GENEVA, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) and the Indonesia National Olympic Committee (NOC Indonesia) announced on Thursday the full sports program for the ANOC World Beach Games Bali 2023 in celebration of one year to go to the beach and water sport event.
3x3 Basketball, AirBadminton, Rowing Beach Sprint and Surfing (longboard and shortboard) have been added to the Bali 2023 core program of Open Water Swimming 5km & Beach Water Polo, Beach Soccer, Beach Handball, Individual Kata, Kite Foil, Beach Tennis, Aquathlon, Beach Volleyball 4x4 and Beach Wrestling.
Acting ANOC President Robin Mitchell said: "We cannot wait to once again have the privilege of watching the world's best athletes compete in a celebration of elite beach and water sports. In Bali we have excellent partners who we have no doubt will deliver an unforgettable event next year."
NOC Indonesia President Raja Sapta Oktohari added: "NOC Indonesia continues to work hard in ensuring Bali 2023 will be a success. We still have much to do, and therefore we continue to strengthen the intensive coordination with local and central government, as well as with ANOC."
For 3x3 basketball it will be a return to the Games, having featured at the inaugural ANOC World Beach Games Qatar 2019, while AirBadminton, World Rowing Beach Sprint and Surfing will all be making their Games debuts.
At Bali 2023, 3x3 basketball will feature 64 male 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 ability to play badminton on hard, grass and sand surfaces in parks, gardens, streets, playgrounds, and beaches around the world. The AirBadminton athlete quota at Bali 2023 will be 72 athletes (36 men and 36 women).
For Rowing, the first Beach Sprint Finals took place in 2019 and was introduced to provide an exciting new format which would grow the sport and reach new audiences. The quota for Rowing Beach Sprint at Bali 2023 is 80 athletes (40 men and 40 women) and the Qualification System is currently being agreed between ANOC and World Rowing.
Shortboard will feature at Bali 2023 on the back of its successful debut at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. A total of 32 men and 32 women will compete in the event and will be joined by 16 men and 16 women in longboard. ■