The Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association (GLISA) said they are pleased with preparations for the 2nd Asia Pacific Outgames in Wellington, New Zealand.
GLISA representatives Nick Ward and Peter Sagar visited site organisers recently and gave the thumbs up to progress already made for the 2011 games.
GLISA host relations director Nick Ward said the international event requires enormous organisation, however, he was impressed with the commitment volunteers have shown and was confident things will run smoothly.
“I think we’ll be looking forward to an excellent games,” he told SSO.
Ward said the games will likely follow the success of the 1st Asia Pacific Outgames in Melbourne in 2008.
“I think we can expect a games with a distinctly New Zealand and distinctly Wellington flavour,” he said. “There is lots of excitement .. we can expect a show stopper.”
The full sports line-up will-be announced early next year. Sixteen sports are expected to make the competition program.
Announced on the program so far are dancesport, fast-pitch softball, running, swimming, tennis and volleyball.
Rugby, netball, badminton, water polo, soccer, rowing, hockey, squash, golf, lawn bowls, tenpin bowling, croquet, triathlon, diving and mountain biking have all been considered to make up the full competition.
Outgames organisers will also curate a cultural, human rights and arts program for the week-long event.
The Wellington Outgames will be held from March 12-19 2011.
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