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Gay Games 2018 To Take Place In Paris

A crowd of people sing the Russian National Anthem at the Stockholm Olympic Stadium on October 6, 2013 while raising rainbow
A crowd of people sing the Russian National Anthem at the Stockholm Olympic Stadium on October 6, 2013 while raising rainbow flags in solidarity with the Russian LGBT community. A project called 'Live and Let Love' will use footage from the event to be cut together with other singers and musicians from around the world to make a video film that will be shown on YouTube ahead of the winter Olympic games in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY / ERIK MARTENSSON +++ SWEDEN OUT +++ (Photo credit should read ERIK MARTENSSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Paris won the right to host the 2018 Gay Games on Monday erasing memories of their defeat to German city Cologne for the 2010 edition.

Paris saw off rivals London and the Irish city of Limerick for the honour of hosting what started out in 1982 as the Gay Olympics.

They had to change the name to the Gay Games a few weeks before the inaugural event in 1982 after legal objections by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) over name rights.

The 2014 edition -- which is a sporting and cultural event -- is being hosted by Cleveland and Akron in the United States.

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