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Washington to host 2009 gay soccer tournament

MOSCOW, September 5 (RIA Novosti) - Washington has been chosen as the host city for the 2009 Gay Soccer World Championship, local media said on Friday.

"On behalf of the residents of the District of Columbia, we look forward to hosting this prestigious event," said Washington D.C. mayor, Adrian Fenty.

The International Gay Lesbian Football Association tournament is scheduled to take place June 14-21 next year. The city held the first ever Gay Soccer tournament in 1997.

"In addition to promoting good sportsmanship, it affirms our city's reputation as being inclusive and tolerant. We look forward to welcoming the world to our nation's capital," Fenty said.

This year, the Gay Soccer World Championship was hosted in London, with 40 teams representing 13 countries. The English side Stonewall Lions beat Argentinean side SAF Gay 5-0 in the men's final.

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