1 year to go until the Bali 2023 Beach Games, with Aquathlon included in the programme
ANOC, the local organising committee and all IFs involved in the World Beach Games are celebrating today one year to go to the ANOC World Beach Games Bali 2023. Bali will host the world’s best beach and water sport athletes for the second edition of the ANOC World Beach Games from 5-12 August 2023, with Aquathlon once again included in the programme.
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 ten disciplines of the Core Programme – Aquathlon, Beach Handball, Beach Soccer, Beach Tennis, Beach Volley 4×4, Beach Waterpolo, Beach Wrestling, Individual Kata, Expression Kiteboarding and Open Water Swimming 5km– as well as four additional disciplines added yesterday: 3×3 Basketball, AirBadminton, Rowing Beach Sprint and Surfing (longboard and shortboard).
The debut of Aquathlon at the Beach games was a fantastic one for Spain, who claimed gold in the three medals: Xisca Tous won the individual women’s race, Kevin Tarek Vinuelas was the first one crossing the finish line on the men’s race while both of them claimed gold on the Mixed Relay. “I really can’t wait for the second edition of the Beach Games, I am really looking forward to see all athletes in Bali in just one year”, said double gold medallist Tous, who is trying to qualify for her second participation at the Games.
Acting ANOC President Mitchell said: “With just one year to go until the ANOC World Beach Games Bali 2023, we cannot wait to once again have the privilege of watching the world’s best athletes compete in a celebration of elite beach and water sports. It feels a very long time since the inaugural edition of the Games in 2019. And while the world has changed immeasurably since then, one thing that remains the same is our commitment to connecting NOCs with new sports, new athletes and a new generation of fans. Already we have more than 30 NOCs who have qualified for Bali 2023 and this will only grow over the coming months as the qualification systems continue across our many exciting sports. With the announcement of the full sports programme, NOCs and fans know what they can expect in 2023. The programme will provide a perfect combination of established and new disciplines giving fans a unique experience that only the ANOC World Beach Games can deliver”.
NOC Indonesia President Raja Sapta Oktohari added: “Today is exactly one year towards Bali 2023, and NOC Indonesia continues to work hard in ensuring the event will be a success. We still have much to do, and therefore we continue to strengthen the intensive coordination with local and central government, as well as with ANOC. We are excited to welcome more than 1,500-strong athletes from more than 100 countries, as well as NOC officials, and sports executives. Not only could they enjoy the competition with Bali’s scenic beaches as the backdrop, but they could also discover a new experience through our cultural wealth and the warm hospitality shown by the people of the Island of the Gods.”
Read here the Qualification System for the 2023 Bali World Beach Games