Game Over?: Questions Raised Over Cleveland's Bid for the 2014 Gay Games

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The 2014 Gay Games were awarded to Cleveland less than a year ago, but now, two Boston media outlets are questioning just how the city landed the games.

When the September '09 announcement was made, Cleveland was very excited about landing the Gay Games, which is viewed as the world's largest specifically gay sporting and cultural event.

Now, a couple of articles from other cities that were in the running are alleging that Cleveland is at risk of losing the games. There appears to have been some concern with the organization initially involved in coordinating the games for Cleveland.

But according to a 19 Action News source, the Federation of Gay Games has thrown its full weight behind the city of Cleveland. Estimates say the Gay Games will bring 12,000 athletes to town. Another 100,000 spectators are also expected to view the games that includes around 40 different sports.

Councilman Joe Cimperman says Cleveland won the games fair and square.

"When you look at why Cleveland won the bid, it's our people. It's our culture. It's our diversity. It's our commitment to human rights and when you compare all those things to any other city Cleveland comes out on top every single time no matter what the competition is."

Mayor Frand Jackson says Boston is just upset they didn't get the games and Cleveland will do what it is required to do to keep the games.

"We will be in Cologne to do our part as we required for the 2014 games. All systems go. We're going to show our city in the best light possible to an international crowd of phenomenal athletes. Usually, for every athlete that comes you get three extra visitors," said Councilman Cimperman.

Cleveland is investing close to $750,000 dollars to bring the games here in 2014.

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