On July 13, ethno-park Vatan held a closing ceremony of 53rd International Children’s Games.
The ceremony began with a march of sports delegations representing countries and cities participating in the 53rd International Children's Games. The procession took place from Salavat Yulaev Square along Zaki Validi Street to the bottom of the Vatan Park.
Teams from different parts of the world — Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Holland, Ireland, Israel, Kenya, Lithuania, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, Turkey and Russia took part in the parade.
The participants and guests of the 53rd International Children's Games were pleased with the bright and unforgettable performance of the Miras Folklore Ensemble of Songs and Dances.
The audience was shown the video-chronology of the sports forum, where the brightest moments of the competitions in Ufa were collected.
Then the winners of one of the main events of the Games- the football for friendship match were awarded. Judges of sports competitions and young ambassadors of Football for Friendship identified the winners - supporters of 9 program values: friendship, equality, justice, health, peace, loyalty, victory, traditions and honor. Football for Friendship is an international children's social program started by Gazprom in 2013. The match took place today at the stadium of FC «Ufa».
The participants and guests of the Games were greeted by the President of the International Children's Games Torsten Rush, the Head of Ufa Administration Ulfat Mustafin and the vice-mayor of the city of Kecskemet (Hungary) Gaal Joseph Atilla.
Thorsten Rush in his speech noted that Ufa had amazing games.
Welcoming the participants and guests of the Games Ulfat Mustafin stressed that during these days young athletes demonstrated their highest sportsmanship, morale and will to win.
Then the ceremony of transferring the title of the host of the Summer Games from Ufa to the Hungarian city of Kecskemet took place.
In turn, the vice-mayor of Kecskemet (Hungary) Gaal Joseph Atilla expressed confidence that the next 54th International Children's Games will be held at the same high organizational level as in Ufa.
After the flag and torch of the Games were solemnly handed over, Torsten Rush and Ulfat Mustafin declared the 53rd International Children's Games closed.