50 years of ICG

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!

Invitation to Lake Placid 2019

The city of Lake Placid and the Adirondack Region of New York State, USA, looks forward to welcoming the youth of the World in 2019!

On behalf of the city of Lake Placid, USA, Mayor Craig H. Randall has sent an official invitation to the 8th International Children's Winter Games to all International Winter Sports Friends.

The city of Lake Placid invites young athletes from cities around the globe to join them in friendly competition from January 6 to January 11, 2019.

Lake Placid will be the first United States city to host the International Children’s Winter Games. In the past the city has twice played host to the Olympic Winter Games, in 1932 and 1980. Lake Placid has a long history of international sports competition and currently hosts many international events each year.

The city of Lake Placid will offer competition for youth ages 12 to 15 in the sports of Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Cross-Country Skiing, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Ice Hockey, Snowboard, and Speed Skating (both long and short track).

In addition to sport competition, Lake Placid will offer cultural exchange events, entertainment programs and more, to help create lasting friendships and memories.

To find more information, please refer to the official ICWG Lake Placid Website. .

Congratulations to Kirsty Gilmour

Picture taken from Wikipedia
On an ad hoc basis on our website we report on the sport careers of former ICG-participants.

It is with great pleasure that we received the following information from Hugh Waters, Member of the Committtee and of the Technical Commission of ICG:

Kirsty Gilmour, who played for Team Hamilton / Scotland in 2007 in Reykjavik Iceland, has been shortlisted for the Badminton Europe Female Badminton Player of The Year 2017!

Kirsty is currently the winner of the Scottish Open and the Austrian Open!

Congratulations to Kirsty from the ICG family!

Invitations go out in February

Left to Right: James McKenna, Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) CEO; Theresa Lindsay, Lake Placid Middle School Principal; Roger Catania, Lake Placid Superintendent of Schools, Richard Smith, Secretary General of the International Children’s Games (ICG); David Gilbert, Vice President of the ICGs; Sue Cameron, Co-director of ICGs; Liz Moeller, Co-director of ICGs; Mike Pratt, President of the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA). Sitting: Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall, Torsten Rasch, President of the ICGs.

The beautiful Olympic Winter City of Lake Placid/ USA invites the children of the world to participate in International Children's Winter Games 2019 from January 6 to 11. Invitations go out in February!!!

Official press release dating from January 27, 2018:

Lake Placid, NY - In a ceremony earlier today at the Olympic Jumping Complex’s Intervale Lodge, International Children’s Games President Torsten Rasch and Lake Placid Village Mayor Craig Randall signed the letter of agreement announcing Lake Placid as the ICG host in winter 2019.

Modeled after the Olympics, the International Children’s Games were created in 1968 with the goal of promoting peace and friendship. Each year, 800 to 1000 athletes ages 12 to 15 from about 60 cities around the world, compete with their peers. The multi-sport and cultural event will take place January 6-11, 2019.

Winter sporting events include alpine, freestyle, and cross country skiing, snowboarding, biathlon, figure and speed skating and hockey. Lake Placid’s event may include winter sliding sports.

"This is a very special moment for Lake Placid and the region, and I am very honored to be be mayor at a time we can welcome the International Children’s Games to our community and region," said Mayor Randall. "This Olympic region has demonstrated many times over the years its capability of hosting events for all levels of sport," he said.

ICG President Torsten Rasch welcomed Lake Placid to the ICG family. "This is a dream come true for us today as it’s the first time the winter games will be held in a United States Olympic city", he said.

Please also read the following article: LP, Intl Children's Games share new tie at www.pressrepublican.com.

ICG 2020 awarded to Kecskemét, Hungary

View over Kecskemét

Today in a personal telephone call ICG-President Torsten Rasch informed mayor Klaudia Szemereyné Pataki of Kecskemét / Hungary about the ICG Committee’s decision to award the International Children’s Summer Games 2020 to her beautiful city.

The Committee decided unanimously – with all its votes – to accept Kecskemét’s excellent application.

All sports facilities are located within a 1 kilometer radius. The city’s relationship with International Children’s Games has grown very strong over the last twelve years since it first sent a delegation of young athletes to the Games in Coventry, England in 2005. Kecskemét’s cultural offerings, especially in music and sports, focusing young people have also been decisive factors for the successful application.

Madam Mayor Szemereyné Pataki was extremely pleased and happy about the good news: “This is a great and unique gift for Kecskemét and a perfect match for the coming holiday season!!!”

So, look forward from now on to International Children’s Games 2020 in Hungary!

A letter from Ancient Olympia

A letter from Ancient Olympia to Kaunas City

A letter sent from Efthymios Kotzas, mayor of the city of Ancient Olympia, expressing the Ancient Olympia's Municipality's "outmost appreciation and deepest gratitude for hosting our delegation during the 51st International Children's Games held 04 - 09 July 2017, in the city of Kaunas, Lithuania" came to the attention of the President and the Executive Committe of the International Children's Games.

We wish to share this document with you as it shows how International Children's Games are particularly suited for building good relations between towns and people all over the world.

Read the letter

Congratulations to Kylie Masse

Picture taken from CBC Sports

Kylie Masse who started her international swimming career in the 2009 International Children's Games in Athens / Greece as member of the City of Windsor's team from Canada is the current world champion in the 100 m backstroke and the first female Canadian swimmer to ever win a world title.

ICG is proud of her and congratulates Kylie for her outstanding results at the 2017 World Aquatics Championships in Budapest / Hungary!

Kylie also participated participated in the 2011 International Childrens's Games in Lanarkshire / Scotland receiving five medals at the time and in the 2012 International Childrens's Games in Daegu / Republic of Korea. She also won gold in the 100 m backstroke at the 2015 Summer Universiade and a bronze medal in the women's 100 m backstroke event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro / Brazil.

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