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Jinjiang, 19 October 2019 – In one year to the day, the young school sport athletes will gather in Jinjiang, China, for the 18th edition of the ISF Gymnasiade School Summer Games 2020. ISF president Mr Laurent Petrynka is in Jinjiang, China for the "One year countdown to the 18th Gymnasiade" ceremony.
The ceremony is streamed live on newscctv.net and jinjiang.tv.
The ISF Gymnasiade School Summer Games 2020 will be held in Jinjiang, China, from 17-24 October 2020.
The bulletin has been released and includes the important information on how to register and participate at the ISF Gymnasiade 2020. It explains the administrative part of the delegation registration, sports competition formats (sport disciplines, categories, rules, system) and the timing (important dates on the opening and closing ceremony, and the sport competitions) of the games, the accommodation and the registration process.
ISF Gymnasiade School Summer Games 2020 will take place from 17-24 October 2020 in Jinjiang, China, beginning with the opening ceremony on 18 October and ending with an official closing on 23 October. This will be the third time Asia will host the event.
The delegations / ISF members from all over the World will have a chance to participate in 18 sport disciplines. In Jinjiang, football, badminton, basketball and table tennis, which so far have been organised as the World Schools Championships, will be included in the Gymnasiade 2020 programme. The sport agenda will also feature three new sports: jump rope, wushu and diving.
Other sports include: athletics, archery, chess, fencing, gymnastics (rhythmic, aerobic and artistic), judo, taekwondo, wrestling and swimming.
Beside the competition, the young athletes will also be engaged in various educational and cultural activities, led by the ISF Athletes and Youth Committee.
Dear Authorities, Dear representatives of the Ministry of Education, Dear Representatives of the City of Jinjiang, Dear Representatives of the Fujian Province, Dear School Sport Friends,
It is a pleasure and privilege to be with you here today for this very symbolic moment as the ISF, together with all of you engages in a new journey towards the biggest ISF Gymnasiade in its history. The strength and ambition of China to host the ISF Gymnasiade 2020 in the city of Jinjiang is contributing to the worldwide development of school sport, getting young generations to become more active and acquire leadership skills.
Being here for this Ceremony reminds me of all the faces full of happiness of the members of the Jinjiang delegation after the victory announcement was made. It seems like only yesterday. Precious moments like these are why we organise events of this type, for the youth of the world, the leaders of the future. This event, just like the tree my wife and I planted in Jinjiang during our first visit will make us all grow together and remind us of an unforgettable lifetime experience.
The ISF aims to achieve more educational, accessible, and innovative events and this Gymnasiade is clear evidence of this policy. These should not only be words or concepts as nowadays more than ever; youth want concrete actions. It is our responsibility to make this happen, and to achieve this within the context of the Olympic spirit and values as well as the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations – Agenda 2030.
Lastly, let me underline that since the very beginning, the Local Organising Committee has put a huge amount of effort in order to give us the opportunity to gather over 100 countries and more than 5000 participants for a wonderful and unique moment in ISF history. We feel honoured to be welcomed in the city of Jinjiang that has successfully developed the high-level combination of entrepreneurship and education.
Dear Friends, we will see you all in exactly one year, in October 2020 in Jinjiang to celebrate active young generations globally represented through school sport.
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