Cleveland Synergy Foundation, the group that bid for and won the right to put on the Gay Games 2014 in Cleveland, is vowing it will remain in control.

In the first official word from Synergy officials since rumors surfaced that the Federation of Gay Games (FGG) was discussing the possibility of replacing Synergy, the group said it is preparing to defend itself.

“The Cleveland Synergy Foundation has met all of its commitments to the Federation of Gay Games,” Founder Jeff Axberg said in a statement released Monday. “We look forward to quickly resolving any questions the Federation may have, and moving forward in the same spirit of teamwork and collaboration that won the Games for Cleveland and Akron.”

The statement comes on the same day that gay sports website published a leaked letter from city officials that says Cleveland is “suspending any further payments to Synergy until the outstanding issues between the FGG and Synergy are resolved.”

What issues need to be resolved remain a mystery. Gay Games North America Representative Kevin Boyer refused to comment on the controversy.

But at the center of the dispute appears to be allegations from representatives from competing cities Boston and Washington D.C. claiming that Cleveland's bid broke several rules and suggesting that the selection was politically motivated.

The dispute is being played out as officials in Cologne, Germany prepare to host Gay Games 2010, which opens in less than two weeks.