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Big weekend of LGBT sport kicks off in Paris

Nearly 2,000 people competing in one of the world’s biggest gay multi-sports events

Big weekend of LGBT sport kicks off in Paris
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A projected 1,779 LGBT sportspeople from across Europe will converge on Paris this weekend for the Paris International Tournament 2012.

Taking place from 25 to 28 May, this is the ninth time that this annual event has been held in Paris.

In all, 15 different sports are featured in the event, including track and field, ballroom dancing, water polo. football, volleyball and synchronised swimming.

At Olympic level, synchronised swimming remains one of the few sports that does not allow both men and women to compete, however at the Paris tournament it is the men’s synchronised swimming team event where all of the interest will be.

The Paris men’s synchro team has dominated most competitions in recent years, but this weekend they will be unveiling a new routine so there is a lot of pressure on them to pull it out of the bag. Their main rivals will be London’s Out To Swim Angels, also with a new routine for the competition, determined to wow the crowd and impress the judges.

Everyone has a lot to play for with a big weekend of sport ahead.

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