The International Children's Games is an alliance of cities that pursue the common goal of forming nation-linking friendships through the exercising of sports and the arranging of sports competitions.
The goal of the International Children's Games is to enable, develop and advance the meeting, understanding and friendship of students from different countries, and to advance the Olympic idea. In this sense, sports competitions are arranged for students. The International Children's Games pursue their goals in a non-political, non-denominational and non-racist way.
The headquarters of the International Children's Games is in Lausanne Switzerland. The headquarters of the Executive-Committee is the respective place of residence of the president.
All cities that have organized the International Children's Games can become members and have the right to vote.
Members have the right to nominate the candidate to the International Children's Games Committee and Auditors. The nomination must be signed by the Mayor and includes a statement to pay all financial obligations necessary for the office.
The admission of new members can only be undertaken by the General Assembly.
Individuals who have made a special contribution to the International Children's Games can be admitted as honorary members by the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Committee.
Membership can be terminated by:
a) Resignation with written explanation,
b) Expulsion by two-thirds majority of the Members attending a General Assembly.
Notification of termination and appeals must be forwarded to all Members. In the event of a vacancy, the position should be filled by the accepting nominee receiving the greatest number of votes in the last General Assembly. If no accepting nominees exist the position shall remain vacant until the next General Assembly.
The Recognized bodies of the International Children’s Games are:
a) General Assembly,
d) National Committees,
e) Technical Commission.
The General Assembly is the highest excuting body of the International Children's Games. It concerns itself with the following:
a) The decision concerning questions on principles,
b) The authorization of personnel assignments,
c) The affirmation of the Committees progress reports,
d) The admission and termination of membership,
e) The selection of the Committee, Executive-Committee and two (2) Auditors,
f) The decision concerning finances,
g) The decisions concerning changes to statutes and regulations.
The General Assembly meets every two (2) years. This must be announced six months in advance. An extraordinary session of the General Assembly, can take place at request of one-third of the members, or by decision of the Committee. For the extraordinary meeting, the six (6) months notification period is not necessary.
All resolutions made by the General Assembly are only valid if a quorum is present. A quorum is defined as at least half of the members being present prior to the first vote of the meeting.
a) All decisions will be made by the simple majority of members present, with the exception of those cases for which a special regulation can be found in the statutes.
b) Each member has one vote. This right to vote can only be exercised by representative with written authorization of the member.
The Committee is the executing body of the International Children's Games. Its concerns itself with the following:
a) The preparation for the General Assembly,
b) The execution of resolutions by the General Assembly,
c) The set-up and up-keep of contacts,
d) The selection of the cities which will host the International Children's Games, and coordination of the dates of events,
e) The supervision of the preparations for the International Children's Games,
f) The control of adherence to sport rules during the execution of International Children's Games,
g) The resolutions concerning cost participation at the International Children's Games,
h) The cultivation of contact among the members,
i) The convening of an extraordinary General Assembly in the case of a resignation of the president or with the written request of at least one-third of the Members.
j) The Committee has the right to nominate up to four (4) persons to the Committee for the General Assembly elections.
The Committee consists of a maximum of nineteen (19) members. For a period of four (4) years, the following will be elected from the General Assembly: president, two vice-presidents, treasurer, secretary, two members of the Executive Committee, and up to twelve (12) members. The election occurs respectively in the year after the Olympic Summer Games.
Candidates for president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, and two members of the Executive Committee are elected if they receive more than one-half of the submitted votes. Committee members are elected by receiving the top twelve (12) greatest number of votes. Re-election is possible.
A city can be represented by up to three (3) members on the Committee.
The Committee meets at least once a year. The meeting must be announced at least three (3) months in advance. The call for a meeting must be initiated by the president or at the request of the least nine (9) members. The invitation and agenda must in principal be delivered two (2) months in advance of the meeting.
The Committee constitutes a quorum when at least nine (9) members are present. All decisions are reached by a simple majority. In case of a tie the president's vote is the deciding factor.
In the event of a vacancy, the position should remain vacant unit the next General Assembly, where the replacement can be elected.
The concerns of the current administration and urgent decisions between Committee meeting will be handled by the Executive Committee.
The Executive Committee consists of the International Children's Games president, two vice-presidents, treasurer, secretary and two at-large members.
