2019 World Beach Games

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ANOC World Beach Games 2019
2019 World Beach Games Logo.svg
Host cityDoha
Country Qatar
Nations participating97
Athletes participating1240
Events14 sports (in 16 disciplines)
Opening ceremony12 October
Closing ceremony16 October
Officially opened byTamim bin Hamad Al Thani (expected)
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The 2019 World Beach Games, (Arabic: 2019 ألعاب شاطئ العالم‎) officially known as the ANOC World Beach Games Qatar 2019 and commonly known as Qatar 2019, is an inaugural international beach multi-sport event organized by the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC). It is scheduled for five days, 12 to 16 October 2019, in Doha, Qatar, with the opening rounds for certain events being held on 11 October 2019, the day before the opening ceremony on 12 October.

It had originally been scheduled to be hosted in San Diego, however, on 30 May 2019 it was announced that the Games were being relocated as the host city had not generated sufficient private funds. ANOC said the event would still take place in 2019 and would be relocated to another host city that has "the financial guarantees necessary and a proven track record to host a world-class event."[1]

In 14 June 2019, Qatar was announced as the host of the 2019 World Beach Games.

Host selection[edit]

On 30 October 2015, San Diego was unanimously approved as host of the inaugural World Beach Games at the ANOC General Assembly in Washington D.C..[2][3]Sarasota, Sochi, Dubai and a city in China were the other candidate cities which made bids to host the games.[4]

The Games were originally scheduled to be held from 29 September 2017, until 9 October 2017. However, in August 2016 it was announced to be postponed to 2019.[5]

2019 World Beach Games bidding results
City Nation Votes
Doha  Qatar Unanimous

Development and preparation[edit]

Doha is located in Qatar
Location in Qatar


The Games[edit]


The 2019 ANOC World Beach Games will feature 16 disciplines in 14 sports.[6] All of the events in this edition are non-Olympic events different from the Summer Olympic program and are gender equal.

  1. Basketball
  2. Football
  3. Handball
  4. Karate
  5. Sailing
  6. Skateboarding
  7. Sport climbing
  8. Swimming
  9. Tennis
  10. Triathlon
  11. Volleyball
  12. Waterskiing
  13. Wrestling

Numbers in parentheses indicate the number of medal events contested in each separate discipline.

Participating National Olympic Committees (NOCs)[edit]

Of the world's 206 NOCs, 97 are due to compete:[7]

Participating National Olympic Committees


All dates are AST (UTC+3)
OC Opening ceremony Event competitions 1 Event finals CC Closing ceremony
October 2019 10th
Ceremonies OC CC N/A
Open water swimming pictogram.svg Triathlon – Aquathlon 2 1 3
3x3 basketball pictogram.svg Basketball – 3x3 basketball 1 1 2
Cycling (road) pictogram.svg Cycling – BMX
Climbing pictogram.svg Sport climbing – Bouldering 2 2
Beach handball pictogram.svg Handball – Beach handball 2 2
Karate pictogram.svg Karate – Individual kata 1 1 2
Sailing pictogram.svg Sailing – Kitefoil racing 2 2
Skateboarding pictogram.svg Skateboarding – Park
Beach soccer pictogram.svg Football – Beach soccer 2 2
Open water swimming pictogram.svg Swimming – Open water 2 2
Tennis pictogram.svg Tennis – Beach tennis 3 3
Volleyball (beach) pictogram.svg Beach volleyball – 4x4 2 2
Water skiing pictogram.svg Waterskiing – Waterski Jump 2 2
Water skiing pictogram.svg Waterskiing – Wakeboard 2 2
Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling – Beach wrestling 2 2 4


  1. ^ Weisberg, Lori (30 May 2019). "San Diego loses inaugural World Beach Games due to lack of private funding". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  2. ^ "San Diego Awarded Inaugural 2017 ANOC World Beach Games". ANOC. 30 October 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-11-18. Retrieved 18 November 2015.
  3. ^ Garske, Monica (30 October 2015). "San Diego Chosen as Host City for Inaugural 'World Beach Games'". NBC San Diego. Retrieved 18 November 2015.
  4. ^ Butler, Nick (27 October 2015). "Exclusive: San Diego set to be awarded first ANOC World Beach Games in 2017". Inside the Games. Washington D.C.: Dunsar Media Company Limited. Retrieved 18 November 2015.
  5. ^ ANOC postpones inaugural World Beach Games - Sport Business, 5 August 2016
  6. ^ "ANOC confirm 15 sports and 17 disciplines for first World Beach Games". 24 May 2018. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  7. ^ "PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES". ANOC World Beach Games Qatar 2019. Retrieved 7 September 2019.

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