About the Games

The International Children’s Games (ICG) is the largest multi-sport youth games in the world and is a recognised member of the International Olympic Committee. Approximately 1,500 athletes between 12 and 15 years of age, and their coaches, participate in this prestigious event each year.

Where the games began

The ICG goes back to the Cold War in 1968, when a physical education teacher living in Slovenia (then part of Yugoslavia) had a vision to encourage peace and goodwill amongst children of different cultural backgrounds.

From the inagural games in which nine towns took part, the ICG has grown to an impressive event, with more than 400 cities from five continents participating and embracing the original ideas to promote peace and understanding.

Learn more about the history of the International Children's Games.

News Archive

The International Children’s Games is a true global village, where spirited competition thrives, and peace, tolerance, fairness and integrity live.

Richard Smith
General Secretary of the
International Children’s Games