The president is responsible for the overall leadership of the International Children's Games. His specific duties are in particular:
a) The summoning and administration of the General Assembly, the Committee and the Executive Committee,
b) Observance of contacts between Committee members,
c) Signing of all documents which signify an obligation on the part of the International Children's Games. In the absence of the president, one of the vice-presidents can sign on behalf of the International Children’s Games,
d) The provision of a business report for presentation to the General Assembly.
In the absence of the president, the office will presided by one of the vice-presidents.
One of the vice-presidents is responsible for the work of the Technical Commission. In the absence of the president, the office will be represented by the vice-presidents with the same rights and responsibilities, according to Art. 21.
The Treasurer is responsible for the finances. His responsibilities are in particular:
a) Suggestions and efforts for the procurement of currency for the payment of the administration of the Committee and the Executive-Committee,
b) Keeping of accounts and books for the International Children's Games,
c) Investment of assets of the International Children's Games,
d) Payment of invoices with the consent of the president,
e) Prepare an annual budget for the International Children’s Games,
f) Provision of a financial report to the General Assembly.
The Secretary is responsible for the administration and reporting of the International Children's Games. His responsibilities are in particular the handling of written correspondence and the setting up of meeting's protocol and announcements. The costs for the secretariat should be reimbursed by the International Children's Games.
The members of the Executive Committee are honorary positions. Personal expenses which arise out of such duties, shall be reimbursed.
The membership can be terminated by:
b) Violating rules of the International Children's Games,
c) A member not attending 3 consecutive meetings.
Executive Committee meetings can be attended by guests, but without voting right, provided they have been invited.
The decisions made by the Executive Committee must be confirmed by the Committee at their next meeting or by written or electronic vote.
The two (2) auditors cannot be members of the Committee. Before each General Assembly, with the exception of an extraordinary Assembly, they must audit the accounts and books of the International Children's Games and give a report to the General Assembly.
The Technical Commission consists of ten (10) members appointed by the International Children's Games Committee.
In special cases the Technical Commission may be extended with additional temporary members. The decision must be approved by the Executive Committee.
Chairman of the Technical Commission is one of the Vice Presidents.
Responsibilities of the Technical Commission are:
a) To set up rules and regulations of the sports offered at the Games,
b) To monitor rules and regulations of the sports competitions,
c) To enforce the adherence of the sports rules,
d) To cooperate with and monitor the preparation by the host cities regarding the execution of the sports offered at the Games.
National Committees are recognized by the by International Children's Games with adherence to all of the following:
a) A majority vote of International Children's Games Committee,
b) A minimum of one (1) city in that country must have hosted a Games,
c) A minimum of three (3) cities in that country has participated in the Games,
d) A letter requesting recognition is submitted by a minimum of three (3) mayors in that country.
National Committees can set up their own statutes that support the ideals of International Children's Games and cannot contradict the International Children's Games Statutes.
National Committees can use the International Children's Games logo and must provide an annual report of activities to the International Children's Games President.
The International Children's Games can be carried out as either Summer or Winter Games. At the Summer Games, track and field and swimming are obligatory sports and must include a minimum of two (2) individual and two (2) team sports.
All Games must be approved by the Committee. The awarding of a Games to a host city is approved by a vote of a majority of the Committee. Technical regulations of the International Children's Games are those adopted rules of the respective international sports federations.
All sports regulations for each Games must be approved by the Technical Commission. Valid regulations are available in the International Children's Games Technical Handbook.
Participating athletes must reside or attend school in the city in which they represent. Only athletes ages 12, 13, 14 or 15 on December 31 in the year of the Games may compete.
Each of the International Children’s Games participating cities must pay a participation fee, the amount of which is prescribed in the Guide to Entry, paid to the account of the International Children's Games Committee, at no cost to the International Children's Games. This payment must be made before the registration process is activated. Cities that have not paid the registration will not be allowed to participate in the Games.
Symbols and Languages
The symbols of the International Children's Games are:
a) The flag which shows five Athletes in a row on five waves in the colors of blue, yellow, black, green and red,
b) The anthem by Beethoven/Schiller "Ode to Joy",
c) Medals of gold, silver and bronze,
d) The logo of the International Children’s Games.
The working language of the Games is English.
In case of dissolution of the International Children's Games, the entire assets will be turned over to an international organization which is dedicated to supporting youth internationally.Updated on 15-10-2013