There is an expected attendance of over 75,000 people and over 12,000 participants from over 100 countries.
According to the official website:
“There are 36 sporting events planned including new events Dragon Boat Racing, Dodgeball, eSports, and Trail Running, Opening & Closing Ceremonies, Festival Village, and Arts & Culture events with daily performances, a Gala Concert, LGBTQ+ art exhibitions, and a variety of events to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Gay Games. Everyone is welcome to participate regardless of ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, or background. “
The Gay Games was founded in 1982 by Dr. Tom Waddell, and has grown into the largest sporting and cultural LGBTQ event in the world.
For those who are wondering about the safety of the venue, organizers have said there are plans already in place to address situations should they arise.
“The National Security Law (NSL) targets activities that endanger national security (secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign or external forces),” Federation of Gay Games spokesperson Shiv Paul said late last November. “It does not have any bearing on LGBT+ affairs or sporting competitions.”
Further, “Based on our assessment to date, we do not expect the NSL will have any direct impact on the Gay Games taking place in Hong Kong,” Paul added.
“Once the coronavirus pandemic is more settled, we anticipate Hong Kong will deliver a strong program of events to rebuild the tourism industry and Gay Games Hong Kong will be well timed to be a strong event within these plans.”
The recent pre-registration announcement also included news that the Funding Support Program is launching and Marriott BonVoy and YouTube have become Platinum Partners.
For more information on how to register or participate in the Gay Games 11 Hong Kong 2022, click HERE.
The Hong Kong Gay Games is an extension of U.S. based Federation of Gay Games.