World’s best to compete at ANOC World Beach Games San Diego 2019

ANOC releases qualification guidelines for ANOC World Beach Games

16 July 2018; Lausanne: ANOC, in partnership with 15 International Federations (IFs), today released the qualification guidelines for the ANOC World Beach Games San Diego 2019, which will ensure the world’s best athletes compete in the inaugural event.

The qualification guidelines were sent to the world’s NOCs and include details on athlete quotas, athlete eligibility and qualification pathways for the sports on the programme. The qualification pathway varies for each event. However, in order to guarantee the very highest quality competitions in San Diego, qualification for the majority will be determined based on world ranking points or the highest finishing places at World Championships or Continental Championships.

Approximately 1,360 athletes representing the five Olympic continents will compete in San Diego from 10-14 October 2019, and for some athletes the qualification period for the ANOC World Beach Games has already begun.

ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah said:

“The ANOC World Beach Games in San Diego will be the pinnacle of global excellence in beach, action and water sports. The qualification guidelines are focused on ensuring that the world’s top athletes in these fresh and dynamic sports compete in San Diego to give fans the very best spectacle. We want to connect new stars from these new disciplines to a new generation of sports fans and create a lasting legacy for our NOCs.”

The Games are expected to attract approximately 40,000 fans each day as world-class sports competitions will be staged alongside music and cultural events to create a real festival of entertainment. All competition venues will be temporary, in a single competition site at Mission Beach, minimising costs and ensuring a sustainable event. The 17 disciplines from 15 sports are:

  • Triathlon – Aquathlon
  • Basketball – 3X3
  • Cycling – BMX
  • Sports Climbing – Bouldering
  • Handball – Beach Handball
  • Karate – Individual Kata
  • Sailing – Kitefoil Racing
  • Skateboarding – Park
  • Football – Beach Soccer
  • Surfing – Shortboard & Longboard
  • Swimming – Open Water 5km
  • Tennis – Beach Tennis
  • Beach Volleyball – 4×4
  • Waterskiing – Waterski Jump & Wakeboard
  • Wrestling – Beach Wrestling

The qualification guideline document will be updated over the coming weeks with further information provided by IFs.


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The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) was established in June 1979 during the Constitutive General Assembly in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Over the last 38 years, the number of National Olympic Committees (NOCs) whose interests ANOC represents has risen to 206.

ANOC is administered from its headquarters in the Olympic Capital, Lausanne, where it has been based since June 2010. When the ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah was elected in April 2012 his stated objective was to reform, modernise and professionalise the organisation in order to better serve the needs of the world’s NOCs.

Under Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah’s visionary leadership, ANOC has strived to protect and promote the collective interests of the NOCs by delivering an unprecedented level of assistance and support. ANOC also aims to build and strengthen the relationships between the NOCs and the Olympic Family for the benefit of the entire Olympic Movement.

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