PHOTOS: Games that will never make it to the 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 who 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 and 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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In the Dereig refugee camp in Darfur, this little boy has found a way to have fun using a homemade hoop. (Photo: Jon Warren/World Vision)

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Children in India spend their recess playing "kabaddi," a type of tag game. (Photo: Jon Warren/World Vision)

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In between the end of the school day and starting homework, 12-year-old Tri and friends play marbles in the Quang Ngai province of Vietnam. (Photo: Le Thiem Xuan/World Vision)

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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. (Photo: Nikki Denholm/World Vision)

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Maggie, a World Vision sponsored child in Zambia, jumps high in the air as she and her friends play a game known as "Wider." (Photo: Collins Kaumba/World Vision)

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Moussa, an 11-year-old boy in Zambia, skips and leaps into the air just for the fun of it. (Photo: Jon Warren/World Vision)

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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. (Photo: Jon Warren/World Vision)

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    It is nice to learn what the game of kabaddi is because I'm a sponsor of a girl from India and she had mentioned it and I've read it in the information of children I've tried finding sponsors for (as a child ambassador). What amazing photos these are!!!!!

    So glad you liked the photos, Victoria! Fun that you were able to learn something about your sponsored child's life through this post!

    - Lindsey, WV Staff

    Wow!! Awesome pictures! True, they cannot come in Olympics. :)

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