Limerick loses out to Paris in Gay Games bid
French capital wins bid to host 2018 event
Paris has won the bid to host the 2018 Gay Games, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community’s answer to the Olympics.
The city fought off competition from Limerick and London to host the games, which organisers say are open to everyone.
The Gay Games, which expects more than 15,000 competitors, is held every four years and is taking place this year in the Ohio cities of Cleveland and Akron.
The games were estimated to have been worth millions to the local economy in Limerick if held there.
In recent months, opposition to a gay marriage Bill exposed deep divisions in French society over gay rights, attracting tens of thousands to protests for and against such unions.
Paris’ deputy mayor Philippe Ducloux said “for all Parisians, it will be an honour to welcome the 10th Gay Games. All participants will be welcomed”.
Cillian Flynn, press and communications co-ordinator for Limerick 2018, tweeted: “What a day . . . thanks for the support and messages!!!”