This week in Israel the first Tel Aviv Games, a multisport event attracting LGBT athletes from around the world, will be held.
Event organizers are keeping the first iteration of the Tel Aviv Games small, hosting four sports: basketball, soccer, swimming and tennis. Organizers say they have 300 registered athletes from 20 countries. Located at the intersection of Europe, Africa and Asia, they have been able to reach athletes from Hong Kong, Belarus, Russia and France, as well as attracting athletes from as far away as the United States and Brazil.
“The TLV LGBT Sports Club hopes to create a new, sports-centric focus of LGBT tourism to Israel, in addition to the annual Tel Aviv Pride Parade,” said Tal Maoz, co-chairman of the TLV LGBT Sports Club, in a statement. “Our goal is to bring even more LGBT individuals from around the world to experience Israel’s openness to the LGBT community.”