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Albany to host all-women international sports festival

October 15, 2018

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new women’s international sports, entertainment and cultural festival is coming to Albany.

The inaugural Aurora Games will be held at the Times Union Center in August 2019. The six-day event is to take place every two years.

Team and individual competitions featuring athletes from 15 countries will be held in basketball, tennis, figure skating, gymnastics, ice hockey and beach volleyball. Also part of the program will be musical performances, food tastings, sports clinics, autograph sessions and seminars.

The advisory board is chaired by Donna de Varona, a two-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer. Also on the board are Olympic gymnastics champions Nadia Comaneci and Shannon Miller, former tennis star Chris Evert, Olympic track and field champion Jackie Joyner-Kersee and figure skater Nancy Kerrigan.

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