The Federation of Gay Games seeks to deliberately divide the American gay community by hosting the 2006 Games in Chicago, according to organisers of the 2006 Montr? gay sports festival Rendez-Vous.

The FGG announced that Chicago would be the new host of the Gay Games after their first choice, Montr?, left the organisation following disputes over the size of the event and over which organisation carried ultimate financial responsibility for the Games.

The organisers of Montr?’s Rendez-Vous chose to continue with their own sporting event, which will be held two weeks after the date announced for the Chicago games.

In a statement released on Monday, Rendez-Vous organisers said the FGG was irresponsible. Though the market may be able to support two events of this kind in the same year, holding them so close together will deliberately divide the American gay and lesbian sporting community, the statement read.

Montr? 2006 must, in good conscience and as a gesture of good will, warn the city chosen by the FGG that it is being lured into a trap and will find itself left to its own devices by the FGG, bearing the financial and ethical consequences entirely on its own.

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