The Games are intended to promote freedom and rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Organizers say the Games are crucial because of the discrimination gay athletes face in sports, on both the amateur and professional levels. And some of the participants hail from countries with strict anti-gay laws, like Kenya, Saudi Arabia and Russia.
Kevin Mwachiro and Kelvin Washiko, gay activists from Kenya, received scholarships to attend the event from the Federation of Gay Games and the International Front Runners, an L.G.B.T. running club.
Mwachiro, 45, competed in the 200-meter run, placing fifth. He said the number of older participants had inspired him to keep training and promoting a healthy lifestyle.