Hong Kong Gay Games postponed due to Covid travel restrictions

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09/15/2021

The Hong Kong Gay Games have been postponed until November 2023 in view of the current coronavirus pandemic and travel restrictions, its organisers have told HKFP. The games, the first to be held in Asia, were originally set to take place next November. Hong Kong Gay Games founder and co-chair Dennis Philipse said the decision was made “proactively” due to “the state of uncertainty and travel restrictions” amid the pandemic. Hong Kong currently enforces some of the strictest mandatory quarantine restrictions in the world, despite some experts calling them unnecessary. Only fully vaccinated Hong Kong residents are currently allowed to enter the city from “high risk” countries, after which they must serve 21 days of mandatory quarantine in a hotel. “We want to make sure that everyone is able to come to the event,” Philipse told HKFP. “We cannot be in a bubble event, people cannot be in quarantine for 21 days.” He said that the postponement would allow participants to train, as access to sporting facilities and swimming pools had been restricted across Asia. The founder added that they had not made any venue bookings prior to the postponement and sponsors remained committed to the event.

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