The Mayor of London Boris Johnson says its “fantastic news” that the capital has been shortlisted to go through to the final round of the process to host the 2018 Gay Games.

The cities shortlisted alongside London are Paris and Limerick. The announcement was made via a video message from the Federation of Gay Games in San Francisco on Saturday.

The London 2018 Committee submitted their bid earlier this year.

High profile backers of the bid include the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Hugh Robertson sports minister, London’s Mayor Boris Johnson and House of Commons Speaker John Bercow.

The London team will prepare for the arrival of site evaluation inspectors in July from the Gay Games organisers. The evaluators will be shown the venues for London’s Games which will include facilities in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

London Mayor Boris Johnson said: “This is fantastic news and a testimony to the hard work of the London Gay Games bid team. London could host a world-beating event in 2018, underlining our city’s reputation as a tolerant place to live and visit. I wish London’s organising team every success as they progress to this next crucial stage of the selection process.”

Alex Davis, chair of the London 2018 bid, added: “We are thrilled that London has been shortlisted to host the Gay Games in 2018. This is an amazing opportunity to showcase London, and our vibrant LGBT community and we look forward to showing all that London has to offer to the FGG site inspectors in July.”