The EuroGames will likely be held in Bern from July 26 to 29, 2023. Starting this week, you’ll be able to register for Europe’s greatest LGBTIQ sporting occasion with 27 sports activities.
Playing sports activities in a free environment with the queer group: this is the primary concept of EuroGames, the biggest LGBTIQ sports activities occasion in Europe, which has been held yearly in a distinct European metropolis for 30 years. From July 26 to 29, 2023, the occasion will happen in Bern on July 29 with the BernDelight competition. Now you’ll be able to register for the massive occasion.
The beginning sign for EuroGames Bern 2023 was given on July 30 on the closing ceremony of this 12 months’s EuroGames in Nijmegen, Holland. For 4 days, about 2,000 athletes competed in 17 sports activities.
3500 individuals from 27 sports activities are anticipated for the following occasion in Bern. According to the pinnacle of operations, Sebastian Zuess, 58 athletes have registered for varied sports activities within the final week. This is a really encouraging determine for an occasion that may happen only one 12 months later. “It reveals how deeply rooted EuroGames is within the LGBTIQ group and the way a lot belief the organizers have in us,” he says. “We’re very excited and motivated by that.”
In phrases of social acceptance, rather a lot has occurred within the thirty-12 months historical past of the EuroGames. Nevertheless, there is nonetheless a necessity to carry a sporting occasion locally. “On the one hand, you need to play sports activities in a protected atmosphere with like-minded individuals,” says Zuess. On the opposite hand, you need to make LGBTIQ individuals seen in sports activities.
“It’s necessary to do not forget that sure components of the group are categorically excluded from mainstream sports activities, akin to intersex individuals or trans ladies,” says Suess. “For many homosexual males in traditional team sports activities, being open about their associate and thus their sexual orientation is nonetheless actually not a problem.”
In addition to the boys’s and ladies’s classes, EuroGames Bern 2023 will provide one other class for non-binary individuals. In addition, athletes are allowed to compete in a gender class of their very own selecting. The sport is additionally open to cis-heterosexual allies. The organizing committee, which additionally included MANNSCHAFT editorial workers, received the bid to host the EuroGames in July 2020 (MANNSCHAFT reported).
EuroGames presents traditional sports activities akin to swimming, athletics, badminton and volleyball. The program additionally consists of group-based mostly sports activities akin to Quidditch and Roller Derby. Over 5 and 10 kilometers, the DelightRun is open to each efficiency-oriented and non-efficiency-oriented runners. “We need to encourage individuals who need to run primarily for enjoyable and never for a particular time to take part,” says Zuess. There is additionally no rating listing for the Family Run class.
EuroGames Bern 2023 will likely be held in Bern from 26 to 29 July 2023: www.eurogames2023.ch.