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About ICG

From the first International Children’s Games in June 1968 in Celje, Slovenia, to the first winter games to be hosted outside of Europe in Kelowna 2011, there has been a single purpose: to promote peace and understanding between peoples. Youth from all over the world, in the context of a sports event dedicated to them, are called to meet each other and become friends, representing their countries and cultivating feelings of friendship and solidarity.

The great games dedicated to children were born from the vision of a sports instructor, the Slovenian Metod Klemenc, who wanted to use sports to send out a message of reconciliation and solidarity capable of reaching every corner of the globe.

In the 40 plus years of their history, the Games have managed to achieve the dream of their creator, bringing together children from all over the world every year. With more than 32,000 children from every continent of the planet having taken part in the Games, strong friendships have been created, and different cultures have come one step closer together, opening up new horizons for all those who take part.

More than 1,500 athletes from all over the world take part in the events every year. To date there have been 40 summer and 3 winter events in 20 different countries: Andorra, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine, and the USA. In total, representatives from 332 different towns and 74 countries have taken part.

Committee of the International Children’s Games

Message of greeting from the President of the International Olympic Committee,
Dr Jacques Rogge

Dear Friends,

The work of the Committee of the International Children’s Games is essential for the promotion of
sport and the endorsement of Olympic values.

Young people are our future, and each year you offer thousands of young people the possibility to
practise sport in the true Olympic spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.

The very encouraging development of your Games and the growing participation from cities and
countries worldwide illustrate the universality of the sports movement and the important
contribution it can make to a more peaceful society.

On behalf of the Olympic Movement, I should like to congratulate you on all the achievements of
the past and wish you all the best for future Games.

Dr Jacques Rogge, IOC President