The big count-down to this year’s EuroGames has begun. The Organizing Committee, the volunteers, city officials, and many many others are ready to welcome all the participants and visitors of the sports competitions and cultural events for the EuroGames 2008 in Barcelona. The games which are hosted under the slogan “Come South – Play with us!” open on July 24, and end on July 27, 2008.

More than 4500 sportsmen and sportswomen from over 30 European countries, as well as some participants from other countries like the USA, Thailand, Canada, Puerto Rico, Brazil or Australia, will meet at the 12th EuroGames, the European Gay & Lesbian Championships.

On July 24th the opening ceremony will take place in one of architectonic jewels of Barcelona, the Olympic pavillion Palau Sant Jordi. Visitors, tourists and non-participants should book their tickets online to ensure their availability.

Participants, supporters and volunteers should pick up their accreditation as soon as they arrive in Barcelona. The Accreditation center is located near Placa d’Espanya, close to the EuroGames Village. Detailed address, opening hours and other information is available online.

EuroGames are the largest annual LGBT sports event in Europe, and are run under the patronage of EGLSF by its member clubs. Besides offering a high-quality sport event to the gay and lesbian sports community, the following goals are being promoted through EuroGames: fight against discrimination in sport on grounds of sexual preference, stimulate integration in sport and emancipation of lesbians and gays, enable and support the coming out of gay and lesbian sports men and women and support the founding of new gay, lesbian, straight and mixed groups.