ROME – The city of Rome will host the seventeenth edition of EuroGames, the largest continental multi-sports event born to promote LGBT rights in sport and support the fight against all forms of discrimination. From 11 to 13 July 2019 over five thousand athletes coming from all over the world will challenge on the fields of 13 facilities in the capital to compete in 17 different disciplines, an appointment never before landed in Italy for three days of sport in the name of respect, inclusion and equality to which everyone will be able to participate. Thursday, July 11th, the Tre Fontane Stadium in the EUR will be the setting for the opening ceremony of the Games, with numerous side events that will go along with the participants throughout the event.
THE GAMES – EuroGames were born from the desire to combine sports competition and the fight against discrimination because of sexual orientation and gender identity. Since 1992, the year of the first edition in the Netherlands, the “Games of rights” have touched 11 nations of the Old Continent and in 2019 will be held for the first time in Italy. The city of Rome was awarded to the opportunity of hosting the event last year in Copenhagen thanks to the candidacy presented by GAYCS, LGBT department of AICS, which was then joined by the most important Italian organizations for the promotion of civil rights: “With EuroGames, Rome will return at the center of the world of Sport and rights, friendliness and hospitality – says Adriano Bartolucci Proietti, President of Roma EuroGames 2019 – will do so through his warmth and the excellence of its sports facilities, thanks to a strong presence of all the institutional components that are supporting the Games and the broad participation of LGBT associations who have believed in this project since the first day. We are sure that this event will mark an important space in the history of LGBT Sport and the Sport understood as an inclusive element “.
All the competitions of Rome EuroGames 2019 (www.romaeurogames2019.org) will be held at 13 sports facilities in the Capital and will be organized for three days in 17 different disciplines: football, 5-a-side football, basketball, volleyball, beach volleyball, rugby, tennis, badminton, bowling, petanque, swimming, water polo, dance, golf, athletics, cycling and running. The event is open to anyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or age.
The 2019 EuroGames are promoted by EGLSF (European Gay Lesbian Sport Federation) and organized by GAYCS, LGBT department of AICS – Italian Sports and Culture Association, with the sponsorship and support of CONI, CIP – Italian Paralympic Committee, UNAR – National Anti-Discrimination Office, Lazio Region, Rome Capital and Federalberghi Rome together with the main international federations and LGBT Italian sports associations.