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International Children's Games
On 5th June 1968, the first International Children's Games took place in Celje, Slovenia. On the initiative of physical education teacher, Professor Metod Klemenc, young male and female children between the age of 12 and 15 met from Belgrade (Serbia and Montenegro), Brno (Chech Republic), Celje (Slovenia), Graz (Austria), Kranj (Slovenia), Lausanne (Swiss), Trbovlje (Slovenia), Udine (Italy) and Zagreb (Croatia) for a Track and Field competition.
Sports officials from that time: Prof. Metod Klemenc from Celje, as President and Prof. Ovido Bernes from Udine, Dr. Josef List from Graz, Dr. Robert Sander from Munich, Emmanuel Braunschweig from Lausanne, and Zoran Naprudnik from Ljubljana, as members decided to establish an International Committee of the Children's Games - with the basic goal and task being - through the encouragement of sports meetings and competitions to enable the children of different countries, with their different languages, origins and outlooks - to meet at different types of sports, to practice friendship and understanding and to help to secure world peace and follow the Olympic ideals
And so the International Children's Games was born.
Since then more than 55 cities in Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia have hosted unforgettable and successful Summer- and Winter-Games. The young athletes participating in these Games came from all continents and more than 800 cities took the chance to be part of the movement. However, it is not just sports that are important in the events organized for children, they are getting acquainted with other cultures and life styles, with sightseeing tours, excursions, common events and free-time activities that are the essential part of inter-cultural learning and fellowship of the young athletes. Read more