Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Argentina hosts gay 'World Cup' of soccer

Argentina hosts gay 'World Cup' of soccer:

Hundreds of amateur athletes from around the world kicked off the gay 'World Cup' on Monday in soccer-crazed Argentina.

Waving a rainbow flag symbolic of the gay community, the cheering players began play at a park in Buenos Aires — which in 2002 became the first Latin American city to approve same-sex civil unions.

"There's the polemic that gay people are supposed to be effeminate and not play sports," said Matt Borkowski, a 36-year-old playing with a Philadelphia squad. "But we're here to embrace sports and show you can be gay and be sporty at the same time."

About 500 athletes, representing 28 city squads such as the San Francisco Spikes, New York Ramblers, London Leftovers and Sydney Rangers, are taking part in the International Gay and Lesbian Football Association World Soccer Championships, which run through Saturday.

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