A colorful closing ceremony of the first Children of Asia Winter Games took place in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, to be the culmination of a big sports festival.
Today the First President of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) and founder of Children of Asia International Sports Games Mikhail Efimovich Nikolaev celebrates his birthday!
The Russian Olympic Committee hosted a working meeting between the President of the ROC Mr. Stanislav POZDNYAKOV with the new President of the Children of Asia Games International Committee Mr. Vladimir MAKSIMOV and Mr. Marat Bariev, Vice-President of the Committee, Deputy of the State Duma.
On November 8, 2012, within the 31st General Assembly of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) in Macau, Children of Asia Games International Committee was founded by the initiative of the OCA President His Excellency Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah.
In Moscow there was a meeting between Mr. Vladimir MAKSIMOV, President of the Children of Asia Games International Committee, and Mr. Oleg MATYTSIN, Minister of Sports of the Russian Federation.
By the Children of Asia Games International Committee founders’ decision Mr. Vladimir MAKSIMOV was elected President of the organization, before this position had been held by Mr. Dmitry GLUSHKO
"I would especially like to highlight the holding of the International Children's Games of Asia every four years. I can confidently say that the IOC will continue to support such events that encourage and encourage children and young people to engage in sports in the spirit of self-improvement, fair play and friendship". "Let me thank and congratulate the Children of Asia Games International Committee which, for more than 20 years, has been providing the young people of Asia with a unique sporting experience. Thank you for your strong support and commitment to sport and its values".
"I am amazed at the scale of Children of Asia Games, conditions in which participants train and compete. The capital of the republic was able to provide sites simultaneously for two major events - Russia – Sports Power International Forum and Children of Asia International Sports Games. All facilities correspond to international standards. Everyone feels Olympic spirit in Yakutia".
"Thanks to Children of Asia Games, the republic has made a breakthrough in development of children and youth sport, construction of sports facilities and improvement of the population. Authority of the Games is growing year by year. Not only Russia is looking forward to the upcoming edition but also countries of Asia and the whole world".
"Our large sports family has become bigger thanks to sports lovers, healthy life followers, Olympians, champions of Asia and the world for the last 20 years. Despite difficulties appearing in any case, we were able to overcome them and make Children of Asia Games a true launch pad for thousands of young athletes, give them an Olympic spirit, a sense of respect and tolerance for representatives of other nationalities and cultures. I am sure that Children of Asia Games were and will serve as a symbol of friendship, peace and the beginning of one’s Olympic path".
"The strongest young athletes from all over the Asian continent gathered again in one place. For many of them, Children of Asia Games will be the first international start in a sports career. Indeed, many athletes who began their sports career at the Children of Asia Games subsequently achieved success in sports and brought many brilliant victories to their countries".
"Children of Asia International Sports Games have become an important sports event. People all over the world respect and value these Games for their popularization of Olympic movement and development of children and youth sports. I am sure that Children of Asia Games will always develop international relations and strengthen peace, friendship and mutual understanding on Earth".
"Thousands of children from more than 20 countries have participated in these Games. Many of them connected their future with sport. They have successfully performed at Olympic Games, championships of the world and Europe. It is important that the Games contribute not only to promotion of a healthy lifestyle and Olympic principles, but also to strengthening of international cultural cooperation".