45th Games, August 3-8, 2011, Lanarkshire, Scotland (UK)
North and South Lanarkshire Councils hosted the the world's biggest youth sporting event in August 2011.
1.300 competitors and coaches, along with administrators and delegates representing 77 cities from 33 countries worldwide had a great time competing and making lots of new friends during their stay in Lanarkshire for the International Olympic Committee-recognised event.
5th Winter Games, January 25 - 31, 2011, in Kelowna, Canada
Kelowna in British Columbia was the first city to host the Winter Children's Games outside of Europe.
The fiirst time ever in the Games' history Hockey and Speedskating was offered.
Alpine and nordic skiing, snowboarding, figure skating and curling fascinated 472 athletes from 37 cities and 13 countries.
The excellent Kelowna Games fantastically organised with the help of 890 volunteers were a milestone in the short history of ICG Winter Games.
44th Games, June 28 - July 3, 2010, in Manama, Bahrain
More than 1,200 young competitors have been participating in the 44th International Children's Games in Manama, the capital of the Arabian country of Bahrain, that gave a great and excellent performance.
71 towns were present from all the five continents of the world to compete for the first time ever in ICG's history in an arabic country. New to the International Children's Games were the cities of Bagdad (Iraq), Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), Sialkot and Karachi (Pakistan), and Bangelore (India). Also for the very first time ever Sailing was part of the programme offered.
The high level of competitions in Track and Field, Swimming, Table-Tennis, Taekwondo, Soccer, Volleyball and Handball were only moderately influenced by the high temperatures during the games.
43rd Games, June 23-28, 2009, in Athens, Greece
In the middle of the 5 million metropolis of Athens, Greece the Games were held from June 23-28, 2009.
A total of 1,600 participants experienced wonderful Games with great accommodations and food.
The opening ceremonies at the Stadium where the modern Olympics were opened in 1896, was naturally a highlight for all.
Needless to say the touristic highlights of ancient Greece during the participants spare time was a memory that will remain forever in the minds of the youths.
Sports offered were: Track and Field, Basketball, Football, Gymnastics, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball.
4th Winter Games, February 19 - 21, 2009, in Montreux and Vevey, Switzerland
It has been 10 years since the last ICG Winter Children's Games were held in Maribor Slovenia. Montreux and Vevey, two neighboring cities in Switzerland, took upon themselves the hard task of again organizing and re-launching Winter Children's Games. Members of ICG were all confident that organizing of the Games was entrusted to the right people we had great expectations. 40 cities from all around the world - Australia, Canada, USA, Korea, China and even Kenya, just to mention the furthest countries - brought over 500 young athletes to compete in six different sports.
Accommodations and sports venues as well as execution of the Games were flawless. All of that combined with the scenery of a beautiful lake surrounded with high mountains made it an unforgettable experience for all. To make a long story short, the Games were expectedly performed precisely as a Swiss watch. In addition to excellent sports competitions, the Games organizers presented their cities and country to children from all around the world in the best way, providing memories we would surely want to re-experience again.
Thank you to all involved in organizing the 4th Winter Children Games. You did a great job. Hopefully the initiative demonstrated by Montreux-Vevey will institute more frequent hosting of the Winter Games and encourage more cities to continue this tradition.
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