Back in Kaunas together with Committee Member Nikos Tzanakos from Patras, Greece during the 2017 International Children's Games in Lithuania - Ioannis in the middle
By the end of 2021 our congratulations go to 19 year old Ioannis Kariofillis from Evrotas, Greece who participated in the 2017 International Children's Games in Kaunaus - Track & Field. In Kaunas he won a bronze medal in the 100 m race.
Today Ioannis is the best Greek athlete over 200 m having won the national championship.
More steps of his athletic career after ICG:
July 2019: Ioannis finishes 5th at the European Youth Olympic Festival in the 200 m race.
July 2021 Ioannis participates in the European U19 Championship in Tallinn and reaches 8th place with the 4x100 m relay team.
August 2021: Ioannis participates in the U19 World Championship in Nairobi and reaches 6th place with the 4x100 m relay team.
Darmstadt delegation to ICG Jerusalem 2018 - Jule is no. 4 from left
Jule Behrens was an Athletics/Track & Field participant in the 2017 International Children’s Games in Kaunas and in the 2018 International Children’s Games in Jerusalem.
This year Jule won the European Junior Champions 2021 in Kitzbühel, Austria, and on the 7th of november took Junior World crown in Quarteira, Portugal.
Congrats from ICG to Jule!!!
Scene from International Children's Games 2018 in Jerusalem - Judo competitions
17 year old Swiss judoka Binta Ndiaye, a former participant and two times medal winner for the city of Lausanne in the 2018 International Children’s Games in Jerusalem captured a bronze medal at the Junior World Championships in 2021.
Please read more about Binta, “the big hope of Swiss judo“ and her fabulous career in the following article on 24heures.ch (in French).
From ICG to the "2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games" (2021)
The Committee of the International Children's Games is proud to see former participants competing in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games (23 Jul-8 Aug, 2021) and wishes to express special congratulations to all medal winners!
The following list might not be complete, so please let us know, if we missed some former ICG participants!Kylie Masse, former 2013 Windsor ICG medalist wins 2 x silver medal (100 m und 200 m backstroke), and 1 x bronze medal with the Canadian Olympic team (4 × 100 m medley relay) Lize Kop from Alkmaar, Netherlands participates as goalkeeper of the Dutch Soccer Team Tom de Boer, swimmer at 2004 Cleveland and 2005 Coventry ICG, competing in 50 m freestyle Lo Chia-Lin from New Taipei City, former gold medalist at 2016 New Taipei City ICG won bronze medal in Taekwondo Lin Yun-Ju from Taipei won bronze medal in table tennis mixed, she also was a gold medalist of the 2016 New Taipei City Summer Games Ratchak Intanon from Bangkok, and Kirsty Gilmour, both participants of the 2007 Reykjavik ICG, competing in Badminton Marco Koch from Darmstadt, very successful medal collector in the 2005 Coventry ICG, and a participant of the 2004 Cleveland Games competed for the 3rd time as breaststroke swimmer for Germany Dominika Baćmaga (Muraszewska) from Płock, 800 m gold medal winner at 2010 Manama ICG competing as 400 m runner for Poland Dora Madarasz from Kecskemét, table tennis player and bronze medalist at 2006 Bangkok ICG competed in single and double competitions Andrius Gudzius from Kaunas, Lithuania, shotput bronze medal winner at 2006 Bangkok ICG, competing in discus Bence Halász, 2012 Daegu ICG goldmedal winner in shotpu from Szombathely competing in hammer throw Minjong Kim from Seoul, Republic of Korea, gold medalist in Alkmaar 2015, competing in Judo Shanti Pereira from Singapore, track and field, took part in three International Children’s Games: Bangkok 2006, Reykjavik 2007, and San Francisco 2008. In San Francisco, she won the 100 m gold as well as the relay gold medal. Chantal Liew from Singapore, swimmer, took part in Windsor Games 2013 and was a medalist in the games. Loh Kean Yew from Singapore, badminton, took part in the Lanarkshire Games in 2011. [Thanks to Dr. Irwin Seet and ICG friends who completed the list on Facebook].
Screenshot of the sport documentary film "Running Positive" produced by Elvis Joseph
It is with great pleasure that the Committee of the International Children’s Games shares with you an inspirational sport documentary film that our friend Elvis Joseph of „Bangalore Schools Sports Foundation“ has been working on for six years (2015–2020).
„Running Positive“ follows the lives of Babu and Manik who were both born HIV positive, and who now – trained under Elvis - run marathons across the world. In 2015 they took part in Alkmaar International Children’s Summer Games.
It is India's first documentary film on sports & advocacy that made its successful entry at the AMPAS (OSCARS 2020 ). It has been invited to many more international film festivals.
