GMT: Amsterdam Lowlanders have won
the right to host the ninth biennial Mark Kendall
Bingham Memorial Tournament - also known as
the Bingham Cup - which will take place in the
Dutch capital in June 2018.
The Lowlanders' bid came first in a recent
vote by all sixty IGR member clubs, despite
facing strong competition from Edinburgh's Caledonian
Thebans, London's Kings Cross Steelers and Toronto
Muddy York who also presented high quality bids
to the IGR Trustees back in July.
Amsterdam's win signals the first time that
the Bingham Cup will be hosted in continental
Europe since the tournament's inception back
UPDATE 2016-10-16 GMT: A joint
statement by International Gay Rugby and
the Amsterdam Lowlanders is now available, detailing
more information about the winning bid.
Huge congratulations to the Lowlanders from
the International Gay Rugby community and...
"PREPARE FOR IMPACT"
2018 Bid Video | Amsterdam
2018 Bid Document
Kendall Bingham Memorial Tournament, or Bingham
Cup as it is more widely known, is the biennial
world championships of gay and inclusive rugby.
The tournament was first held in 2002 in memory
of 9/11 gay rugby hero Mark Bingham, one of
the passengers who fought back against hijackers
on board United flight 93. While Mark and all
on the flight tragically lost their lives when
the plane crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania,
it is widely recognised that through the actions
of those brave individuals on board, the plane
did not continue on to its intented target.
As a gay man and regular rugby player, Mark
played for San Francisco Fog as well as helping
to set up Gotham Knights in New York City.
Mark's legacy sees rugby players, supporters
and staff from around the world coming together
every two years in a celebration of equality,
inclusivity and sportsmanship. 49 teams from
17 countries participated in Bingham Cup 2016
World champions are Melbourne Chargers, lifting
the trophy for the first time in Nashville,
Previous host cities:
2002: San Francisco, CA,
2004: London, England
2006: New York City, NY,
2008: Dublin, Ireland
2010: Minneapolis, MN,
2012: Manchester, England
2014: Sydney, Australia
2016: Nashville, TN, USA