Children of Asia International Sports Games
Children of Asia International Sports Games are held every four years since 1996 under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee, and embrace the entire Asian continent. in the Sakha Republic (Yakutia). The Games were organized on the initiative of the first President of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) Mikhail Nikolayev to commemorate the Centennial of the modern Olympic Games. The mission of the Games is to raise awareness of Olympic movement ideas, promote sports among children and young people, and enhance international cooperation in sports domain. Children of Asia Games envisage a comprehensive sports, educational, and social event aspiring to enhance mental, physical, and social qualities of the younger generation, fostering respect for themselves and others, teaching ethical values, tolerance, and responsibility through promotion of popular sports and healthy and active lifestyle.
- Sports Wrestling
- Artistic Gymnastics
- Rhythmic Gymnastics
- Track and Field Athletics
- Mas Wrestling
- Table Tennis
- Trap Shooting
- Yakut Jumps
The Children of Asia International Sports Games are held every four years since 1996 in the Sakha Republic (Yakutia). The Games were organized on the initiative of the first President of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) Mikhail Nikolayev to commemorate the Centennial of the modern Olympic Movement. As noted by the President of the International Olympic Committee Jacques Rogge the Games served as a prototype of the Youth Olympic Games. In their essence the Children of Asia Games remind similar youth sports forums and the ‘adult’ Olympic Games, but of smaller scale. The Games give young athletes of Asia a chance to meet at sports venues, to embrace the spirit of international friendship, respect and tolerance to their counterparts.
A large number of sporting venues have been involved in the Games together with the Athletes Village. For each edition of the Games the Organizing Committee provides a special information and transport network, as well as security system.
The mottos of the Games ‘From Friendship in Sports to Peace on Earth’ and ‘Children of Asia – Beginning of Victories’ refer not only to the core sports competitions but also to various creative festivals for children and youth. It completely corresponds to the plans of Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games. The Organizing Committee also prepares a rich and exciting cultural program during each edition of the Games.
Children of Asia International Sports Games stand out among other similar events because their initiator and organizer is a region of the Russian Federation which has neither own National Olympic Committee nor membership in any sports organization.
The Games are held with full support of the President and the Government of the Russian Federation, Olympic Council of Asia, Russian Olympic Committee, Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation, and the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Children of Asia International Sports Games is the only sports event of Russia (except for the Moscow Olympics in 1980 and the last Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014) which is held under patronage of the International Olympic Committee. In 2012 the UNESCO also announced its patronage to the Games.
Children of Asia host cities
1996 Yakutsk. 1st Children of Asia International Sports Games
2000 Yakutsk. 2nd Children of Asia International Sports Games
2004 Yakutsk. 3rd Children of Asia International Sports Games
2008 Yakutsk, Mirny, Neryungri. 4th Children of Asia International Sports Games
2012 Yakutsk, Mirny, Neryungri. 5th Children of Asia International Sports Games
2016 Yakutsk. 6th Children of Asia International Sports Games
2020 Ulaanbaatar, 7th Children of Asia International Sports Games
1st Children of Asia International Sports Games
The 1st Children of Asia International Sports Games were held on August 9–16, 1996 in Yakutsk. Games featured 8 disciplines (Boxing, Freestyle Wrestling, Judo, Athletics, Draughts, Table Tennis, Archery, Chess) and enjoyed participation of more than 250 young athletes from Kazakhstan, China, Republic of Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Thailand, the Agin Buryat Autonomous Area, Buryatia, Tyva, and Yakutia, who competed for 224 medals.
Among Yakutian participants of the 1st Games boxer Georgy Balakshin became Russian champion for five times, and European champion three times. He participated in the Athens Olympics and Beijing Olympics. Among Olympic freestyle wrestlers who graduated from the Children of Asia Games are Asian champion and World University champion Leonid Spiridonov, and bronze medalist of the World Championship, champion of Russia Alexander Kontoev. Gavril Kolesov became six-time world champion in Russian checkers.
