ANOC and international federations making progress on 2019 World Beach Games
The Association of National Olympic Committees has held "positive discussions" with the international federations about the inaugural World Beach Games, slated for San Diego, California in 2019.
Progress of the World Beach Games was a focal part of the ANOC executive council meeting in Madrid over the weekend.
San Diego was due to host the first edition of the games later this year, but in April last year a decision was taken to delay the event until 2019 to “ensure that NOCs and IFs have the optimum time to prepare their athletes for the inaugural event.”
Following the council meeting, at which ANOC events working group chairman Timothy Fok and working group member Haider Farman gave presentations, ANOC said in a statement: "ANOC has held positive discussions with all the IFs whose sports are set to be included in the event and all have shown great enthusiasm in taking part."
Representatives from ESP Properties, the sports and entertainment agency that is part of advertising giant WPP’s Group M unit, also presented to the ANOC executive council on the potential marketing and broadcasting revenue that could be generated by the games.
It is envisaged that the games will involve up to 2,500 athletes competing in as many as 24 sports, and have a budget of between $100 million and $150 million.