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Cleveland organizers of 2014 Gay Games are under scrutiny
Published reports say Cleveland Synergy Foundation has been stripped of its license to produce the 2014 Gay Games in Cleveland and Akron
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Chicago hosted the 2006 games, attracting 100,000 spectators and an $80 million boost to its economy.
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Published reports since last weekend point to a dispute between the organization in charge of the 2014 Gay Games in Cleveland and Akron, and its parent organization. The non-profit group, Cleveland Synergy Foundation led the successful effort last year to land the games for northeast Ohio. The group refuses to comment on reports that its license to manage the games has been suspended because of financial irregularities. The San Francisco-based Federation of Gay Games selects the host cities for the international event held every four years. Spokesman Kelly Stevens also refuses comment on the reported loss of Synergy's license. But he says it won't affect the site selection.
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What we know for sure is that the 2010 Gay Games will start at the end of this month in Cologne, Germany. That will be “Gay Games 8” and a Cleveland contingent is expected to be there for the “passing of the torch”.
Plans for “Gay Games 9” currently call for 30 sporting events in Cleveland and Akron starting the first weekend in August, 2014.
The Gay Games are expected to give the region’s economy a 60 million dollar boost. 
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Photos from Gay Games Cologne 2010:

http://www.glanzbilder.org/2010/08/03/gay-games-cologne-2010-a-summary-in-pictures/


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