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".
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- 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!
- Athletics/Track and Field
- Basketball (3x3)
The Committee of the International Children's Games is happy to announce that the International Children's Summer Games 2021 will be hosted by the City of Daegu, South Korea.
The decission to have Daegu as a host of International Children's Games for the second time after very succesful Games in 2012 was taken by the ICG Committee at Lake Placid, USA during the 8th Winter Games in January 2019.
The Games in Korea will take place from July 8 to July 13 2021.
Competitions will be offered in eight sports:
The Committee of the International Children's Games whishes to thank Lake Placid for having hosted the first ever International Children’s Winter Games (ICWG) in the USA.
The Games have been an incredible experience for athletes, coaches, heads of delegation, and city representatives.
With the International Children's Winter Games 2019 ICG's mission — fostering friendship and mutual understanding amongst children aged 12 to 15 from all over the world — has been fully accomplished!
We are more than happy that the wonderful city of Lake Placid, USA has become a member of the ICG family!
Great results in the conference with delegates of Taiwanese cities and the Ministry of Education in december 2018.
In the picture: ICG Executive member Fen-Fen Chang during her speech to summarise the benefits for the athletes since the first ICG-participation of Taiwan in 2001.
- Details As our friend Lina Duobaitė from the beautiful city of Kaunas / Lithuania reports, Agnė Šeleikaitė, who was a participant in the International Children's Games 2014 in Lake MacQuarie / Australia, has won a gold medal in 50 m breaststroke at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games.With her success she follows in the footsteps of another great ex-ICG particpant from Lithuana, Rūta Meilutytė.
Thanks for this great news and congratulations from the Committee of ICG to Agnė!
- Details Tseng Chun-hsin (born 2001) is a Taiwanese tennis player and member of the Chinese Taipei Davis Cup team. He has been a participant and two times gold medal winner in the International Children's Games 2016 in New Taipei City. The Committee of the International Children's Games congratulates Tseng Chun-hsin who has won two Junior Grand Slam finals this year - French Open and Wimbledon!