The Danish capital has been chosen to host EuroGames as well as WorldPride in 2021.
Copenhagen has won the right to host the huge LGBT sporting event EuroGames at the same time as WorldPride in 2021, a combination that could attract half a million people to the city.
The Danish capital was revealed as the 2021 host of WorldPride, the world’s largest LGBT festival, last October. Now the European Gay & Lesbian Sport Federation says the city is the right place for the games too.
Copenhagen has hosted the EuroGames before, in 2003. In three years’ time, it will offer events in 27 sports, from traditional sports like swimming and football to more unusual events like dodgeball and eSport.
Over the combined events’ 11 days, there will also be human rights debates, inclusive sport events, open-air concerts and an extensive pride parade.
With more than 5,000 participants, the EuroGames is a sports event for LGBT athletes, but anyone can take part as the aim is to promote inclusion in sports and create a safe space for athletes regardless of sexuality and gender.
Some of the events will take place over the bridge in Malmö, but most will be hosted in Copenhagen and Frederiksberg.
Among those supporting Copenhagen’s bid to host the games were Danish PM Lars Løkke Rasmussen, the mayor of Copenhagen Frank Jensen and Malmö’s mayor Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh.
“We look forward to welcoming visitors and to showcasing Copenhagen as a safe and friendly city,” said Mikkel Aarø-Hansen, CEO of Wonderful Copenhagen.