Winnipeg Withdraws as Host of 2020 North America Continental OutGames

(Winnipeg, MB; August 10, 2017) – After careful review of the cancellation of the 2017 Miami World OutGames, the 2020 North America OutGames Planning Committee (Planning Committee) has decided to withdraw Winnipeg as host of the 2020 North America OutGames.

“With the incident that happened in Miami this past June and how the athletes were treated, we feel that we are no longer in a positon to deliver an exceptional experience for LGBTTQ* athletes under the OutGames banner ” said Jonathan Niemczak Chair of the 2020 North America OutGames Planning Committee. “The Planning Committee is very disappointed with how the cancellation of the Miami World OutGames unfolded, and as a result, we cannot support going forward with hosting an OutGames event”.

Winnipeg will still be hosting the Fierté Canada | Canada Pride Festival in 2020 and the Planning Committee is redirecting the efforts that went into the 2020 OutGames to produce a new Canadian LGBTTQ* multi-sporting event.

“We had tons of positive feedback and excitement when we announced our winning bid for the 2020 North America OutGames, and we want to carry forward that momentum” said Niemczak. “The Planning Committee is exploring a new national LGBTTQ* multi-sporting event that will form a piece of the 2020 Fierté Canada Pride celebrations. More information on this event will be released in early 2018”.