World OutGames unravel hours before commencement, fraud investigation

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An international LGBT sporting event, The World OutGames, that was set to begin in Miami on Friday is now the centre of a fraud investigation, and for many Canadians who were planning on making the trip, a major disappointment.

Virtually all of the 450 events, with the exception of aquatics, country western dance, and soccer, had been cancelled just hours before they were set to begin.

The Miami Beach Police Department and Florida State Attorney’s Office have opened a joint investigation into the games.

Officials are investigating an alleged “potential misappropriation of fund,” according to a City of Miami Beach release. The release also said it was “deeply concerned” about the cancellations.

The World OutGames are one of the largest high-profile competitions for LGBT athletes. The first being held in Montreal in 2006.

Read more at CBC News

This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.