International Children's Games

International Children's Games
Status active
Genre sporting event
Frequency annual (summer)
Location(s) various
Inaugurated 1968 (1968) (summer)
Organised by IOC

The International Children's Games (ICG) is an International Olympic Committee-sanctioned event[1] held every year where children from cities around the world and between the ages of 12 and 15 participate in a variety of sports and cultural activities.


The Slovenian sports instructor Metod Klemenc founded the International Children's Games in 1968 with the aim of promoting peace and friendship through sports to the world's youth. He organised the first International Children's Games and Cultural Festival in 1968 with the participation of teams from nine European cities.

Since that time, 37,000 children aged 12 to 15 have been in competition at 47 Summer Games and 6 Winter Games. 411 different cities, 86 countries and all 5 continents have participated. The International Children's Games and Cultural Festival has become the world's largest international multi-sport youth games, and is a recognised member of the International Olympic Committee.

The next edition of the International Children's Games will be the Winter edition held in Lake Placid, United States from January 6 to 11, 2019.


Summer Games

GamesYearHost CityHost Nation
11968Celje Yugoslavia
21970Udine Italy
31972Graz Austria
41974Murska Sobota Yugoslavia
51974Darmstadt West Germany
61976Murska Sobota Yugoslavia
71976Geneva  Switzerland
81978Ravne na Koroskem Yugoslavia
91980Lausanne  Switzerland
101982Darmstadt West Germany
111983Troyes France
121983Murska Sobota Yugoslavia
131984Geneva  Switzerland
141985Granollers Spain
151986Lausanne  Switzerland
161987Graz Austria
171988Szombathely Hungary
181989Andorra Andorra
191990Uzgorod Soviet Union
201991Bratislava Slovakia
211992Geneva  Switzerland
221993Darmstadt Germany
231994Hamilton, Ontario Canada
241994Slovenj Gradec Slovenia
251995Celje Slovenia
261996Sopron Hungary
271997Sparta Greece
281998Logroño Spain
291999Medias Romania
301999Velenje Slovenia
311999Český Krumlov Czech Republic
322000Hamilton Canada
332001Szombathely Hungary
342002Płock Poland
352002Taipei Chinese Taipei
362003Graz Austria
372003Patras Greece
382004Cleveland United States
392005Coventry United Kingdom
402006Bangkok Thailand
412007Reykjavík Iceland
422008San Francisco United States
432009Athens Greece
442010Manama Bahrain
452011Lanarkshire United Kingdom
462012Daegu South Korea
472013Windsor, Ontario Canada
482014Lake Macquarie Australia
492015Alkmaar Netherlands
502016New Taipei Chinese Taipei
512017Kaunas Lithuania
522018Jerusalem Israel
532019Ufa[2] Russia
542020Kecskemét[3] Hungary

Winter Games

GamesYearHost CityHost Nation
11994Ravne na Koroskem Slovenia
21995Prakovce and Helcmanovce Slovakia
31999Maribor Slovenia
42009Montreux and Vevey  Switzerland
52011Kelowna Canada
62013Ufa Russia
72016Innsbruck Austria
82019Lake Placid United States

See also


  1. "Children's Games ceremony to take place in Lanarkshire". BBC News Scotland. Glasgow: BBC. 4 August 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2011.
  2. "Летние Международные детские игры 2019 года пройдут в Уфе". Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  3. User, Super. "ICG 2020 awarded to Kecskemét, Hungary". Retrieved 21 April 2018.
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