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Montreal Bids for Gay Games in 2006
 

(New York) -  Five cities, one from Canada and four from the United States, will vie for the opportunity to host Gay Games VII in 2006.

Bidding groups from Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Montreal and San Diego have met the June 1st qualification deadline by submitting letters of intent to the Federation of Gay Games, the governing body for the quadrennial event.

"The cities that are now candidates are all excellent choices to hold the Gay Games," said Susan Kennedy, co-chair of the Federation's Site Selection Committee.  "The athletic and cultural facilities in each are fairly well known, so the organizational skills and personalities of the various bidding committees will likely play key roles in the choice of the 2006 host."

In an unprecedented situation, two groups representing the Los Angeles metropolitan area submitted separate letters of intent.

Richard Hogan, Site Selection co-chair along with Kennedy, said, "It's unexpected but permissible under our current guidelines to have more than one bid from a city.  Certainly every bidding committee that has met the qualification deadline will be treated fairly and equitably.  Whether the Los Angeles groups will join forces and present one bid - well, it's too early to speculate."

Full bid documents are due to the Federation of Gay Games in January 2001.  Five months later the Site Selection Committee will select four finalists from among all candidates.  The Gay Games VII host will be chosen at the Federation's annual meeting in November 2001.

The Gay Games was last held in North America in New York City in 1994.  Amsterdam became the first European Gay Games host in 1998 and Sydney will serve as the first southern hemisphere host in 2002.

For further information about the Gay Games, go to www.gaygames.org or www.gaygamesvi.org.au.