Hong Kong throws hat in the ring for Gay Games 2022
A four person delegation from Hong Kong descended on Sydney last week to meet with the Federation of Gay Games to put in their bid for hosting the 2022 event.
If Hong Kong wins the bid it would be the first time an Asian city has played host to the event which occurs every four years.
In an effort to drum up support from Hong Kong citizens, the organisers of Hong Kong’s bid for the Gay Games said the event could inject an estimated HK$1 billion into the local economy.
Hong Kong is up against eight other cities all vying to host the event. They include Guadalajara in Mexico, and seven US cities: Los Angeles, Washington DC, Austin, Dallas, Denver, Salt Lake City and San Francisco.Three finalists will be chosen in the coming months with the winner of the bid being announced in October 2017.
The Gay Games are open to all competitors regardless of age, sexual orientation, gender, race or religious beliefs. They were first conceived in 1982 and hosted in San Francisco. Paris is set to host the Gay Games in 2018.