Members of the ANOC Events Working Group meet in Tokyo on Monday.Council News
Date : 26 Nov 2018
Tokyo, Japan, November 26, 2018: The Chairman of the ANOC Events Working Group, OCA Vice President Timothy Fok, believes all the pieces are in place for a successful first ANOC World Beach Games in San Diego, California, next October.
Summing up a meeting of the working group in Tokyo on Monday afternoon, the IOC Honorary Member from Hong Kong, China, said: “I think we are very confident we will have a wonderful Games.
“With the support of the United States Olympic Committee and signing the TV deal with NBC, the International Federations on board and the Chefs de Mission Seminar coming up next April, I am sure this is going to create a lot of publicity in the build-up to ANOC’s first World Beach Games.
“This has been our focus for three years. We have excellent cooperation with the organising committee and now we are really feeling excited by the event which is just 10 months away.”
Mr Fok has been so impressed, in fact, that he informed the meeting that the National Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China, had aspirations of hosting the second edition in 2021.
Following the success of the OCA’s Asian Beach Games, which was established in 2008 and has held five editions through to 2016, ANOC’s World Beach Games will offer a new and dynamic presentation of beach, sea and action sports for a young generation of sports lovers.
With 17 disciplines in 15 sports taking place over five days from October 10-14, 2019, at the iconic Mission Beach, organisers are aiming to create a fun, festive and family atmosphere in which to enjoy the occasion.
Over 1,300 athletes from around 80 NOCs will be taking part, with 44 NOCs having already qualified in four sports, including 11 from Asia. The qualification period is from July 2018 to July 2019, and the Chefs de Mission Seminar for team leaders will be held from April 7-10.
ANOC Technical Director Haider Farman said the sports programme was fixed last May and that medals would be won on every day of competition. There will be no fewer than 35 medal events in total. He said the goal was 50 per cent gender equality.
Athletes will be accommodated in four, possibly five, hotels, without the need for a centralised village.
The medals will be the shape of a beach pebble rather than round, and have dolphins and other sea creatures around the perimeter of the logo.
The Secretary General of ANOC, Gunilla Lindberg, said the preparation for the Games was “full of energy” and inspiring a lot of International Federations that wanted to be a part of the attractive new event.
The first ANOC World Beach Games will be preceded by the ANOC commissions and working groups and Executive Council on October 6-8 and the General Assembly and ANOC Awards on October 9-10.
The 17 disciplines are:
*handball - beach handball
*karate – individual kata
*football - beach soccer
*tennis - beach tennis
*beach volleyball 4x4
*cycling - BMX
*sports climbing - bouldering
*skateboarding - park
*sailing - kitefoil racing
*surfing – shortboard
*surfing – longboard
*swimming – open water 5km
*waterskiing – waterski jump
*waterskiing - wakeboard
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