Denmark will host the 2009 OutGames as part of its bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

The event will be hosted in the capital city of Copenhagen and is expected to attract over 15,000 competitors and 200,000 fans.

It will be the first major sporting event in the lead up to the country’s Olympic bid, Martin Geertsen, deputy mayor of cultural affairs said: “I feel an air of excitement all over. Therefore we will work to make sure that the OutGames become the biggest and best international sporting event for gays and lesbians.”

This year’s Outgames will be held in Montreal from 26 July to 5 August 2006 with more than 16,000 participants in the sport, cultural and International Conference programmes.