2010 Gay Games
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|Motto||Be part of it!|
|Opening ceremony||July 31, 2010|
|Closing ceremony||August 7, 2010|
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. The 2010 Games marked the first time the Games were held in Germany, and the second time in Europe (Amsterdam hosted in 1998).
Athletes from 70 countries participated at the 2010 Gay Games. The most athletes came from Germany (2,955), the United States (2,215), the United Kingdom (841), the Netherlands (658) and France (524).
The Official Anthem for the 2010 Gay Games is "Facing a Miracle" by Taylor Dayne in which she performed live.
The event featured 35 sports, accompanied by community and cultural events throughout Cologne and the surrounding area.
|Opening and closing ceremonies||RheinEnergieStadion|
|Synchronized swimming||German Sport University Cologne|
|Softball||Südstadion Sporting Complex|
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.
- "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.
- participants information Archived July 26, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, www.games-cologne.de
- "Cologne gears up to play and party as host to Gay Games"