On New Year’s midnight, the ceremony of handing over the symbol of the upcoming Games took place in the main square of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Several thousand people have witnessed the bright holiday. The flame was brought to Sakhalin from Yakutia, which is the birthplace of the Games.

Outstanding athletes of the island — the torch keepers will accompany it during the relay race to be held in all districts of the region, including the Kuril Islands. The relay will cover more than 4 thousand kilometers and finish in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk on February 8 – the opening ceremony’s day of the Games.

The honorable mission is performed by: Mr. Roman TRUBETSKOY — Master of Sports of Russia, winner of Summer Children of Asia Games; Ms. Karina GLEBOVA — Master of Sports in Athletics, finalist of Summer Children of Asia Games; Mr. Ilias NURGALIYEV — Candidate Master of Sports in Athletics, winner and finalist of the Far Eastern and All-Russian competitions.

— I am glad that I had the honor to enter the history of the 1st Winter Games, to bring the flame to Sakhalin. There is a difficult road ahead of us, but thanks to the well-coordinated team, everything should go well, said Mr. Roman TRUBETSKOY.

The torch relay will be attended by 370 torchbearers — these are athletes, politicians, Games organizers and other guests of honor.

— For the island region, the upcoming Children of Asia Games is a historical sports event. Sakhalin region has proven that it can host the most prestigious sports competitions. Last year, the Russian Olympic team trained on Sakhalin slopes before the start of Pyongchang2018. And after the Children of Asia Games the region will take the hosting status for Far East Cup competitions among Asia-Pacific countries. All this demonstrates the high level of trails, sports infrastructure, — said the head of the region Mr. Valery LIMARENKO.

Children of Asia Games will be held in 8 sports: biathlon, alpine skiing, cross country skiing, ski jumping, figure skating, snowboarding, hockey, short track at 6 sports facilities of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. About 1,500 athletes from 25 countries and regions of Russia and over 600 qualified referees who meet the requirements of international sports federations will take part in the Games. 1000 volunteers will be serving the Games in 16 functional spheres.

The 1st Winter Children of Asia International Sports Games will start in the island region on February 8, 2019. They will be held under the patronage of the President of the Russian Federation Mr. Vladimir PUTIN.