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17:59 | Feb 17 | 2012

The way to championship

International Sports Games “Children of Asia” is a unique social project in Yakutia.

In 1996, the year of celebration of the 100th anniversary of the modern Olympic Games, the First International Sports Games “Children of Asia” were held in Yakutsk on the initiative of the first President of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) Mikhail Nikolaev. Since then, the Games are held every four years; their participants are young athletes from Asia and Asian regions of Russia. A number of them became champions of Russia, Europe and World; some were participants and winners of Olympic Games in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.

The Sakha Republic (Yakutia) is conducting the Games in order to strengthen the ideas of Olympism and international sports cooperation. The main objectives are strengthening the friendship between the children of the Asian continent and Russia, increasing sporting skills, identifying the strongest sportsmen for Asian continent and Russia’s Olympic teams reserve training, developing and promoting sports for disabled children.
Apart from sports, “Children of Asia” Games provide an extensive cultural program. The International Children's Circus Festival “Mamontyonok” (Baby Mammoth) and international creative competitions of different kinds are traditionally organized as part of the Games. International scientific conferences, which give considerable impetus to the development of children's sport and its scientific support, are being held.
The highest level of organization and the success of the four international games “Children of Asia” drew great response not only from the subjects of multiethnic Russia, but also from many Asian countries. The International Sports Games gained the patronage of the President of the Russian Federation, UNESCO and of the International Olympic Committee for three times. The Olympic community has played a significant role in the development of the Games and improved their international standing. It is ISG “Children of Asia” that became the prototype of the World Youth Games, which took place in Singapore in 2010, and this fact was officially recognized by IOC President Jacques Rogge.
International Sports Games “Children of Asia” were presented at sessions of the Olympic Council of Asia and received the support of this world's largest sports organization.
The Games are held in collaboration with the Olympic Committee of Russia, the Ministry of Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education and Science.

As it was
The First Games “Children of Asia”
were held in Yakutsk in 1996. The competitions in eight kinds of sports were attended by 250 young athletes from seven Asian countries and 4 regions of Russia. The stadium “Tuymaada”, Sports Palace “50 Years of Victory”, Ice Palace “Elley Bohotur” and the international terminal “Tuymaada” were built thanks to the Games of 1996 in Yakutsk.

In 2000, during the Second Games “Children of Asia” the number of participants has increased more than five times: 1178 young athletes from 13 foreign countries and 23 regions of Russia competed already in 16 kinds of sports. New sports facilities: the swimming pool “Dolgun” and the athletics arena “Yunost” appeared in the capital of Yakutia, the new campus of the natural sciences faculties and the 1,500 person dormitory of the Yakutsk State University were commissioned by the beginning of the Games.

The Third International Games “Children of Asia” of 2004 were attended by 1506 athletes from 14 foreign countries and 27 regions of the Russian Federation; the participants competed in 17 kinds of sports. The new residential campus and the dining hall of the Yakutsk State University, the Stadium “Yunost”, the only in the Far North 800-seat State Circus and the four-star “Polar Star” hotel were constructed.

The Fourth Games “Children of Asia” were held in 2008 in three cities of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia): Yakutsk, Mirny and Neryungri. They were attended by 1854 young athletes from 16 foreign countries and 27 regions of the Russian Federation, who disputed the pas in 18 kinds of sports. The indoor stadium in Neryungri, the sports complex “Kimberlite” and the stadium "Triumph" in Mirny were constructed and the existing sports facilities were completely renovated.

As it will be
The Fifth International Sports Games “Children of Asia” will be held
in the cities of Yakutsk, Mirny and Neryungri of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) in July 2012. Over 3,000 young athletes and their coaches, honored guests and sports leaders will take part in the Games. The program of the Games includes 20 sports.
20 foreign countries are planning to participate. At the Games the Russian Federation will be presented by picked teams of the Far Eastern and Siberian Federal Districts, the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) and Moscow, Tatarstan and Bashkortostan.
The construction of the major objects, which will accommodate the participants of the V International Sports Games “Children of Asia”, has begun; the most ambitious objects are “Center for Sports Training” (a 3,000-seat sports and entertainment complex), a Swimming Pool, an Indoor football arena with artificial turf, the second stage of the sports complex “Modun” and the passenger terminal of the airport of Yakutsk.