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‘Final’ report from 2009 World Outgames

An insightful 92-page report on the challenges, successes and setbacks for staging the 2009 World Outgames is available on the World Outgames web site. It can be accessed by clicking here.

The report discusses the specific challenges faced in trying to market a new and relatively unknown brand with multiple purposes, homophobia within the Danish sports community and relative unwillingness of private enterprise to provide financial support for a gay event, and almost no technical support from the previous host or the sanctioning body. Organizers maintain good humour in the report – “Fortunately, World Outgames has proven itself to be a tough little bee. Because in principle, it shouldn’t be able to fly. But it does anyway,” they wrote – while recounting their struggles.

The report also sheds some light on the degree to which the sanctioning body, GLISA, was or was not able to provide help:

As mentioned earlier, World Outgames is a young brand. A young brand owned by a very young – and therefore inexperienced organization not rich in resources: GLISA. The contract the City of Copenhagen had signed with GLISA included GLISA making their international sponsorship and media contacts available to the World Outgames secretariat in Copenhagen. The secretariat has never received this specialist and organizational support. Primarily because it became apparent that GLISA did not have these contacts. Neither globally nor regionally.

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Written by lgbtsportsfuture

20/07/2009 at 15:26

Posted in LGBT Sports

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