New Taipei to host 2016 Chil­dren’s Games

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY GRACE TING- ANN LEE

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.

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