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Games That Will Never Make It To The Olympics

Posted: 07/26/2012 12:49 pm

This blog is part of a series organized by The Huffington Post and the NGO alliance InterAction around the London 2012 Olympics.

Every two years, the world waits in anticipation for the Olympic Games. It is the height of athleticism, competition, and pride in one's country. For athletes that compete in the games -- this event can be the realization of dreams or the disappointment of a lifetime.

All of this fanfare, built around games.

While the Olympics represent the upper echelon of games, for many, games are simply a way to pass the time, connect with others and have fun. The Olympics utilize the best in facilities and technology, but many games for people in developing nations involve found objects, a heavy dose of creativity and ingenuity. These games will never make it to the Olympics -- and that's okay. The joy they bring to their participants is worth more than a gold medal.


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  • Darfur

    In the Dereig refugee camp in Darfur, this little boy has found a way to have fun using a homemade hoop.

  • India

    Children in India spend their recess playing "kabaddi"- a type of tag game.

  • Vietnam

    In between the end of the school day and starting homework, 12 year old Tri and friends playing marbles in the Quang Ngai province of Vietnam.

  • Tanzania

    In Tanzania, Paulina and her brother Lameck have made a game by digging small holes in the ground and moving rocks from space to space.

  • Zambia

    Maggie, a World Vision sponsored child in Zambia, jumps high in the air as she and her friends play a game known as ìWiderî.

  • Zambia

    Moussa, an eleven year old boy in Zambia, skips and leaps into the air just for the fun of it.

  • Ghana

    In Ghana, a group of children make chores seem a little less like work by joking as they walk several miles to fetch water from a pond near their village.