La Jornada – LGBT Cup will measure achievements in issues of sports inclusion
The organizers of the fourth edition said that inclusion, equality and non-discrimination in sports in the country will have more scope at the LGBT Cup, for which around 2,000 people from around 30 states of the republic are expected to participate. guests from the United States, Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador, and will be at Deportivo Azcapotzalco and a six-year plan from June 22 to 25.
“The LGBT Cup is a sporting, cultural and recreational event, the largest in Mexico, aimed at LGBTTIQ+ people,” said Noémie Arzate, tournament president and sexual diversity coordinator at the Pilares Ciudad de México program.
“It is a completely independent work. Thanks to all this work done together, they have managed to generate all these opportunities for the participants, so I am very grateful because I see that sport and diversity bring us unites”, said the leader in a presentation at a hotel in the historic centre, attended by Nathalie Desplas, Secretary of Tourism; Javier Hidalgo, Head of the Sports Institute of Mexico City; Jaime Ruben Morales, director of sexual diversity and human rights, among other officials of the capital’s government.
The cup was born in 2018 at Deportivo Azcapotzalco with more than 200 participants from six states, in 2019 it was attended by 850. It was not held in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid, and in 2022 it brought together more than 1,850 athletes from 20. States, in addition to the fact that some competitions have been held in Guerrero, Guanajuato, Guadalajara and the cities of the State of Mexico.
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Azcapotzalco mayor Margarita Saldana explained that the 2023 edition will include basketball, 7-a-side soccer, 7-a-side rugby, softball, indoor and beach volleyball, lightsaber combat, chess, boxing, eSports There will be competitions. Swimming, Olympic wrestling, track athletics and a 5,000-metre night race on 24 June in the context of International LGBT Pride Day.
Registration will close on June 11 and participation is open to anyone over the age of 18, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
“With this cup, we basically want to spread inclusion. Sexual diversity increases. And the example is that the mayor of Azcapotzalco is our biggest ally and we show that we can work no matter who we are.” Represent people of color”, highlighted Jaime Ruben Morales, Director of Sexual Diversity and Human Rights.
“And that’s what we’re doing at the national level. We are a government of inclusion, which has made the slogan of the City of Rights a reality”, he said.
Jaime López Vela, director of culture for Metro, highlighted the collaboration of civil society organizations in the logistics of the meeting. “A condition for them to participate in the fair is that they receive a training workshop given by members of civil society, so that each athlete knows what rights our community has fought for, conquered And who. are they. that we are missing. This competition also promotes the advancement of human rights, equality and non-discrimination that we seek for our community”, he said.