The 2019 Reykjavík International Games is set to be the biggest in the event’s history, with more sporting competitions showcased than ever before.
Now in its twelfth year, this major sporting event is set to take place over two weekends in Laugardalur—Reykjavik’s largest arena—at the end of January.
The event was initially created as a way to increase the competitive opportunities for Icelandic athletes, while at the same time minimising their travel costs.
The Reykjavík International Games was inspired by a children’s international sports festival held by the Reykjavik Sports Federation at Laugardalur in 2007. Later that year, the first international games for adults was held. It has been an annual event ever since.
In its infancy, the games was held during one weekend. Over the past 7 years, however, it has expanded into a two-weekend event. International attendance has also grown exponentially with the number of visiting competitors upwards of 600 in recent years.
The games will begin on January 24 and take place over two weekends, closing on February 6. The competition is one of the largest of its kind in Iceland and caters to a multitude of disciplines with at least 19 different sports. Athletes and spectators will be able to enjoy a wide range of events including; rhythmic gymnastics, olympic weightlifting, taekwondo, swimming, dance and even e-sports.
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In conjunction with the festival, a conference on Sport and Violence will be held by such bodies as The Reykjavik Sports Union, The National Olympic and Sports Association of Iceland, Reykjavík City, The Youth Association of Iceland and Reykjavík University.
The conference is to begin on Wednesday January 30 at Reykjavik University. The day-long conference will cover topics including; Gender based violence in sport, the positive effects of sport in Iceland, sports from the viewpoint of children’s rights and vulnerable populations in sport.
The organising committee have also arranged workshops on the 31st of January at the sports centre in Laugardalur Valley. The workshops will be geared towards people who work in sport and focus on issues such as creating a safe space among competitors and better strategies for recognising the needs of athletes.
Tickets for the festival, conference and workshops are available at tix.is
It is important to check the program of the conference ahead of time as some of the presentations will be presented in Icelandic. For more information head to the Reykjavík International Games official website. www.rig.is/en/