Tej and I were very excited to be selected as part of the team representing Bangalore for the Under 15 Football.
This year the games were held in Daegu, South Korea between July 13-17th. Though the team did not win, it was a tremendous experience for us and we got an opportunity to interact with players from various countries. We played well and our day was made when we heard one of the winning team coaches remark that the India boys though smaller built, played with their heart and inspired his team to do the same. The team comprising 9 players from different schools in Bangalore had undergone vigorous training at Kanteerva stadium for more than 2 months, many times missing classes in the process!
We attended our first press conference, participated in a real opening and closing ceremonies and felt very important. Living in a games village environment with thousands of athletes from other countries was a great experience.
We played against Greece, Ireland and Ghana.
Herbalife was the sponsor and the team was accompanied by our coach and 4 officials.
About the games
The International Children Games is a Global Multi Sport competition endorsed and organized under the auspicious of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The International Children Games over the past 45 years has conducted Children’s Olympics inviting children from all over the Globe.
Since 1968, 28 cities in 19 countries have organized 43 Games Summer and 4 Winter Games. Over 32,250 school children aged 12 to 15 years have taken place in organized sports contests. There have been delegations from 350 cities from 80 countries (from Europe, Asia, North and South America, Africa and Australia).
Message from the President of the International Olympic Committee
The work of the Committee of the International Children’s Games is essential for the promotion of sport and the endorsement of Olympic values. Young people are our future, and each year you offer thousands of young people the possibility to practice sport in the true Olympic spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.
Nihaal Peter George