Following a big promise, a big delay and a scaled-back footprint, the World Beach Games are on in San Diego. The website has been expanded and updated; it now includes information, including logistical information on the Games.
The Games, a multi-sport event in a format similar to the Olympics but emphasizing water and beach events as well as some action sports, are to be presented from October 10-15, 2019. All events will be played out in the South Mission Beach area. The projected attendance is 2,000 athletes, 1,800 officials of ANOC (the Association of National Olympic Committees, which is the organizing body) and an estimated 400,000 attendees. The budget is $40 million.
According to the website, most events will be free, although admission will be charged at two of the two temporary beach stadiums. A total of 15 sports with 17 disciplines will be presented, including the beach/sand versions of soccer, volleyball, wrestling, handball and karate. Water sports will include surfing and stand-up paddle boarding, waterskiing and wakeboarding. Other events planned include 3-on-3 basketball, BMX cycling, kite surfing, aquatics (swimming), doubles tennis, park skateboarding, sport climbing and bouldering; and duathlon (running and swimming).
Three stadium venues are planned, (one for all rounds of beach soccer and beach volleyball, one for the finals of all the other sports and one for the action games, such as BMX). In addition, there will be a water sports field of play within easy view. Opening ceremonies are planned for Petco Park, with organizers hoping for 35,000 spectators.
So… with all these plans, are any ASBA members involved? If so, we’d love to highlight it in a future blog or a Newsline article. Let us know!