Tuymada Stadium, 50 Let Pobedy Sports Palace, Elley Botur Ice Arena, International Terminal of the Yakutsk Airport all were constructed as part of preparation for the Games in 1996.
2nd Children of Asia International Sports Games
The 2nd Children of Asia International Sports Games were held on August 4–13, 2000 in Yakutsk. They brought together 1,178 young athletes from 23 regions of Russia and 13 foreign teams (Bangladesh, Vietnam, India, Kazakhstan, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Philippines, and Japan).
Athletes competed for 129 sets of medals in 16 disciplines (Basketball, Boxing, Khapsagai wrestling, Volleyball, Freestyle Wrestling, Judo, Athletics, Mas Wrestling (stick pulling), International Draughts, Table Tennis, Northern Multiathlon, Artistic Gymnastics, Sports Dance, Archery, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Chess, and Yakut Jumps).
New sporting venues such as Dolgun Swimming Pool and Indoor Track of Yunost Stadium were commissioned in Yakutsk. Besides, Yakutsk State University’s brand new Natural Sciences Building and a 1,500 bed dormitory were put into operation by the beginning of the 2nd Games.
3rd Children of Asia International Sports Games
The 3rd Children of Asia International Sports Games were held on July 23–30, 2004 in Yakutsk. 1,509 young athletes represented 11 countries (Armenia, Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, China, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Thailand, and Turkey) and 26 regions of the Russian Federation. Athletes competed for 270 sets of medals in 17 disciplines (Basketball, Boxing, Freestyle Wrestling, Volleyball, Judo, Athletics, Mas Wrestling, Draughts, Table Tennis, Powerlifting, Artistic Gymnastics, Sports Dances, Taekwondo, Football, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Chess, and Yakut Jumps).
The following facilities were constructed as part of preparation for the Games: new residential building and canteen of Yakutsk State University, Yunost Stadium, the only State Circus in the Far North capable to accommodate 800 spectators, and a four-star Polar Star Hotel.
4th Children of Asia International Sports Games
The 4th Children of Asia International Sports Games were organized and held under the patronage of the IOC on July 3–13, 2008 in 18 dicsiplines and embraced three cities of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia).
City of Yakutsk hosted competitions in Basketball (boys), Boxing, Volleyball (boys, girls), Freestyle Wrestling, Judo, Athletics (including Yakut Jumps), Mas Wrestling, Powerlifting, Artistic Gymnastics, Archery, Taekwondo, Football, Draughts, Chess and Shooting (promotional event).
City of Mirny hosted Rhythmic Gymnastics, Football and Dance Sport.
City of Neryungri hosted competitions in Basketball (girls) and Table Tennis.
For the first time the program of the Games included Basketball and Freestyle Wrestling among girls, and Shooting as a promotional event.
Athletes from 16 foreign countries and 27 regions of the Russian Federation took part in the competitions with total number of team members making 3,038 people, from which 949 guests were from Asian countries, and 2,089 – from regions of Russia.
Neryungri saw commissioning of a new roofed stadium; new Kimberlit Sports Center and Triumph Stadium were built in Mirny. A range of existing facilities was renovated in these cities.
5th Children of Asia International Sports Games
Upon an order of the RF President on July 4–6, 2012 the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) hosted ‘Russia – Country of Sports’ International Forum, in the framework of which the 5th Children of Asia International Sports Games were held in Yakutsk, Mirny and Neryungri on July 4–16, 2012. The Games were held under the auspices of UNESCO, IOC, and enjoyed full support of the Olympic Council of Asia and Russian Olympic Committee.
The Games hosted a total of 2,042 participants within 34 teams, including 455 coaches and representatives and 1,587 athletes, of which 1,010 came from 26 Asian countries (237 coaches and representatives and 773 athletes), and 1,032 (8 teams) from the Russian Federation (218 coaches and representatives and 814 athletes).
