Beach wrestling confirmed as a sport at the 2019 ANOC World Beach Games in San Diego

By Inside the Games and San Diego 2019 | Nov. 03, 2017, 7:31 p.m. (ET)
Inside The Games has reported that San Diego 2019 and the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) will include Beach Wrestling as one of the 17 disciplines to be contested at the inaugural World Beach Games in San Diego, Calif., USA in 2019.

This is what Inside the Games reported on Thursday:

It was confirmed that 3x3 basketball, BMX freestyle, beach handball and a karate beach kata event would take place, along with the surfing disciplines stand-up paddle and shortboard.

A park terrain skateboarding event is also set to feature, along with beach soccer, open water swimming, beach tennis, duathlon and a 4x4 beach volleyball competition.

The programme will be completed by bouldering, wakeboarding, a waterski jump event, kiteboarding and beach wrestling.

The report also confirmed that the competition will be on Mission Beach, with a $40 million budget.

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The date that the event will begin is October 10, 2019. The ANOC General Assembly will be held during the Games also. The Games were originally schedule to be held in 2017.

PRESS RELEASE: ANOC World Beach Games San Diego 2019 unveils logo and event concept

The new logo and event concept for the inaugural ANOC World Beach Games San Diego 2019 were unveiled today at the Association of National Olympic Committees General Assembly in Prague, Czech Republic.

The vibrant new logo depicts the blue sky, beaches and sunshine synonymous with San Diego, and gives a sense of the youth-focused dynamism of the ANOC World Beach Games concept. The logo is part of a comprehensive visual identity that will feature throughout the promotional activity for San Diego 2019.

Every NOC will be invited to participate in the inaugural edition, with ANOC optimistic of strong representation from every Olympic continent. The sports programme currently comprises 17 disciplines in 15 sports, all selected for their appeal to youth audiences. The final configuration will be subject to ongoing negotiations.

The ANOC World Beach Games San Diego 2019 will take place in temporary venues at a single consolidated site at Mission Beach, San Diego. It is anticipated that approximately 1,300 athletes will compete across six days of competition.
The logo and sports programme were unveiled during an update from the ANOC World Beach Games Technical Coordination Commission and the San Diego 2019 Local Organising Committee to nearly 1,300 delegates at the ANOC General Assembly.

Speaking during the General Assembly, ANOC World Beach Games Technical Coordination Commission Chair Timothy Fok said:

“There has been significant progress across every aspect of preparations for the inaugural ANOC World Beach Games San Diego 2019 – our dream is getting closer to reality every day. Beautiful Mission Beach and the city’s history as a pioneer of global beach sports made San Diego a logical and exciting first host for us, and they are fulfilling all of our expectations. After two years working intensely on this project, we are very pleased with the sustainable, cost-efficient concept we have developed, in line with the principles of Olympic Agenda 2020.”

ANOC Secretary General Gunilla Lindberg said:
“The ANOC World Beach Games will be the first and only truly global festival for beach and water sports. We are collaborating closely with the International Federations to ensure we have the world’s best athletes in their disciplines for our inaugural edition. Ultimately, our vision is for the ANOC World Beach Games to be where sport becomes youth culture: we want to help set new youth culture trends, with new sports and new stars to reach the next generation of sports fans.”
President of the San Diego 2019 Local Organising Committee Vincent Mudd said:
“We are so grateful for the opportunity to present our progress to the 205 NOCs here. The ANOC World Beach Games are their event, and we want them to feel a part of what we are creating here. At San Diego 2019, we will bring the NOCs to where the young people are with our festival of youth-centric sports and entertainment. Our Clean Water, Clean Games sustainability platform will align NOCs and their teams with a cause that is galvanising communities around the world. This can be a game-changer that brings NOCs closer to their fans and helps International Federations launch the next global sports phenomenon.”

US Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun said:
“The U.S. Olympic Committee is proud to support ANOC and the San Diego 2019 team in this innovative project that is not only sustainable, but cost efficient. We look forward to welcoming athletes from all over the world to partake in the unparalleled environment of a global multisport event, while also experiencing the young and vibrant beach culture that is distinctly Southern Californian.”