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Part of the mission of the Gay Games movement is to preserve and improve the health and well- being of participants, before, during, and after the Gay Games. In order to promote its message of “Participation, Inclusion, and Personal Best,” the Gay Games has endeavoured to develop and implement policies that allow for safe and fair events for all.
Health and Well-being
Pre-Existing Conditions and Pregnancy
Participants with pre-existing injuries or medical conditions, including pregnancy, should:
Personal Responsibility and Illegal Substances
GGHK2023 promotes personal responsibility and avoidance of risky behaviors for all participants and guests. To further these goals, all participants are urged to visit these websites concerning the issues of safe and safer sex and avoidance of sexually transmitted diseases.
GGHK has a policy of no tolerance of any illegal substances or recreational drugs. Participants may not use or be under the influence of any illegal substances at any venues or events. Violation of this policy will include removing the participant from the competition or event.
GGHK has a policy of no tolerance of any illegal or prescription substance use solely for the purpose of enhancing performance. Violation of this policy will include removing the participant from the event. However, GGHK understands that use of some types of performance enhancing drugs and other substances are medically necessary and will not exclude any participant due to medical uses of such substances.
The goals of the Gay Games policy on performance-enhancing drugs are to promote: health and well- being of participants; individual responsibility for personal behavior; and fair competition. These goals complement and are part of the overall Gay Games principles of Participation, Inclusion and Personal Best.
To further these goals, GGHK promotes personal responsibility and avoidance of use of performance- enhancing drugs for all participants. To further these goals, all participants are urged to visit these websites concerning the use of performance-enhancing drugs and their effects on the user and the sport.
GGHK and the Federation of Gay Games may decide to provide drug testing for performance- enhancing drugs in any sport that requires such testing within the sanctioning body, or if it appears that fairness requires such testing.