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22:20 | Dec 01 | 2011

Raising Champions

Sports Games "Children of Asia" entering international arena.

On October 16, in Ashgabat (Turkmenistan) the 60th meeting of the Executive Committee of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) included a ceremony of signing the Memorandum of Understanding between the Olympic Council of Asia, the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and the Russian Olympic Committee to establish an international organization "Children of Asia" International Sports Games".

The initiative to create this organization was suggested by Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabakh, the OCA President during a meeting with Dmitry Glushko, the Sakha (Yakutia) Republic Vice-President in Tokyo during the 30th General Assembly of the Council. The purpose of the this memorandum signing was to promote the further development of the international children's sports movement, the "Children of Asia" International Sports Games popularization in the name of peace, harmony and progress in countries and regions of Asia.

Memorandum of agreement
The memorandum reflects the official support for the Games from OCA and its 45 Asian participant countries. Thus, Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabakh, the OCA President, in July 2011, has sent letters to heads of Asian national Olympic committees with an appeal to take part in the "Children of Asia". The Games Organizing Committee suggests at least 30 foreign countries teams will take part in July 2012. Also the OCA delegation headed by the President is expected to arrive during the V Games. The goal of the delegates is to hold a constituent assembly to create this international organization.
As a result of the visit to Ashgabat Dmitry Glushko briefed the reporters, and noted that the signing of the memorandum and further cooperation with the OCA development play significant role for the Russian Olympic Committee, which intends to promote children's Olympic Movement to the international arena.
Birth of Asia Child Olympic Council with headquarters in Yakutsk should our sportsmen promotion at the international level and future champions targeted education. Dmitry Glushko cited the China experience, where approximately 200 children are selected from across the country and trained only to fight for medals. Normally 20% out of these young athletes are equal the hopes.

The whole of Asia will support
This time, "Children of Asia" will be broadcast wider than previously, when they were watched only within the Russian Federation. The coverage area expansion will improve the “picture”. In a word, the television broadcast will correspond to new technical requirements. Today, the negotiations are held with a Russian PR company regarding the opportunity to enter Asian TV channels. The main broadcaster in Russia - "Sakha", the National Broadcasting Company - will transmit a signal (either live or recorded), first in Moscow and then to Asia and possibly Europe. So the target audience of the Games could reach 3 billion people, and what is more importantly – the citizens of these countries will be able to cheer for their teams. "The world is getting more open, we should also strive to be open too. Sports give us great opportunities", - said Dmitry Glushko finishing the briefing.

Ready for the records
The Fifth "Children of Asia" Games are held in July, 4-16th, 2012 in Yakutsk, Mirny and Neryungri of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) in accordance with the President of the Russian Federation decision. The Games are supposed to bring together over 3000 sportsmen.
The sport level of teams will increase: now the participating countries will be required to bring the national teams. Another V Games` innovation is the participation of the Ural, Siberian and Far Eastern federal districts teams. The "Size" of their teams was limited by 145 participants. Besides the federal districts the national teams of three subjects of the federation - Bashkortostan, Tatarstan and Moscow will participate. The Olympic program includes 20 sport varieties, including swimming, sambo and wrestling among children with different categories of disability for the first time.
In Yakutia now the construction of many sports facilities is conducted including indoor sports training center for 3,000 seats, new sports complex with 50-meter swimming pool, a modern indoor soccer arena with artificial turf for 3000 spectators, the second stage of "Modugno", the sports complex with the Center of national sports. A new passenger terminal of the Yakutsk airport is being constructed.
Work is also held to ensure the venues, accommodation, catering, international press center, road transport network, panel of judges.



Springboard to the country of Olympia
International Sports Games "Children of Asia" were first held in 1996 with the initiative of Mikhail Nikolaev, the First President of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), in celebration of the modern Olympic Games 100th anniversary. Pretty soon they united not only Russian regions but many Asian and CIS countries.
Over 5 000 young athletes from 27 regions of Russia and more than 20 countries of Asia took part in the past four games. A considerable number of sports facilities and social infrastructure has been created during the previous period.
For many participants the "Children of Asia" games became one of the major sport events in life and sort of springboard into Sport. There are many examples when the Games` winners in a few years already defended the honor of their country at the Olympics and other major international championships and won prizes.
Jacques Rogge the International Olympic Committee President recognized "Children of Asia" International Sports Games as a prototype of the First Youth Olympic Games held in 2010 in Singapore. During the 30th General Assembly of the Olympic Council of Asia in Tokyo, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabakh, the President of OCA highlighted the "Children of Asia" Games importance as a preparative stage for Youth Olympic Games sportsmen. All this really proves the Games` motto: "Children of Asia - the beginning of victories".