On Thursday 11.000 people celebrated the official opening of the IXth
Eurogames in the Olympic Hall, Munich. International and national stars
including Maria Glen, Jimmy Somerville, Georgette Dee and the Croonettes
got the event off to a great start.
An unending Mexican wave went around the arena as the Mayor of Munich,
Chrisitian Ude, attempted to open the games at around 9 o`clock. A few
moments later the flagbearers of the IX games entered the arena to be
greated by over 11.000 people in the Olympic Hall.
In his speech, Ude,
welcome the guests with the words:
"In this town you are ALL
The Eurogames show just how much lesbians and gay people have
achieved, even if this is not yet enough. Lesbians and gay people are
welcomed in Munich. He continued,
"you are all the brightest part of
Right from the start of the entry procession, of the over 5300
sportsmen and women from 38 countries, could the shouts of welcome be
heard throughout the Olympic Park.
"The atmosphere was overwhelming "
commented Mark Tewksbury who, with Isabell Varell, compared the
evening. Tewksbury is one of the few professional sportsmen who is openly
gay. He continued:
"I have never experienced so much energy"
great atmosphere was helped by an array of both national and international
stars not to mention some of the impromptu mini shows put on by the
entering sports clubs. The highlights of the evening included the
ex-Communards lead singer, Jimmy Somerville,
the singing rebel, Marla
Glen and the Croonettes, who brought 20s swing into the Olympic Hall. The
USC wheel chair dance group wowed the crowd with their well known number,
whilst the Munich aerobics group, moving to the sounds of the jungle beats
"Servus, Gruezi und Hallo", brought the house down. But particularly
impressive were the events opening act, "The Schwuhplatters", the
worldknown Munich gay schwuhplatters club. Tewksbury commented:
worth visiting Germany just for them".