The "Geneva Games" - an event that brings people together

May 2014

The "Geneva Games" - an event that brings people together

The Geneva Games were started in 1940 to enable Swiss sportsmen and -women to take part in international level competitions in spite of the war.

They took place 12 times up until 1951. The event was relaunched in 2012 by the Geneva Sports Association, with the support of the canton of Geneva, Geneva City Council, and the Association of Geneva Municipalities. In 2014 – on 17-18 May – they were opened up for the first time to the whole of the Greater Geneva cross-border region, with new institutional partners.* They brought together 4,000 young sportsmen and -women from Greater Geneva, with a programme of 32 disciplines across 10 sites. In the future, they will take place every two years and will therefore become a regular fixture in the cross-border region’s calendar.

With the mission of bringing together the young people of the cross-border territory through sport in a friendly and positive atmosphere, they are promoting the sporting values of tolerance, fair play and exchange, while also demonstrating a concrete Europe “lived day by day”.

* The District of Nyon, the Rhône-Alpes Region, the Conseils Généraux of the Ain and Haute-Savoie Departments, the ARC Syndicat Mixte (the Regional Cooperation Assembly Joint Association) and Greater Geneva.

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