San Diego to host first World Beach Games
San Diego will host the inaugural World Beach Games in 2017 after the general council of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) voted on Friday (Oct 30) to back the bid.
San Diego was the only candidate put forward to the general council after ANOC’s executive council selected the city ahead of interest from the Sarasota in Florida, as well as Dubai, Sochi and a possible Chinese venue.
“This is an historic moment for ANOC and the NOC family. The ANOC World Beach Games has been a key priority for nearly two years and today we took a step closer to making our vision a reality,” said ANOC president Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah.
“We were very impressed by the plan that San Diego put forward. We have worked closely with industry experts to devise an innovative concept which will blend sport, culture and entertainment and we believe that San Diego is the perfect city to deliver our vision.
“The ANOC World Beach Games will be something new and exciting that people have not seen before. It will help NOCs to reconnect with a whole generation of young people and deliver a positive and lasting legacy for the Olympic movement.”
Around 20 sports are expected to feature in the World Beach Games (scheduled to start in late September 2017) and will mainly take place on Mission Beach, with some four events being held on the downtown piers.
Beach volleyball and beach soccer are likely to be the marquee events, along with surfing, but the Games could feature three-on-three basketball as well as BMX riding and E-Sports — or video gaming.
Yes. Video gaming.
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