Embassy presents Paris 2018 Gay Games
In August 2018 France will have the privilege of hosting the 10th Gay Games, the world’s largest sports and culture festival, open to all.
On 23 February, French Ambassador to the UK Sylvie Bermann welcomed the Paris 2018 Gay Games organizing committee to an evening introducing this remarkable event. It was attended by Emy Ritt, the games’ Director of International Relations, who is also a renowned sailor and a violinist in the Paris Rainbow Symphony Orchestra.
Founded in 1982 by Tom Waddell, an American doctor and Olympic decathlete, the Gay Games aim to promote a society in which equality and respect have pride of place. So it was only natural for a country whose motto is “liberty, equality, fraternity” to put itself forward for a sporting event which reaffirms the right of everyone to live their difference in a world open to diversity.
So it’s in Paris that the next Games will be held, from 4 to 12 August 2017. With nearly 15,000 people expected from over 70 countries, the Games will provide the opportunity for visitors to enjoy exceptional facilities such as the Jean Bouin and Sébastien Charléty stadiums, the Grand Palais, the Carreau du Temple, the Salle Pleyel and Vaires-sur-Marne water sports complex, a veritable centre of sporting excellence in the Ile-de-France region.
It proves that France, which is also bidding to host the 2024 Olympic Games, has the wherewithal and desire to stage global events.
Making sport and culture genuine levers for inclusion and interaction within society, the Gay Games draw together participants from all backgrounds and remain one of the finest examples of contemporary efforts to highlight the values of sharing and solidarity.
So whether you’re an athlete, supporter, donor or sponsor, whether you want to be a volunteer or are simply in love with France, get yourself to Paris in 2018!