The idea of uniting children who have overcome oncological illnesses through sports and physical activities is rooted back in time, several years ago. In 2007, the first International Onco-Olympiad took place in Warsaw, the capital of Poland. About 200 children competed in the Olympiad having arrived from Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and Poland. Russia was represented by seven young athletes.
In 2010, it was Russia’s turn to host guests from various countries at the First World Children’s Winners Games, another sports event for childhood cancer survivors. The Games were held June 14 – 16 at the sports stadium Locomotive, in Moscow. The celebration of life and athleticism was organized by Gift of Life in partnership with the Football Club Locomotive. Russian capital welcomed 200 children, age 7 – 16, from Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, Armenia, Latvia, Romania and Hungary. The opening ceremony was symbolically chosen to start on June 14, the international day of Blood Donors. And rightfully so: a victory over cancer is not possible without the selfless gift of blood from donors.
In the last six years, the Winners Games hosted over 1655 children from all over the vast territory of Russian Federation – from Kaliningrad to Irkutsk – and 16 countries: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Palestine, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine.