The 2017 Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens is the biggest sporting events in Hong Kong and has had an enormous and unique impact on the community. From the professional players to international visitors to local fans, the Hong Kong Sevens has changed the lives of many. Much in the same way, Gay Games Hong Kong 2022 has high hopes for a long-term impact across Asia. The Gay Games focuses on acceptance of all, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, and sporting abilities. The term ‘Gay Games’ can be a bit misleading as this sporting and cultural event isn’t just for the LGBT community. It’s for anyone and everyone who loves sports and cultural events!
Hong Kong residents and visitors shared with The South Morning China Post how the unique event has had an impact on their lives.
- Chris Kaufman, a New York-based correspondent, waited all night in queue for tickets to the 1993 Hong Kong Sevens at Victoria Park. There he met the “person who was to become the love of his life.” A year and a bit later, they were married, aptly on Sevens weekend.
- Jimy Mugabo, Sevens coach, realized his dream in 2010 of travelling to Hong Kong and watching the Sevens for the first time in person. After a life living on the streets of Kigali, this was no easy feat! “I met many great rugby people like Waisale Serevi, who was for me a hero. I made great friends who even supported me with my education. Without the Hong Kong Sevens, I could not have become the person I am today.”
- Melvin Byres, Rugby fan and sports consultant, remembers taking a photo with Waisale Serevi pitchside in the old stadium in 1992. 20 years later he started working with Serevi as one of the HKRU tournament ambassadors. The Sevens has changed Byres life forever, enriching his sporting, social and career. “I would not have been in a position to set up my own events consultancy and the Business Of Sport Network had I not been involved in the Sevens.”
Gay Games Hong Kong 2022 will strive to have gender parity in most sports through targeted outreach and advertising while recognizing the reality that many sports are more popular with some genders. Scholarship opportunities will be offered as described in the scholarship section to ensure that barriers are reduced for participants from countries all over Asia and the world. The event includes everything that the Hong Kong’s diverse and multifaceted culture has to offer and benefits everyone on the whole, especially the LGBT community. We are confident that Hong Kong can deliver the most diverse Gay Games yet!
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