Posted 2014/2/26

Federation of Gay Games calls on Paralympic president to support Russian Open Games

Federation of Gay Games calls on Paralympic president support Russian Open GamesFederation of Gay Games calls on Paralympic president support Russian Open Games

For many months the Russian LGBT Sports Federation has been planning the Russian Open Games (ROG), scheduled to take place from 26 Feburary to 2 March 2014 in Moscow.

ROG are open to all adults, and have nearly 300 registered participants from Russia and abroad who will compete in nearly a dozen sports. The event is hosted by a legally registered entity, and respects the Russian anti-"gay propaganda" law: the events are held in private, with only registered participants attending. No minors are admitted.

With the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games set to open in the coming days, the Federation of Gay Games is petitioning Sir Philip Craven, president of the International Paralympic Committee, to refuse to attend the Sochi Games unless the Russian Open Games are allowed to take place in full security for all participants.

The ROG face opposition, with called by homophobic legislators to ban the event. Now, hours before the event is to open, organizers are facing catastrophe, as the venues scheduled for many events, including the host hostel, are cancelling reservations, unofficially due to government pressure.

The petition can be found on the change.org website.