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IOC supports 1st Children of Asia Winter Games

Date : 03 Feb 2019

Sakhalin, Russian Federation, February 3, 2019: The first Children of Asia Winter International Sports Games will get underway on Saturday, February 9, under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee.

IOC sports director Kit McConnell has informed organisers of the Sakhalin Games that the event, which will be attended by nearly 1,200 athletes aged 17 and under from 20 countries, has the support of the world Olympic body and, as such, will be allowed to use the Olympic Rings so as to promote Olympic values among the young participants.

“The Children of Asia Games has been recognised and supported by the International Olympic Committee. These Games prove that children’s competitions can be popular and be an incentive for those who are starting a career in sports or those who want to continue doing it professionally. It is from children that real athletes are made,” said the President of the Children of Asia International Sports Games, Dmitry Glushko.

With less than a week to go before the opening ceremony, athletes from 19 countries – together with Russia – are gathering in Yuzhno-Sakhalin. The foreign athletes are from Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Nepal, South Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong, Jordan, Tajikistan, Philippines, Japan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, United Arab Emirates, India, Kuwait, Syria and Armenia.

The Russian Federation will be represented by teams from Moscow, the republic of Tatarstan, the Republic of Bashkortostan, the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), the Sakhalin region, the Siberian Federal District and the Ural Federal District.

“I’m sure these Games will promote and popularise a healthy lifestyle in the region and the development of Sakhalin. I hope the athletes from the various countries will be able to appreciate the beauty of nature, the climatic conditions and enjoy the hospitality of our region,” Glushko said.

More than 1,000 volunteers and 600 judges and officials will be involved in the Games, which includes eight winter sports – mountain skiing, snowboarding, biathlon, ski races, ski jumps, figure skating, short track and ice hockey.

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