Registration is now open – team

The EuroGames shall 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 thought of ​​EuroGames, the most important 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 BernSatisfaction 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 yr’s EuroGames in Nijmegen, Holland. For 4 days, about 2,000 athletes competed in 17 sports activities.

Same-sex couple dancing is one other EuroGames sport. (Photo: EuroGames Nijmegen 2022)

3500 members from 27 sports activities are anticipated for the subsequent occasion in Bern. According to the top of operations, Sebastian Zuess, 58 athletes have registered for numerous sports activities within the final week. This is a really encouraging determine for an occasion that can happen only one yr 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, loads has occurred within the thirty-yr historical past of the EuroGames. Nevertheless, there is nonetheless a necessity to carry a sporting occasion in the neighborhood. “On the one hand, you need to play sports activities in a secure surroundings with like-minded folks,” says Zuess. On the opposite hand, you need to make LGBTIQ folks seen in sports activities.

“It’s necessary to do not forget that sure elements of the group are categorically excluded from mainstream sports activities, similar to intersex folks or trans girls,” says Suess. “For many homosexual males in traditional team sports activities, being open about their accomplice and thus their sexual orientation is nonetheless actually not a difficulty.”

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London Titans (left) vs PanamBoyz and Girlz United (France). (Photo: EuroGames Nijmegen 2022)

In addition to the boys’s and ladies’s classes, EuroGames Bern 2023 will supply one other class for non-binary members. 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, gained the bid to host the EuroGames in July 2020 (MANNSCHAFT reported).

EuroGames provides traditional sports activities similar to swimming, athletics, badminton and volleyball. The program additionally contains group-primarily based sports activities similar to Quidditch and Roller Derby. Over 5 and 10 kilometers, the SatisfactionRun 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 record for the Family Run class.

EuroGames Bern 2023 shall be held in Bern from 26 to 29 July 2023: www.eurogames2023.ch.


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