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Inaugural ANOC World Beach Games Awarded To San Diego

By United States Olympic Committee | Oct. 30, 2015, 12:18 p.m. (ET)

Surfer Ed Folsom exits the water as the sun sets through low clouds on June 23, 2005 at Cardiff State Beach in Cardiff-By-The-Sea, Calif.

WASHINGTON – The inaugural Association of National Olympic Committees World Beach Games were today awarded to San Diego at the XX ANOC General Assembly. The Olympic-style event will feature more than 20 sports and will take place in 2017, after the International Olympic Committee Session in September.

The ANOC Executive Council put forth the city to the assembly. San Diego was approved by acclamation by the 204 NOCs in attendance.

“We’re thrilled that San Diego was selected to host the first ever ANOC World Beach Games,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. “San Diego has the natural capacity for hosting this exciting new event, and has a fantastic beach and sport culture. We look forward to working with ANOC and the city of San Diego in launching the ANOC World Beach Games.”

The ANOC World Beach Games will include modified versions of several Olympic sports, as well as a number of non-Olympic sports. All 206 NOCs will be invited to participate.

“We are excited and thank ANOC for selecting San Diego as the inaugural ANOC World Beach Games Host City,” said Vincent Mudd, chairman of the San Diego Exploratory Foundation. “We look forward to sharing our beautiful and vibrant city with the world. As America's Finest City, we will focus on delivering the best experience possible for the athletes, their families and their supporters."

San Diego is at the epicenter of beach, surf and extreme sports culture. The ANOC World Beach Games will blend the beach, active lifestyles and urban living into a vibrant mix that inspires youthful creativity and celebrates global connectivity through sports.

Further details, including dates and the sport program, will be announced at a later date. Visit WorldBeachGamesSanDiego.org for more information.