EuroGames 2012 Budapest
Hungary will be the host country of one of the biggest sporting event in its history. First Gay Games in Central Europe. EuroGames from 27 June to 1 July Budapest in 2012.
30 December 2011
EGLSF - European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation
The New Thought Association (FRIss Gondolat - FRIGO in Hungarian) and the Hungarian Sport Association of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT) applied for EuroGames, International Gay Games in 2009. General Assembly of European Gay and Lesbian Sports Federation (EGLSF) voted to accept the Hungarian proposal by huge majority in March 2009.
EuroGames since 1992
EuroGames has been organised since 1992, it was hosted by Rotterdam in this year. The Netherlands, Germany, France, Switzerland, Denmark and England's great cities have organised five-day so far, Budapest is the first capital city in Central Europe, which won the right to host this sport event. The Hungarian Gay Games is scheduled on 27 June 27 and 1 July.
According to experiences, current Gay Games have attracted 10-12 thousands of participants and visitors. In Budapest, organizers also expect about four thousand athletes, who are accompanied by more than six thousand people (coaches, staff, friends, fans, etc). 10000 people can bring about HUF2 billion revenue for Budapest in five days.
The Hungarian government has already expressed to give support to the event. The organizers said the government should support the event with HUF60-80 millions, which would cover one-third of costs, while the other two-thirds would be supported from registration fees and sponsorship.
In addition to usual sports, bridge, dance and petanque including 18 sports on Gay Games. Planned locations: Budapest Sportaréna, SYMA Sport and Event Centre and Margaret Island Athletic Centre. The official program is supported with conferences, cultural events as well as parties.
The 14th EuroGames in 2012
Although a few people support Gay Games openly in Hungary but Budapest EuroGames received support letters from London Olympics Organising Committee (LOCOG), Greg Dorey (British Ambassador in Hungary), Alexander Stubb (Finnish Foreign Minister), and Androulla Vassiliou (Member of European Commission).
The Hungarian athletes collected the most medals on Gay Games Utrecht in 2005: 16 gold, 5 silver and 1 bronze medals.
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