ROMA EuroGames 11/13 July 2019

THE FRIENDLY GAMES OF EUROPE

In 2019 the rainbow flag will fly over Rome, the Italian capital, which will be hosting the EuroGames - Europe's LGBTI Multi-sport event.
The EuroGames, licensed by the EGLSF and organised with the support of CONI (National Olympic Committee of Italy), are open to anyone regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or age. After the great success of the last edition, hosted in Helsinki, Rome is looking forward to welcoming athletes from all over Europe to join the sport in favour of equal civil rights.

The idea of officially organizing the EuroGames (LGBTI European Multisport Championship) was born after the second edition of the Gay Games held in San Fransisco in 1986. The EuroGames started on a small scale with the idea of supporting LGBTI athletes in their “coming out” as well as the need to network with LGBTI sports associations and clubs in Europe. The first edition of the Games was held in The Hague in 1992. Since then, it has spread on a large scale involving not only the LGBTI sphere, but also the social and civil fabric of the host countries and cities, characterizing the initiatives not only from a sporting point of view, but also from a cultural, tourist and economic point of view.

It is the largest multi-sport event for athletes, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation in Europe.

Once a year the EGLSF celebrates a huge European gay sport event: EuroGames, the European Gay & Lesbian Championships. Besides offering a high-quality sport event to the LGBTI sports community, EGLSF wishes to promote the following goals, also through the EuroGames:

a) Fight against discrimination in sport on grounds of sexual preference or orientation
b) Stimulate integration in sport and emancipation of LGBTI athletes
c) Enable and support the coming out of LGBTI athletes
d) Support the founding of new LGBTI groups

The EuroGames are open to everyone who wishes to participate, regardless of gender, age, race, gender identity or sexual orientation.

The EuroGames 2019 will be held in Rome. Promoted by the EGLSF (European Federation of Gay and Lesbian Sports), the multi-sporting event lgbt will land for the first time in Italy. The EuroGames, now in its 17th edition, are the result of a desire to combine sporting competition with the fight against discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. The next EuroGames will be Dusseldorf in 2020, and Copenhagen in 2021.

The candidacy was born from an idea of the association GAYCS and AICS which were then joined by the most important Italian organizations for the promotion of civil rights. On the basis of the numbers of previous editions we expect the arrival in Rome of more than 5,000 athletes from around the world who will compete in the most important sports. According to our intentions it will be the biggest event ever held in Italy for the promotion of rights and against discrimination, so as to make the city of Rome an icon of freedom and tolerance at international level.

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Rome is confirmed as the perfect city to host the EuroGames for its geographically strategic position in the middle of the Mediterranean and because it has always been open to differences, inclusive, and home to the main Italian Pride. It also hosted the first World Pride in 2000. The Italian capital is home to numerous multi-sport Olympic facilities capable of hosting major events. Since 2014 it has hosted the largest multi-sport LGBTI event called Italian Gaymes.

OBJECTIVES

a) Confirm Rome as the city with the most prestigious LGBTI friendly sporting event in Italy.
b) To give the capital great visibility and a positive image on the themes of safety, inclusion, hospitality, moreover in a context that enhances the authentic values of amateur sport, and its significance as an aggregator and social catalyst.
c) Giving a strong message against homophobia, also thanks to the institutions that officially and with concrete gestures support the event.
d) To increase the numbers of LGBTI tourism in the Capital, through the positive and welcoming message that this event will give to the entire Italian and international LGBTI community.
e) A chance for Rome to become, in a very short time, one of the most significant and visible examples of integration based on the shared values of sports competition.
f) Improving the lives of LGBTI people in Rome and Italy; such an event will spread feelings of welcome, protection and non-discrimination among people.


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