- The Washington Times - Friday, December 2, 2016

Last year, the nation’s capital lost out on the chance to bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics, but Washington could host another international amateur athletic competition six years from now.

Boasting the support of local politicians and an openly gay tennis legend, an area gay-athlete group has thrown its hat into the ring to host the 2022 Gay Games, WTOP Radio reported Friday.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton and the city council have all formally endorsed the bid, with tennis great Billie Jean King, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue serving as honorary chairs, WTOP reported.

“Few events have the prestige or international focus of the Gay Games and GGDC2022 is proud to submit this bid on behalf of the 34 LGBT sports teams of the Washington, D.C. region and, indeed our whole community,” said Brent Minor, who chairs the group’s Bid Committee, WTOP reported.

The Federation of Gay Games will whittle down the competing bids to three finalists on March 1, WTOP said, noting that as of now there are eight cities competing against Washington for the honor. Six of them are in the U.S.: Austin, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and San Francisco. 

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