The Bingham Cup returns this weekend, this time in Amsterdam, with a whole week of festivities planned for LGBTQ rugby teams from around the world.
The biannual LGBTQ rugby tournament got its start in 2002. It was created in honor of, and named for, Mark Bingham, the gay rugby player who was part of the the takedown of United Airlines flight 93, in a field in Pennsylvania, on Sept. 11, 2001. The inaugural tournament was held in Bingham’s home of San Francisco, where he was returning to that fateful day.
This will be the first time the tournament has been held in continental Europe. Ireland and England have hosted the tournament on three previous occasions.
The Sydney Convicts have been the dominant force in the tournament, finishing in the top two each of the previous six years and hoisting the Bingham Cup more than any other club, a total of four times.