Donnerstag, 27. Oktober 2016

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Don't Drop the Ball Before the Ball Drops on January 1st

Gay Games VIII Cologne Prices Increase by 25 Euros on New Year's Day

(lifePR) (North America, ) Gay Games VIII in Cologne Germany might not be until July of 2010, but once the ball drops on this New Year's Eve, those planning to travel to Germany for the 2010 Gay Games will see a 25 Euro hike in the cost to attend (37 USD, 39 CAD, 40 AUD).

Early bird registration discounts for the 2010 Gay Games end at midnight (local times) on Thursday, 31 December 2009. After midnight, the base registration fee climbs by 25 Euros. Sport & cultural event fees remain unchanged. Registration fees include a ticket to Opening & Closing Ceremony, a week-long transit pass, sport & cultural event costs, a participation medal, welcome kit, and access to other special events. More than 2,800 have already registered to participate, a total that is "ahead of projections" according to Cologne organizers, and several sports are nearing capacity.

Gay Games VIII Cologne 2010 will take place from 31 July to 7 August 2010 in Cologne, Germany. The Games will begin with an exciting Opening Ceremony at RheinEnergieStadion, the city's football (soccer) stadium, where up to 48,000 people are expected. Entertainment has not yet been announced but past Gay Games performers have included Tina Turner, Cyndi Lauper, Kylie Minogue, Patti Labelle, Erasure's Andy Bell and Heather Small. Details, including registration information, is at

35 Sports, 3 Cultural Events

Up to 10,000 athletes and artists are expected to participate in the following disciplines: Badminton, Basketball, Beach-Volleyball, Bodybuilding, Bowling, Bridge (new!), Chess, Cycling, DanceSport, Diving, Field Hockey, Figure Skating, Golf, Handball, Ice Hockey, Inline Speed Skating, Marathon, Martial Arts, Pool-Billiards, Powerlifting, 5K/10K Road Races, Sailing, Soccer (Football), Softball, Sport Climbing, Sport Shooting, Squash, Swimming, Synchronized Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Track and Field, Triathlon, Volleyball, Water Polo, and Wrestling. Artists can register to participate in Band, Chorus or Cheerleading as part of the cultural festival.

Register Early to Save Money

"Though the world's economies seem to be turning around, we know that the recession could play a role in people's decision to come to Cologne next year," said Annette Wachter, Games Cologne CEO. "We want to make sure that everyone has a chance to register at the lowest possible price so that joining us in Cologne will be easier." Registering early also helps the nonprofit organizing committee in Cologne to plan for the 8-day long sports & cultural festival.

Kurt Dahl and Emy Ritt, co-presidents of the international Federation of Gay Games, echoed Wachter's sentiment. "We encourage the athletes and artists of the world to act quickly to guarantee a spot in their preferred sport, and to show our support for the City of Cologne as they prepare to welcome us next July."

To register, visit Click on "Contact" on that website if questions arise during the registration process.

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The Federation of Gay Games is the international governing body that perpetuates the quadrennial Gay Games and promotes the event's founding principles of "Participation, Inclusion and Personal Best"(TM) . The Gay Games were conceived by Dr. Tom Waddell, an Olympic decathlete, and were first held in San Francisco in 1982.

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