The Federation of Gay Games General Assembly concluded voting yesterday to decide which city will host the 2022 edition of the expanding, global sporting events. After site inspections took place over the summer, where team inspectors from Australia, Germany, Canada, and the U.S. inspected venues and attended local support and civic events, the FGG decided on Hong Kong as the host city.
The Federation thanks all participating bidding cities in a Facebook post:
"The FGG expresses gratitude to the record number of 17 cities that expressed interest in 2022 Gay Games XI. Five of these cities made it to the semi-final round (Austin, TX, Dallas, TX, Denver, CO, Salt Lake City, UT, and San Francisco, CA). In the first phase, an additional nine cities had expressed interest: Cape Town, South Africa, Tel Aviv, Israel, and the USA cities Anaheim, CA, Atlanta, GA, Des Moines, IA, Los Angeles, CA, Madison, WI, Minneapolis, MN, and San Antonio, TX.
The impact of the Gay Games has in host cities is incredible in terms of culture, sport, economic impact, history and most importantly elevating all matters of LGBT+ equality."
Next year, the 2018 edition of the Gay Games will take place in Paris, France from August 4-12, featuring 36 sports, 14 cultural events, an academic conference, and up to 15,000 participants from 70 countries. Read the FGG's full announcement, here.