ICG present at lighting ceremony in ancient Olympia

Throughout classical antiquity the Olympic Games were held every four years in Olympia / Greece on the Peloponnese peninsula.

In modern times the Olympic Flame is lit in the ruins of the temple of Hera in this beautiful sanctuary of ancient Greece and then transported by a torch to the place where the Games are held, in 2016 Rio de Janeiro.

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The 2016 Olympic Torch Relay (Follow the Torch!) started 107 days prior to the opening of the Rio Games on April 21st. It will visit 329 towns and cities in Brazil. The Flame will travel over 20,000 km by road and 10,000 miles by air around the host country. It will be carried by 12,000 torchbearers, taking the spirit of the Olympic Games to every corner of the world’s fifth largest country.

ICG President Torsten Rasch and Nikolaos Tzanakos, Member of the ICG Committee from Patras / Greece had the honour to be present in the ceremony. You see them in the picture having a friendly chat with Mr. Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee.

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If you would like to see the whole ceremony, here's a clip on YouTube:

Former ICG participant Kylie Masse qualifies for Rio 2016 Olympics

The Committee of the International Children's Games is happy to share another ICG success story with you:

Kylie Masse from Windsor / Canada is a backstroke swimmer and former ICG participant. Kylie 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.

Only recently the 20-year-old Kylie qualified to represent Canada in the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro / Brazil in the women’s 100-metre backstroke.

She agrees that the International Children's Games was definitely a stepping stone to her success along with having access to the new Aquatic Training Centre of Windsor.

The Committee of the International Children's Games offers his congratulations and best wishes to Kyle for the Olympic Games!

Read more about Kyle in an article on "Windsor Star" online

Former Windsor ICG-participant gaining ground in becoming a national swimmer

Kylie Masse represented the city of Windsor / Canada in the International Childrens Games 2011 Lanarkshire / Scotland and 2012 Daegu / Republic of Korea.

For the second time this season, LaSalle swimmer Kylie Masse has been named OUA female athlete of the week.

A Sandwich high school grad and Windsor Essex Swim Team product, Masse helped the University of Toronto Varsity Blues capture the school’s first national title since 1996-97 at the CIS championships in Quebec City.

The 20-year-old Masse, who is a second-year kinesiology major, swept the 50-, 100- and 200-metre backstroke events and set a new CIS record in each event along with a Canadian long-course record in the 50-metre event.

Masse also won a silver medal in the 200-metre individual medley while winning gold with Toronto’s 400-metre freestyle relay team and a pair of silver medals with the 200-metre freestyle relay team and 400-metre medley relay team.

For her efforts, Masse was named CIS female swimmer of the year.

Congratulations to Marco Koch

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Picture taken from Wikipedia

At the 2015 World Aquatics Championships in Kazan, Russia former ICG participant Marco Koch from Darmstadt / Germany won the gold medal in the men's 200-metre breaststroke, becoming the first German to claim a championship title in that event.

His international swimming career started in the Cleveland International Children's Games 2004 in the United States. Together with his coach Alexander Kreisel Marco has been very successful over the years. He was a medal winner in swimming in the Coventry International Children's Games 2005, European Champion in 2013, Vice World Champion in 2014.

With the latest title of a World ChampionMarco Koch once more gave proof of his talent as a breaststroke specialist and he is now preparing for the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016.

The Committee of the International Children's Games wishes to congratulate Marco Koch on his great and wonderful success. It also gives evidence once more of the importance of youth sports events like the International Children's Games as one of the stepstones to the biggest sporting event on the planet - the Olympic Games.

ICG Alkmaar 2015

The city of Alkmaar / The Netherlands hosts the 49th International Children's Games from June 24 to 29. Alkmaar is the first city in the Benelux countries that is organising the Games.

More than 1500 athletes from about 80 cities worldwide compete in nine different sports:

  • Athletics
  • Beachvolleyball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Judo
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

You can follow this great event live at the ICG 2015 Alkmaar "Social Wall"!

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For more information ckeck out the official ICG 2015 Alkmaar Website

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Thank you, Lake Macquarie!

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The city of Lake Macquarie / Australia, was the first ever to host International Children's Games in the Southern Hemisphere. Whilst for most of the teams from 80 cities and 30 countries winter had already begun back home, summer had just started "down under".

With great hospitality and the help of hundreds of volunteers the ICG-Team of Lake Macquarie around Angela O'Brien, Jodi and Abbey Tweed, Jodie Harrison (to name only a few!), Lake Macquarie hosted an outstanding event that will always be remembered by 1.500 young athletes from around the world, and by coaches and members of the city delegations.

On our ICG-Website we would like to present you today a gallery of 80 photos that tell a little bit of the whole 'story' of the 48th International Children's Games: please, have a look! More 'stories' from Lake Macquarie will come up here on webicg.org to bridge the time until the next International Children's Games in Alkmaar, the Netherlands, from June 24-29 in 2015.

Host-City Agreement signed

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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.

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.

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

»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.«

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