© Children of Asia GamesCouncil News
Date : 08 Feb 2019
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russian Federation, February 8, 2019: Four countries, including Russia, have shown interest to host the 2nd Children of Asia Winter International Sports Games revealed Dmitry Glushko, a senior official on the eve of the inaugural Games.
Glushko, President, Children of Asia Games International Committee, while confirming that the Russian Federation was willing to host the next edition, too, refused to divulge the names of the other three countries stating that talks were still at a preliminary stage.
“We are at the moment talking about holding the next Children of Asia Winter Games – a date and a venue – and it would be premature for me to disclose right now who is keen to host the Games other than to confirm that Russia has also put its name forward and that these Games will be held every two years,” Glushko said.
The Children of Asia Summer Games is held once every four years since the inaugural event in 1996 and has always been held in Yakutsk, the capital of the federal Russian republic of Yakutia. The 2020 Games will be held in Mongolia, however.
“We plan to hold the Winter Games more frequently so as to encourage the development of winter sports in Asia. With Asia having held the last Winter Olympics in PyeongChang and also the next one (2022 Beijing) we felt it was time to promote winter sports in Asia,” Glushko underlined.
“The idea is also to promote Olympic values and strengthen the friendship between the children of these countries. We have 19 countries, apart from Russia and its federal districts and regions, at these Games. I’m positive there will be more countries participating at the second Winter Games,” he added.
The decision on the host city for the next Children of Asia Winter Games is expected during the Games or soon after. These Games will end on February 17.
Glushko meanwhile stated that it was a huge honour that the Sakhalin showpiece will be held under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee and is backed by the Olympic Council of Asia. It will also be held under the auspices of UNESCO.
“We are deeply grateful for all the support given to us. It is a big honour for us,” Glushko said.
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