New Taipei to host 2016 Children’s Games
With the International Children’s Games (ICG) being held in New Taipei City in 2016, New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (
) officially signed the agreement for hosting cities with the ICG President Torsten Rasch yesterday.
”It is a historic moment, to hold the games is definitely an honor for New Taipei City,” Chu said, when the ICT president and secretary-general arrived at the ICG preparation office in New Taipei, and visited competition areas in Xinzhuang Civil Sports Center.
Having never held a large international comprehensive sports event, New Taipei City won the right to host the 50th ICG last year. Yet this isn’t the first time Taiwan has hosted the ICG as Taipei City hosted the games in 2002 and was the first in Asia to hold the event.
With the slogan of “Be strong, be friends” this year, Chu stated that aside from sporting competitions, the city would plan various cultural activities, including festivals and night markets within the games village, to show visitors the special culture and hospitality of Taiwan.
The ICG has been held for almost half a century. As an international comprehensive sports event with representatives from over 400 different cities, the ICG aims for international youth to develop friendships and better understand different cultures. Metod Klemenc, a Slovenian sports instructor who founded the ICG, sought to promote peace and friendship through sports. He organized the first ICG in Celje, Slovenia in 1968, gathering youths between 12 and 15 to compete in sporting events.