gay and lesbian sporting event
The DÜSSEL-CUP is Düsseldorf’s premier gay and lesbian sporting event. The Düssel-Cup is organized by four clubs: VC Phönix, Düsseldorf Dolphins, Weiberkram and TSC conTAKT.
Around 900 participants come from all over Europe to Düsseldorf to participate in 11 sporting disciplines including swimming, volleyball, basketball, beach volleyball, table tennis, tennis, bowling, soccer, badminton, dancing and running.
The DÜSSEL-CUP has been running for more than 12 years now and has more than realised its goal of being an established gay and lesbian sporting event. The DÜSSEL-CUP was created in the spirit of making friends in an arena that offers fair competition for those who are athletically ambitious as well as for those for who prioritise the fun of competition. Participation of heterosexual athletes is obviously in keeping with the spirit of inclusion that the DÜSSEL-CUP welcomes.
The athletic competitions, along with the social opportunities that the Friday registration, Saturday evening athletes’ party, and the Sunday farewell brunch offer, provide Düssel-Cup participants with a lifetime of memories enriched by new friends and good times.
Signed in October 2015 by Düssel-Cup and Eurogames Helsinki 2016
The organizing teams of the yearly Düssel-Cup and of the Eurogames in Helsinki 2016 have jointly formulated these sports guidelines. We think it is necessary to give participants of LGBT sports events some guidelines, so everyone can rely on a few fundamentals, when registering for such a sports event. Therefore we invite all organizing teams of other events to share these guidelines. With these short and simple fundamentals, we want to ensure a certain quality for future events. We hope to further strengthen the lively world of LGBT sports with our initiative.
1. Sports first!
2. Each discipline offered will take place if the minimum number of registrations is reached. If the minimum is not reached, all registered participants will be notified well in advance and may choose a different discipline.
3. We will only accept a pre-defined number of participants or teams to ensure that all participants or teams have sufficient activity time and all disciplines and rounds can take place.
4. In all ball sports there will be preliminary round robin rounds so that all participants and teams have a minimum number of matches. Play-off matches will be played afterwards if planned.
5. Further information (matches, rounds, groups, special rules,…) will be published at least one week prior to the tournament start.
6. All disciplines will be held in appropriate locations and with equipment appropriate to customary game performance levels. If this will not be the case, we will inform those affected in advance.