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Federation of Gay Games confirms Cleveland Synergy Foundation is gone

Federation of Gay Games confirms Cleveland Synergy Foundation is gone

The confirmation was given today to the Washington Blade that Cleveland Synergy Foundation, the group who initially was chosen to put on the 2014 Gay Games in Cleveland is gone:

The Federation of Gay Games confirmed Tuesday it has severed ties with Cleveland Synergy Foundation, the group formed to propose and plan the 2014 games, but remained committed to holding the event in Ohio.

Kelly Stevens, a Federation spokesperson, said in a statement that the organization would work with unspecified “Cleveland partners” to “ensure that planning for the 2014 Cleveland Gay Games progresses at a satisfactory pace.”

The statement came four days after Synergy founder Jeff Axberg said his “organization licensed to produce the 2014 Gay Games” was committed to ensuring that the games remained “an event created by the LGBT community.”

Axberg’s statement July 30 also noted that Synergy was sending its own representatives to Cologne, apparently at its own expense, “to receive the Federation of Gay Games Flag during the Cologne Gay Games’ closing ceremony.”

As I reported on Sunday, CSF’s oddly worded statement that they were sending their own delegation to the Cologne Games was completely without merit or proof.

For now, it appears that the games will remain in Cleveland as the FGG works with the “unspecified partners”.  Once there is a formal announcement as to who the new players are I will update.

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