The sports enthusiasts will represent 84 different cities and the dates are August 14-19. The municipality of Patras is to participate as well with road, tennis and gymnastics athletes.
Patras has been taking part in this event since 2000 and it has now become more like a tradition for the city, providing young Greek athletes with the opportunity to participate in a high level competition and gain experience and discrimination that are certainly to be proved useful in their athletic career.
The ICG also includes basketball, football, baseball, swimming and volleyball. The ICG originated in Celje, Slovenia more than 40 years ago. They were founded by Metod Klemenc, who believed that young people could develop lasting friendships and promote peace in the world through sport.
Since 1968, when the games first started, nine European cities have participated and attracted more than 37,000 young athletes from over 86 countries and 411 cities. Recognizing the calibre of athletes and the significant impact the Games have on the holistic development of youth around the world, the International Children’s Games are now conducted under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee.