ANOC and the Indonesian Olympic Committee Announce Bali to Host the 2023 ANOC World Beach Games, August 13-15

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ANOC and the Indonesian Olympic Committee announced today that Bali will host the world’s best beach and water sports athletes for the second edition of the ANOC World Beach Games from August 5-12, 2023. After the Games ANOC Beach Championships, the iconic Indonesian island will also host the XXVII ANOC General Assembly from August 13 to 15, 2023.

Editor’s note: Beach wrestling will be contested again at the 2023 ANOC World Beach Games.

The October 2021 ANOC General Assembly approved Indonesia as the host country for the 2023 ANOC World Beach Games and an ANOC technical group has been working closely with the Indonesian Olympic Committee ever since. Following the success of the inaugural edition in Doha, Qatar, in 2019, the ANOC World Beach Games will once again be open to all National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and provide an opportunity to connect through exciting new sports, new stars and a new generation of sports fans.

More than 1,200 athletes from 97 NOCs competed at Qatar 2019 and similar global participation is expected next year in Bali. The Games will be a celebration of beach and water sports and will include the ten core program disciplines – Aquathlon, Beach Handball, Beach Soccer, Beach Tennis, Beach Volley 4×4, Beach Waterpolo, Beach Wrestling, Individual Kata, Expression Kitesurfing and 5km open water swimming – as well as additional disciplines proposed by the organizing committee, to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Acting ANOC President Robin Mitchell said:

“We are delighted to confirm that Bali will host the second edition of the ANOC World Beach Games. Bali has some of the most breathtaking beaches in the world, which will provide the ultimate backdrop for spectacular sporting competition in 2023. We are grateful to the Indonesian government and the Indonesian Olympic Committee for their partnership and cooperation. We look forward to working with them over the next 15 months to deliver an unforgettable event.

Indonesian Olympic Committee President Raja Sapta Oktohari said:

“We are proud to push and promote Indonesia on the world stage. At a historic time for Indonesia’s sports revival, we are leveraging our investment in the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games and ensuring a legacy of sustained sports development across the country. It is with great pride that we invite our NOC family with our legendary hospitality, in the most beautiful of settings. Combining exciting new sports with engaging a new sports fanbase is at the heart of what the Indonesian Olympic Committee wants to generate.

“I would like to thank ANOC and its team for entrusting us with the second edition of the ANOC World Beach Games, as well as the XXVII ANOC General Assembly, which will see the 206 NOCs represented on the sunny shores of bali. We look forward to welcoming the world to Indonesia. See you in Bali, 2023!

ANOC Secretary Gunilla Lindberg added:

“Athletes, NOCs and International Federations are eager to find out where and when the next Games will take place and I am confident that Bali will be a very popular choice. Part of what makes the ANOC World Beach Games so special is that they combine elite sport with the fun and lifestyle of beach culture. Together with our Indonesian partners and international federations, we are delighted to offer a sustainable and profitable celebration of world-class sport in harmony with one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Sustainability is embedded in the DNA of the ANOC World Beach Games; with sustainability and environmental protection integrated into the Games concept, communications and community initiatives. The ANOC World Beach Games Bali 2023 will strive to minimize its impact on the environment and leave a positive legacy for the local community. Of particular note is that Bali successfully hosted the first-ever Asian Beach Games in 2008 and has the necessary existing infrastructure that aligns it perfectly with ANOC’s sustainability philosophy.

ANOC is delighted to build on the success of the ANOC World Beach Games Qatar 2019, which saw six days of fantastic competition in 13 exciting youth-focused sports. Spain finished top of the medal table with 7 golds and 10 medals in total, while Brazil came second with 5 golds and 12 in total. Italy finished third with 4 gold medals and 6 overall. A total of 40 NOCs won medals at the Games demonstrating the accessibility of beach sports and the extent of quality across the world.

Editor’s note: The United States had a World Beach Games medalist in 2019, Shauna Kemp in the women’s division.

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