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Olympic diver arrives in Nepal for LGBTI sports festival

Greg Louganis is guest of honor at first high-profile gay sports competition in south Asia
Inspirational gay sportsman Greg Louganis is guest of honor at Nepal's LGBTI sports festival

American Olympic gold-medal diver Greg Louganis has arrived in Nepal for a three-day international LGBTI sports festival.

Louganis, who won golds for diving in 1984 and 1988, is guest of honor at the sports festival which starts tomorrow with over 300 LGBTI sports people from all over the world competing in athletics, karate, football and volleyball.

In a statement issued yesterday the US Embassy in Kathmandu, who is supporting the festival along with the Norwegian Embassy and the Australian government, said:

‘Louganis will serve as Guest of Honor at the Blue Diamond Society’s LGBTI Sports Festival, the first event of its kind in South Asia. He will also participate in the organisation’s human rights conference, meet with Nepal government’s officials and HIV/AIDS activists, and visit a local school.’

Louganis spoke openly about being gay and HIV-positive for the first time on the American talkshow Oprah in 1995. He was mentor to the American divers at the London Olympics this summer, one of whom (David Boudia) won gold.  

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