On Monday, 27th of October 2014, the Host-City Agreement for the next International Children's Winter Games has been officially signed in the city of Innsbruck's town hall. Innsbruck, the capital city of the federal state of Tyrol / Austria, will host around 850 young athletes aged 12 to 15 years in January 2016. More than 80 cities are invited to participate in the 7th edition of ICG Winter Games.
Tyrolian Vice Governor, Mr. Josef Geisler, and Innsbruck's Mayor, Ms. Christine Oppitz-Plörer (both in the picture above with ICG President Torsten Rasch) expressed their joy over the awarding of the International Children's Winter Games to Innsbruck as this event will underline once more Innsbruck's importance as an international sport's city.
ICG President Torsten Rasch in his statement during the signing ceremony reconfirmed that Innsbruck is known worldwide for its excellent winter sports facilities and winter sports events.
Mr. Georg Spazier, manager of innsbruck-tirol sportsgmbh, the organization which is entrusted by the city of Innsbruck with the organization and implementation of the 2016 Winter Games, pointed out the sustainable impact of such events: International Children’s Games, just as the Youth Olympic Games 2012, will generate and attract more substantial events in the region. In addition to this ICG President Torsten Rasch pointed out that
Innsbruck has been a participant city, sending delegations to International Children’s Games for ten years«, Torsten Rasch said, »and I am very happy that it will now also become a Host City for the world’s biggest student’s sports event recognized by the International Olympic Committee.
»International Children’s Games are not so much about 'winning' or 'losing' but about promoting the ideas of Fair Play, international friendship and intercultural learning, and for sure about having fun competing in olympic sports.«