In the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Bashkortostan the first meeting of Directorate on preparation and carrying out 53rd International Children's Games which will pass in 2019 in the city of Ufa took place on December 7. According to preliminary estimates, more than one and a half thousand children of 12-15 years from around the world and also their coaches, fans and official delegations of the participating cities will take part.

The Minister of Sport of the Repubic of Bashkortostan Andrey Ivanyuta, the deputy head of administration of city district Ufa Rustem Gazizov, the member of the committee of ICG Andrey Krivosheyev took part in work of Directorate. Together with Richard Smith participants of the meeting discussed the numerous organizational matters connected with preparation and carrying out Games. In particular, subjects of logistics, accommodation of participants, competitions and awards ceremonies, a ceremonial opening and closing of ICG, acquaintance of delegations to city sights were discussed.

- We will be in touch twenty four seven, - Richard Smith told. – Carrying out Games – big and serious work. But also award for it will be special. You understand it when you see hundreds of happy youths on a sports festival under the name  International Children's Games.

ICG Ufa's presentation  will take place in the summer  2018 in the city of Jerusalem during the closing ceremony of another Games. In front of thousands of the spectators children from Israel will solemnly give ICG flag to young Ufa athletes.

We  remind, yesterday Richard Smith together with representatives of a working group met the head of administration of city district Ufa Irek Yalalov and visited sport venues of Ufa.

The first International Children's Games passed in 1968 in the Yugoslavian city of Tsele. Their founder - is slovenian  Metod Klements. Since that moment    more than 37 thousand children from 411 cities and 86 countries have participated in Games. ICG are carried out under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee.

Ufa is a permanent participant of Games since 2011. In 2013 our city already hold these large-scale competitions. Participants of Games in the capital of Bashkortostan recognized them as one of the best in the history of the International Children's Games.