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Date: 3/16/2018
 

After the success of the 2018 Pan American Men’s and Women’s Beach Handball Championship held in Oceanside, California last week, fans of the fast-growing and action-packed sport in the USA – and California – will not have to wait long until international beach handball returns to the North American country.

 

From 10-15 October 2019, the ANOC World Beach Games San Diego is set to come to South Mission Beach in the Californian city and the global event will feature beach handball amongst its 15 sports.

 

The variety of sports, across 17 disciplines, will take place in three stadium venues of around 2-5,000 spectators and at the Pan American championships IHF President Dr Hassan Moustafa was joined by Team USA Handball Secretary General Mike Cavanaugh and IHF adviser Jean Brihault to welcome the Executive Director of the Games, former USA track and field star Willie Banks, who grew up in Oceanside, to the tournament and show him what San Diego can expect from the exhilarating sport.

 

The World Beach Games in San Diego, with over 2,000 athletes and 400,000 fans expected to attend, are designed to be an all-encompassing showcase for innovative technology ranging from fan engagement to smart city innovations and the Californian city is set to become the first truly global festival combining elite youth-centric beach and water sports with music, entertainment, digital media and cutting-edge technology showcased in every aspect – with a focus on sustainability.

 

“San Diego is at the epicentre of beach, surf and extreme sports culture,” said legendary skateboard pioneer Tony Hawk, a San Diego resident. “The ANOC World Beach Games will blend the beach, active lifestyles and urban living into a vibrant mix that inspires youthful creativity and celebrates global connectivity through sports. We’re ready to show what a powerhouse our city has become and to welcome the world to San Diego.”

 

The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) was established in June 1979 during the Constitutive General Assembly in San Juan, Puerto Rico and ever since the number of National Olympic Committees (NOCs) whose interests ANOC represents has risen to 206. San Diego was awarded the first beach games back in 2015.

 

“Everyone around the world that I’ve met, they all say the same thing – what a wonderful place San Diego is,” Banks said earlier this year. “It’s all about the lifestyle, it’s all about the beach, it’s all about outdoors.”

 

In addition to the Pan American Championships and San Diego, 2018 and 2019 are set to be big years on the global calendar for beach handball with the 2018 IHF Men’s and Women’s Beach Handball World Championships being held in Kazan, Russia, followed by the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) and Asian Games in Jakarta-Palembang.

 

The new logo and event concept for the inaugural ANOC World Beach Games San Diego 2019 were launched last year featuring the key concepts of blue sky, beaches and sunshine synonymous with San Diego.

Photo: Bill Bigham/Team USA Handball

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