By Sports Reporter/Doha
Up to 1,300 athletes from 97 countries have qualified to take part in the inaugural Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) World Beach Games Qatar 2019 from October 12-16.
The Local Organising Committee (LOC) has confirmed that some of the world’s best athletes from all five continents will be competing for 350 medals in 14 disciplines across 13 sports.
The competition begins on October 11, one day before the opening ceremony, and wraps up on October 16 with three venues being specially created to welcome the world to Qatar.
Organisers say the event has been designed to connect new sports and new stars with a new generation of sports fans, resulting in a big celebration of sport in Qatar where all nationalities will come together in the name of fair play.
The 1st ANOC World Beach Games Qatar 2019 will be held hot on the heels of the IAAF World Athletics Championships which has been held to exceptionally high standards in Doha and concluded yesterday. It is the latest in an impressive list of prestigious multi-sport events that have been held in Qatar, including the Asian Games in 2006 and the Pan Arab Games in 2011.
The Beach Games programme includes a mix of beach, water and action sports with 3x3 Basketball, Kitefoil Racing, Open Water Swimming (5Km), Aquathlon, Karate Individual Kata, Beach Wrestling, Beach Tennis, Beach Soccer, Beach Handball, Beach Volleyball, Bouldering, Skateboarding, Waterski Jump and Wakeboard all expecting world-class fields.
Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) has been named the official partner of the Games while Katara Cultural Village and Aspire Zone Foundation are the Official Venue Partners.
The Official Sponsors are: Baladna, the largest dairy producer in Qatar; Mowasalat, a leading transportation company in Qatar; and Bornan, the prominent international sports technology company.
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