Lausanne, Switzerland, June 10, 2022: ANOC and the Indonesia Olympic Committee announced on Friday, June 10 that Bali will host the second ANOC World Beach Games from August 5-12, 2023. The Games will be followed by the XXVII ANOC General Assembly from August 13-15.
The ANOC General Assembly in October 2021 approved Indonesia as host country of the ANOC World Beach Games 2023 and an ANOC Technical Group has since then worked closely with Indonesia NOC.
After 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 and will 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 will be expected next year in Bali.
The Games will be a celebration of beach and water sports and will include the 10 disciplines of the core programme – Aquathlon, Beach Handball, Beach Soccer, Beach Tennis, Beach Volley 4×4, Beach Water Polo, Beach Wrestling, Individual Kata, Expression Kiteboarding and Open Water Swimming 5km– as well as additional disciplines proposed by the Organising Committee, to be confirmed in the coming weeks.
Acting ANOC President Robin Mitchell said: “Bali has some of the most breath-taking beaches in the world, which will provide the ultimate backdrop for spectacular sporting competition in 2023.
“We are thankful to the Indonesian government and Indonesia Olympic Committee for their partnership and cooperation. We look forward to working with them over the next 15 months to deliver an unforgettable event.”
Indonesia Olympic Committee President Raja Sapta Oktohari added: “We are proud to push and promote Indonesia on the global stage. In an historic time for the sporting revival of Indonesia, we are leveraging our investment in the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games and ensuring a legacy of sustained sports development throughout the nation.
“It is with great pride that we invite our NOC family with our legendary hospitality, in the most beautiful of backdrops. Combing exciting new sports with the engagement of a new sporting fan base is at the heart of what the Indonesia Olympic Committee wishes to generate. We look forward to welcoming the world to Indonesia. See you in Bali, 2023!”
Bali hosted the OCA’s inaugural Asian Beach Games in 2008 and has the necessary existing infrastructure that aligns it perfectly with ANOCs sustainability ethos.