Denver pulls out of bid to host World OutGames 2017

Four cities are left in the running as World OutGames confirms that US city Denver has ruled itself out of consideration

Denver pulls out of bid to host World OutGames 2017
05 October 2012

Paul Brummitt, chairperson of selection committee of the Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association (GLISA – the organization that runs the World Outgames every four years) has confirmed today that US city Denver has withdrawn its bid to host the 2017 World OutGames.

Speaking to Gay Star News via Skype from his home in Copenhagen, Brummitt wouldn’t be drawn on why Denver has decided to withdraw, but has confirmed that GLISA have now issued the handbook for the remaining bidders – Rome, Rio de Janeiro, Reykjavik, and Miami Beach.

Speculation from people close to the bidding process is that Miami Beach and Reykjavik are emerging as frontrunners in the bid process, with Rio (which is understood to have a lot of support from LGBT sports clubs) needing to lift its game if it’s to remain a serious contender in this process.

The next stage in the selection process for the 2017 World OutGames is the announcement of the shortlisted cities – expectations are that the cities that have been successful in progressing to the next round will be announced by December 2012.

Running parallel to the World OutGames selection process for its 2017 event is the Federation of Gay Games selection process for the 2018 Gay Games. The cities of Paris, Amsterdam, Orlando, Limerick, and London are all vying to demonstrate that they are the right choice for 2018.

Bidding to host major sporting events such as the World OutGames and the Gay Games takes significant resources and so government and tourist office support are key requirements for a successful bid. The upside is that the successful city can expect material economic benefit from the thousands of athletes and supporters that visit as part of the games.

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