Congratulations to Marco Koch

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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.«

Former ICG gold winners successful

The Committee of the International Children's Games congratulates three former ICG participants who won medals at the 2014 European Aquatics Championships (13 to 24 August 2014) in Berlin, Germany and in The Second Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China (16 to 28 August 2014)!

Yannick Lebherz from Darmstadt, Germany, ICG winner in Taipei and Cleveland, won a gold medal in the 4x200m freestyle relay.

Marco Koch, also from Darmstadt, Germany, and ICG winner in Coventry Games, won a gold medal in 200m breaststroke with a new German and Championship Record of 2:07,47 minutes.

And also Rūta Meilutytė from Kaunas, Lithuania, coming directly from The Second Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China (16 to 28 August 2014), where she finished with two gold medals in 50m and 100m breaststroke was successful again in the 50m breaststroke final in Berlin, winning a gold medal with a time of 29,89 seconds.

Rūta Meilutytė has now completed the Aquatic Grand Slam, which requires to win gold medal in swimming events at Olympic Games, Youth Olympic Games, FINA World Senior (long-course and short-course) and Junior Championships, Swimming World Cup, European Youth and Senior Championships.

Presidential Visit in Ufa / Russia

During the 4th annual Technical Commission Meeting in Ufa, Russia from August 14-20, 2014, ICG Vice President Igor Topole, Secretary General Richard Smith and Technical Commission Chairman Zlatko Kauran, had the honor of meeting the President of the Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia, Mr. Rustem Khamitov.

The purpose of the meeting was to bring a letter from ICG President Torsten Rasch stating his approval of the offer from Ufa, Russia to host Summer Games in 2019.

President Khaminov stated that this would be positively discussed in the very near future and the ICG would receive an answer very soon. Also attending the meeting were Irek I. Yalalov, Mayor of the City of Ufa and the Minister of Sports for the Republic of Bashkortostan, Andre Ivanyuta.

The meeting ended after 30 min. with very friendly "do svidaniya" as seen in the picture.

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The Meeting of the Technical Commission (TC) was very successful in the future planning of the operation of the TC, especially for Lake Macquarie (Summer Games 2014), Alkmaar (Summer Games 2015) and Innsbruck (Winter Games 2016). Attending were Igor Topole, Zlatko Kuran, Avi Benbenisti, Anatoliy Kolomoyets, Ladislav Pepelnik, Hugh Waters, Andrey Krivosheev (who expressed his interest to help with the TC) and Richard Smith.

ICG receives Fair Play Trophy

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The Committe of the International Children's Games is proud to announce that ICG has been awarded a Willi Daume World Fair Play Trophy in the category Promotion of Fair Play.

The price was specifically awarded

for the exemplary achievement in the worl of sport and on the field of promoting fair play during the Summer Children Games 2013 in Windsor, Canada

The World Fair Play Trophy was given to ICG on July, 19 in Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan.

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