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The 2010 Gay Games (Gay Games VIII) were held in Cologne, Germany from July 31-August 7, 2010.

VIII Gay Games
Cologne 2010
Host cityCologne
MottoBe part of it!
Nations participating70
Events35 sports
Opening ceremonyJuly 31, 2010 (2010-07-31)
Closing ceremonyAugust 7, 2010 (2010-08-07)
Main venueRheinEnergieStadion
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Bidding processEdit

On 16 March 2005, the Federation of Gay Games (FGG) announced that Cologne, Johannesburg, and Paris were the official candidate cities for Gay Games VIII in 2010. Cologne was elected in the FGG annual meeting in Chicago on 13 November 2005.[1] The 2010 Games marked the first time the Games were held in Germany, and the second time in Europe (Amsterdam hosted in 1998).

Participating nationsEdit

Athletes from 70 countries participated at the 2010 Gay Games.[2] The most athletes came from Germany (2,955), the United States (2,215), the United Kingdom (841), the Netherlands (658) and France (524).

Opening ceremonyEdit

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle (who was openly gay) attended the opening ceremony on 31 July 2010.[3]

The Official Anthem for the 2010 Gay Games is "Facing a Miracle" by Taylor Dayne in which she performed live.


RheinEnergieStadion at Müngersdorfer Sportpark

The event featured 35 sports, accompanied by community and cultural events throughout Cologne and the surrounding area.

Event Location
Opening and closing ceremonies RheinEnergieStadion
Synchronized swimming German Sport University Cologne
Softball Südstadion Sporting Complex
Cycling Köln-Longerich
Sailing Roermond, Netherlands

The 35 disciplines consisted of Badminton, Basketball, Beach-Volleyball, Bodybuilding (Physique), Bowling, Bridge, Chess, Cycling, DanceSport, Diving, Field Hockey, Figure Skating, Golf, Handball, Ice Hockey, Inline Speed Skating, Martial Arts, Pool-Billiards, Powerlifting, Road Races incl. Marathon, Sailing, Soccer (Football), Softball, Sport Climbing, Sport Shooting, Squash, Swimming, Synchronized Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Track and Field Triathlon, Volleyball, Water Polo and Wrestling.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Cologne, Germany, Announced as Host for 2010 Gay Games" (PDF). Federation of Gay Games. 13 November 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 November 2005. Retrieved 2009-02-04.
  2. ^ participants information Archived July 26, 2011, at the Wayback Machine,
  3. ^ "Cologne gears up to play and party as host to Gay Games"

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