It was announced at albxny event that the Aurora Games would be coming to Albany in August of It seemed there were more female athletes than male competitors at the Games held that year in Rio de Janeiro — and the male athletes got much more coverage and publicity, he remembers saying.
The year-old Solomon, one of the nation's top sports marketing executives for more than 30 years, developed an idea: An event exclusively for female athletes from around the world. Sounded good to him.
Sounded good to his wife, too. Those ideas became reality Monday when it was announced that the inaugural Aurora Games will be held at Times Union Center next August. Solomon led a news conference at the arena Monday afternoon saying the six-day event will be held Aug.
The plans are for the Aurora Games to be held every two years — future sites have not been determined. for more information about the Aurora Games. The competition itself will pit North and South America against the World.
Solomon said there are 15 countries that are interested in competing. He is hoping there will be between 20 and 30 when the event arrives next summer.
He is excited to get this going. His brain never stops.
Also on board are gymnast Nadia Comaneci, a nine-time Olympic medalist; tennis player Chris Evert, an time Grand Slam champion and Jackie Joyner-Kersee, a six-time Olympic medalist signles track and field. Two-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Donna de Varona, ssingles will be a consultant for the Aurora Games and chair of the athlete advisory board, was at the press conference as was Margaret "Digit" Murphy, who will coach the North and South American hockey team at the games.
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At first, Solomon said Albany wasn't on the list as a possible site. He looked at Madison Square Garden and about "30 different locations.
Because the downtown venues are connected the events can all take place indoors, which was a big plus. He was impressed.