Tel Aviv hosts largest LGBTQ sports event in the Middle East

Athletes will take part in various swimming, soccer, basketball, volleyball, same-sex dance, tennis and a running competition.

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
March 28, 2019 16:32
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SOCCER IS one of the sports taking place this weekend at the Tel Aviv Games

SOCCER IS one of the sports taking place this weekend at the Tel Aviv Games, the largest LGBTQ sporting event in the Middle East. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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This weekend, Tel Aviv is playing host to 1,250 athletes and hundreds of spectators from around the world participating in the largest LGBTQ sports event in the Middle East. The Tel Aviv Games is the second LGBTQ multi-sports tournament hosted by the Tel Aviv LGBTQ Sports Club and the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality.

Athletes from 17 countries, including teams from France, the UK, Germany, Greece, The Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Norway, Suriname, Australia, the United States, Canada and Russia will compete in seven different sporting competitions over the course a three-day celebration of participation and inclusion.

Athletes will take part in various swimming, soccer, basketball, volleyball, same-sex dance, tennis and a running competition.


“The Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality and the Tel Aviv LGBTQ Center are proud to support The Tel Aviv Games for the second time,” said Itai Pinkas, the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipal Council Member in charge of LGBT affairs. “Along with additional achievements of the LGBTQ community in Tel Aviv, we are proud partners of the Tel Aviv LGBTQ Sports Club and are looking forward to host hundreds of athletes from abroad.”

Tel Aviv stands with cities such as Paris, New York, Berlin and Rome which have hosted the EuroGames, the largest multi-sport event for athletes, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation in Europe. Tel Aviv offers athletes from around the world a unique sports experience and positions itself as a candidate to host the EuroGames in the future.

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