Athletes competed for 292 sets of medals; athletes from 27 teams out of 34 took prize-winning places. The following teams came first by medal count: Team-1 of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) – 101 medals, Siberian Federal District – 87 medals, and Kazakhstan – 70 medals. 186 facilities were involved in the Games, including: 15 competition venues, 26 training venues, 62 accommodation venues, 71 catering venues, 12 venues for the business program.
Preparation for the 5th Games in 2012 was carried out at a much larger scope and scale. Four large sports venues were put into operation in Yakutsk before the Games: Triumph Sports Arena with 3,000 seats, Dokhsun Football Arena, Cholbon Swimming Pool, second building of Modun Center for National Sports, and the new passenger terminal of Yakutsk Airport.
Traditionally, the Games enjoyed an extensive publicity support: • In preparation for the 5th Games press conferences were held in the leading Russian news agencies in Moscow, Sochi, Saransk, as well as in the Federal Districts (Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Khabarovsk), and abroad;
• Press tours in Yakutia for federal, regional, and foreign journalists.
• During the 5th Children of Asia ISG the press center of the Games prepared and published over 200 information materials.
• With the participation of the press center volunteers more than 10 press conferences were prepared to summarize the 5th Children of Asia ISG.
6th Children of Asia International Sports Games
The 6th Children of Asia International Sports Games were held on July 5–17, 2016 in the city of Yakutsk. The participants will be arriving on July 5 and departing on July 17. The opening gala ceremony was held in the evening on July 6, and closing ceremony - on July 16. Competitions in all disciplines were held in Yakutsk.
· Brunei Darussalam
· Far Eastern Federal District
· United Arab Emirates
· Republic of Bashkortostan
· Republic of Korea
· Sakha Republic (Yakutia)
· Republic of Tatarstan
· Siberian Federal District
· Ural Federal District
The Games Emblem
The emblem of the 4th Children of Asia International Sports Games represents a composition including an arch formed by four dark blue lines with a yellow circle in the center, and three wavy lines of blue, red and green, horizontally crossing the dark blue lines below the circle. The logo is similar to the flag of Yakutia: blue background, a white circle in the middle, and three lines in the bottom: green, red, and white.
Asia is such a large continent, so multi-faceted and contrasting in terms of history, culture and climatic conditions, that it is difficult to generalize it in one concept. Therefore, ‘A’ letter shape was taken as basis of the composition, which brings together all the inhabitants of the vast Asian continent. The yellow circle represents a generalized color of Asia and the sun, which rises in the East. Dark blue radiant arching lines resemble a running track and symbolize winning streak from smaller sports to victories at the biggest arenas in the world. Wavy horizontal lines symbolize the motto of the Olympic movement: ‘Faster! Higher! Stronger!’
The Mascot of the Games
The mascot of the IV Children of Asia International Sports Games was a Little Mammoth (‘Mamontyonok’ in Russian) with a torch in his right paw; the torch has five tongues of fire colored blue, black, red, yellow and green - colors of the Olympic emblem. Little Mammoth is wearing a Gold Medal of the 4th Children of Asia International Sports Games. Mamontyonok is wearing a fur vest. For each sports discipline the mascot was dressed accordingly.
Following the meeting of the jury, a Foal, a Little Mammoth, and a Fawn were selected as official mascots of 6th CAISG. Each of the three mascots is assigned its own set of sports: Foal is responsible for team disciplines (volleyball, basketball, football), Little Mammoth – for combat sports (sports wrestling, judo, mas wrestling), and Fawn – for disciplines where accuracy matters (archery, checkers, table tennis).
Partners of the Games
· ALROSA PJSC
· SURGUTNEFTEGAS OJSC
· RIK OJSC
· MegaFon OJSC
· Almazy Anabara OJSC
· Yakutskenergo OJSC
· Sberbank of Russia OJSC
· Almazergienbank JSCB OJSC
· Nike and others
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