Sweden: Poor attendance of sports clubs in Pride

Kiruna IF's invitation to sports Sweden to join their float in Pride Parade in Stockholm was not what the club had hoped.

Kiruna IF - 2014

Kiruna IF is the first LGBT-certified sports club in Sweden and take part, just like last year, in this Saturday’s Pride Parade in Stockholm.

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Before this year the ice hockey club, in cooperation with the Swedish Sports Confederation (Riksidrottsförbundet), urged the Swedish sports clubs to participate in the parade.

But the interest has been very cold.

There are not so many associations that have shown interest. It’s been really bad. Sports clubs do not think this is important, says Kiruna IF’s Chairman Johan Köhler to the Swedish Newspaper Aftonbladet.

With a leader like Johan Köhler sports can throw homophobia out of sports – the sad thing is that we can’t clone him and put him in every sports club around the world.  Sports needs more leaders like Johan Köhler.