Denmark’s team celebrates after winning the women’s beach handball final against Hungary at the 1st Qatar 2019 World Beach Games in Doha on Oct. 16, 2019. (Photo by Nikku/Xinhua)
The full sports schedule for the World Beach Games Bali 2023 has been announced to celebrate one year to compete in the water and beach sports event.
GENEVA, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) — The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) and the National Olympic Committee of Indonesia (NOC Indonesia) on Thursday announced the full sports program for the ANOC Bali 2023 World Beach Games in the opportunity for a year to go to the beach and the water sports event.
3×3 basketball, airbadminton, rowing beach sprint and surfing (longboard and shortboard) have been added to the basic program of Bali 2023: 5km open water swimming and beach water polo, beach soccer, beach handball, individual kata, kite foil, beach tennis, aquathlon, Beach Volleyball 4×4 and Beach Wrestling.
Acting ANOC President Robin Mitchell said: “We look forward to once again having the privilege of seeing the world’s best athletes compete in a celebration of elite water and beach sports. Bali, we have great partners who will no doubt deliver an unforgettable event. Next year.”
Indonesian NOC President Raja Sapta Oktohari added: “The Indonesian NOC continues to work hard to make Bali 2023 a success. We still have a lot to do and so we continue to strengthen intensive coordination with local and central government. , as well as with ACNO.”
For 3×3 basketball, it will be a return to the Games, having competed in the inaugural ANOC Qatar 2019 World Beach Games, while AirBadminton, World Rowing Beach Sprint and Surfing will all make their Games debuts.
At Bali 2023, 3×3 basketball will feature 64 male athletes and 64 female athletes with 16 teams per gender.
AirBadminton was launched by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) in 2019 to create opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to play badminton on hard, grass and sand surfaces in parks, gardens, streets , playgrounds and beaches around the world. The AirBadminton athlete quota in Bali 2023 will be 72 athletes (36 men and 36 women).
For rowing, the first Beach Sprint Finals were held in 2019 and were introduced to provide an exciting new format that would grow the sport and reach new audiences. The quota for the Rowing Beach Sprint in Bali 2023 is 80 athletes (40 men and 40 women) and the qualification system is currently being agreed between ANOC and World Rowing.
Shortboarding will feature at Bali 2023 following its successful debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. A total of 32 men and 32 women will compete in the event and will be joined by 16 men and 16 women in longboarding. ■