San Diego to host inaugural World Beach Games in 2017

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SAN DIEGO — The inaugural Association of National Olympic Committees World Beach Games will be held in San Diego in 2017.

The 10-day Olympic-style event will feature more than 20 sports — a mix of modified versions of several Olympic sports and non-Olympic sports.

All 206 national Olympic committees will be invited to participate. Organizers expect more than 5,000 athletes and coaches to come to San Diego for the event.

San Diego was chosen by acclamation by representatives of the 204 national Olympic committees meeting at the XX Association of National Olympic Committees Friday in Washington, D.C.

“San Diego has the natural capacity for hosting this exciting new event, and has a fantastic beach and sport culture,” U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun said.

Sports under consideration for the World Beach Games include beach versions of volleyball, soccer, tennis, wrestling, badminton and team handball, along with jet ski racing, surfing, wind surfing, jet ski racing, wake boarding and wall climbing.

The dates and sports program will be announced later.

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