A South African man has scooped the title of Mr Gay World 2010.

Charl Van den Berg, a 28-year-old restaurateur from Cape Town, was named the winner at a ceremony in Oslo, Norway, yesterday.

Van deb Berg said: “It’s my aim to help break down stereotypes and differing mindsets in the global community and promote oneness and equality for all people by bridging the gap between those mindsets.

“It is my understanding that people are people before we are different.”

Bryon Adu, 24, from Australia, came in at second place, while fourth place went to 26-year-old Xiadai Muyi from China.

Xiadai’s identity was kept secret after Beijing officials tried to prevent him from joining the contest.

A pageant to decide Mr Gay China was due to be held in the city last month but was stopped by police after organisers apparently obtained the wrong permits.

Instead, organisers chose Xiadai to compete secretly.