The Indonesian island of Bali will host the 2023 edition of the ANOC World Beach Games, it was announced on Friday (June 10).

The second edition of the biennial multisport event will run from August 5 to 12, 2023, having been postponed from 2021 to allow participating athletes to focus on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which themselves were delayed to 2021 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Indonesia was approved as the host country for the games in October last year at the general assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC).

Subsequently, an ANOC technical group has worked with the Indonesian Olympic Committee to develop plans for the event.

More than 1,200 athletes from 97 national Olympic committees competed at the inaugural World Beach Games, Qatar 2019, and ANOC has said it expects similar figures at Bali in 2023.

Among the sports to take place will be aquathlon, beach handball, beach soccer, beach tennis, beach volley 4×4, beach waterpolo, beach wrestling, individual kata, expression kiteboarding, and open water swimming.

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Robin Mitchell, acting president of ANOC, said: “We are delighted to confirm Bali as the host of the second edition of the ANOC World Beach Games. Bali has some of the most breathtaking 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.”

Gunilla Lindberg, secretary-general of ANOC, added: “Part of what makes the ANOC World Beach Games so special is that it combines elite sport with the fun and lifestyle of beach culture. Working with our Indonesian partners and international federations, we are excited to deliver a sustainable and cost-efficient celebration of world-class sport in harmony with one of the world’s most beautiful beach locations.”

“Sustainability is embedded in the DNA of the ANOC World Beach Games; with sustainability and environmental protection incorporated into the Games concept, communications, and community initiatives. The ANOC World Beach Games Bali 2023 will work to minimize its impact on the environment and leave a positive legacy on the local community. Of particular note, Bali successfully hosted the first-ever Asian Beach Games in 2008 and has the necessary existing infrastructure that aligns it perfectly with ANOCs sustainability ethos.”

“ANOC is excited to build on the success of the ANOC World Beach Games Qatar 2019 which saw six days of fantastic competition across 13 exciting, youth-focused sports. Spain finished top of the medal table with 7 gold medals and 10 medals in total, while Brazil came second with 5 gold medals and 12 in total. Italy finished third with 4 gold medals and 6 in total. Overall, 40 NOCs won medals at the Games demonstrating the accessibility of beach sports and the breadth of quality around the world.”