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2017 World Outgames to be in Miami Beach/Miami

BY STEVE ROTHAUS, srothaus@MiamiHerald.com

The 2017 World OutGames will be held in Miami Beach/Miami, the Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association (GLISA) announced Thursday.

"We did it!" local committee member Cindy Brown posted on her Facebook page from Antwerp, Belgium, where the 2013 games will be played July 31-Aug. 11.

Brown and several other South Florida representatives traveled to Belgium for the GLISA announcement.

"We won!" committee member Jerry Torres boasted on Facebook.

Five cities applied for the 2017 games: Miami Beach/Miami; Reykjavík, Iceland, which came in second place; Denver; Rio de Janeiro; and Rome.

The World OutGames, an international event, could attract tens of thousands of LGBT visitors to South Florida, organizers predict. According to the GLISA website, OutGames expects to attract up to a quarter-million athletes, attendees and visitors during a 10-day period.

Organizers have said the plan to hold the event in South Florida during the 2017 Memorial Day holiday week, overlapping busy Urban Beach Weekend, if it’s still around.

The group is working with University of Miami to provide sporting faculties and dormitory space, organizers say.

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