Opening of ICG Exhibition Room at the Celje Regional Museum
Fifty years ago, on the 5th of June 1968, the first International Children's Games ever were held in Celje / Slovenia.
It was on the idea and the initiative of physical education teacher Profesor Metod Klemenc that young male and female athletes, aged 12 to 15 years, from nine different European cities met in Celje for a Track and Field competition which evolved into a global movement that serves to advance the cause of peace and understanding for youth through sport and that is nowadays recognized and supported by the International Olympic Committee.
The ICG jubilee - with Metod Klemenc, "Father of the Games", being present - started with the unveiling of a tablet commemorating the first International Children's Games at the very place of the event in 1968 .
In a dignified ceremony at the Celje Regional Museum ICG President Torsten Rasch together with the Mayor of Celje, Bojan Šrot, and other jubilee-speakers traced the development of International Children's Games from the beginning to the present day.
During the ceremony a fantastic new publication was presented: you can now read all about ICG's fabulous history in a book!, and - moreover - you can find a whole exhibition room in the Celje Regional Museum dedicated only to ICG showcasing many interesting items of ICG like medals, torches, photography and presents from host cities from all five continents.
Last but not least a special ICG stamp was presented to the public by the Celje Philatelic and Numismatic Club.
A wonderful day for everyone present from the great ICG family!