A Chinese athlete has made it to the podium at the ninth Gay Games currently underway in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. The winner, an apparently unidentified man from Taiyuan, Shanxi, won silver in the 18-24 year-old breaststroke competition, reports Sina.
The man described how he felt while taking part at the opening ceremonies of the Gay Games:
The atmosphere here at the scene is incredible! At the opening ceremonies, there was only me representing China! It was a difficult moment! Hope that next time our contingent can be even larger!
More than 60 nations and between 8,000 and 10,000 athletes that are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered are taking part in the 2014 Gay Games.
The motto of the Games is “Participation, Inclusion and Personal Best”. The open nature of the Gay Games is reflected by its complete lack of qualifying standards for competing athletes, ensuring that any person from any country can participate.
Photos: China Daily