„Running positive“ as part of Elvis Joseph’s mission project „Champion in me“ is advocating globallly for children's equal right to play sports, eradicating stigma & discrimination and building a safe eco system through sports as a medium of transformation.
Please find links to the documentary below:
Logo of ICG Pyeongchang 2022 Winter Games.
Dear friends of ICG,
amid the coronavirus pandemic the Committee of the International Children's Games together with the Organizing Committees of the planned International Children's Games have decided holding the next events in 2022 and 2023.
So hopefully the next Games we will see are International Children's Winter Games 2022 in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea.
Next on the programme are International Children's Summer Games 2022 in Coventry, United Kingdom , followed by Summer Games 2023 in Daegu, Republic of Korea.
As there’s no way to predict what will happen this year, please make sure to stay informed. You'll find updates on International Children's Games here and on Facebook.
Stay healthy and hope to see you all very soon!
Dear friends and ICG family,
with this post we wish to inform you about the postponement of the 9th International Children's Winter Games 2021 in the city of Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea.
As the COVID-19 pandemic still doesn't allow for big events such as International Children's Games the Organizing Committee for the 9th ICG Winter Games has taken the most responsible decission to move the event to 2022.
The most honourable Han Wang-kee, Mayor of Pyeongchang, writes in his letter to the ICG Executive Committee:
"We understand that this news will be disappointing for many people who has been waiting for the games. (...) also, we would like to express our sincere thanks to every cities answering the invitation, a great friend and supporter in spite of those global issues. (...) once again, we appreciate all of your supports and cooperation for our organization. Wishing you, your families and your friends first of all good health and all the best, with kind regards. We will see you at Pyeongchang 2022."
We do hope so, too, and send you all our warmest greetings - stay safe and healthy!Torsten Rasch
Sports grounds have been closed all over the world.
Dear friends and ICG family,
the Executive Committee of the International Children’s Games hopes that all of you stay safe and healthy in these challenging and uncomfortable pandemic times!
As you all know the Executive Committee of the International Children’s Games has been looking forward very much to welcoming the world at the 54th International Children's Games in Kecskemét, Hungary this summer from 30th of June to 5th of July 2020.
By the end of the registration period 108 cities had confirmed their participation, an enormous number that ICG is very proud of!But this great event - like so many others - had to be cancelled as Hungarian Government and Kecskemét City Operational Body would not want to put any athlete, coach, or city representative under danger of getting infected with the coronavirus. A very reasonable and truly inevitable decission, still a sad one for everybody who had already prepared to go to Hungary!
We are now looking to the future and are hoping to celebrate International Children's Winter Games in the Olympic region of Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea which are planned to take place from 19th to 24th of February 2021.
The Winter Games will include the sports of Alpine Skiing, Freestyle Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Snowboard, Biathlon, Ice Hockey, Figure Skating and Short Track.2021 shall also see International Children's Summer Games in the Republic of Korea. The city of Daegu has been a host for the Games in 2012 and is ready to host the Games again. ICG Executive Committee is absolutely sure that both events in South Korea will be really amazing and outstanding. Please register for these Games if you haven't done so yet!
Let us all hope and work together for the end of this worldwide pandemic crisis and for another chance to meet all very soon again!
Good luck, stay healthy, and best regards,
Signing Ceremony in Kecskemét
During a festive ceremony and by signing the Host City Agreement with ICG on August 22nd the City of Kecskemét officially consented to host the 54th International Children's Games 2020.
The Committee of the International Children's Games is very much looking forward to having wonderful Summer Games next year in Hungary!
Group picture of happy Executive Committee members and members of the Pyeongchang delegation to Ufa
During the 53rd International Children's Games in Ufa, Russia, the Executive Committee of the International Children's Games has awarded the 9th International Children's Winter Games 2021 to the City of Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea.
The Games shall take place February 19-25 ... make sure to save the date!!!
Group picture with IOA President Isidoros Kouvelos and members of the ICG Executive Committee after signing the agreement
The Executive Committee of the International Children's Games is happy to announce that a Cooperation Agreement between the International Olympic Academy (IOA) and the International Children's Games (ICG) has been signed by IOA President Isidoros Kouvelos, and ICG President Torsten Rasch in Greece, April 2019.
Both parties are committed "to cooperate in order to establish mtually beneficial educational initiatives focused on Olympic matters".
Please read the full text of the
- Details Liza Kop from Alkmaar, The Netherlands, was a gold medalist in the International Children's Games 2013 in Windsor, Canada.
She is now goalkeeper of the famous soccer club Ajax Amsterdam, and only a few days ago Liza has played for the national team of The Netherlands for the first time against Poland.
The Committee of the International Children's Games wishes Liza good luck for a successful international career!