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Gay athletes in limbo over Outgames visas

By RealJock Staff

Just two weeks before the 1st World Outgames begin in Montreal, 242 athletes are in limbo about their visa status while a dozen others have been refused entry.

The visa debacle has prompted a public appeal from Outgames organizers to the federal immigration minister.

Canada's Liberal Party joins the call for visas for athletes, urging the minister to respond to the applications.

"Canada has been a financial partner in the organization of the 1st World Outgames and the International Human rights Conference from the outset," Liberal Immigration critic Raymonde Folco told CBC Canada. "Why, with only two weeks remaining until the start of the activities, are dozens of participants still waiting for a response to their visa applications?"

A spokesman for the immigration minister told CBC Canada that the department is not discriminating based on sexual orientation or race. Applicants are in queue for review, he said.

The 1st World Outgames begin July 26.