and a selection panel will visit each of them. The host city will be chosen in Paris later in 2017.

The last Gay Games, in Cleveland in the US in 2014, generated an estimated $70-million (R1.04 billion) for the local economy.

If selected Cape Town would be the first African city to host the games.

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