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San Diego, CA, October 17, 2017

Two years out, ANOC completes coordination meetings with Local Organizing Committee in San Diego

The Association of National Olympic Committees [ANOC] Events Working Group delegates gave the green light to the San Diego Exploratory Foundation [SDEF], hosts and exclusive marketing rights holders of the ANOC World Beach Games in 2019, to move to the next phase of preparations, after two days of successful coordination meetings in San Diego.

The Association of National Olympic Committees [ANOC] Events Working Group delegates gave the green light to the San Diego Exploratory Foundation [SDEF], hosts and exclusive marketing rights holders of the ANOC World Beach Games in 2019, to move to the next phase of preparations, after two days of successful coordination meetings in San Diego.

With two years before the inaugural event’s Opening Ceremony on 10 October 2019, SDEF’s immediate priority will be continuing to secure global commercial partners, before presenting a progress report to the 206 National Olympic Committees at the ANOC General Assembly in Prague from 2-3 November.

The coordination meetings addressed every aspect of ANOC World Beach Games planning, including the sports programme, venues, athlete experience, technology, cultural celebrations, transport and communications. A delegation from the ANOC Events Working Group also visited the Mission Beach site, alongside the SDEF leadership and local beach sports experts.

Speaking from San Diego, ANOC Secretary General Gunilla Lindberg said: “The Local Organizing Committee has made great progress in creating interest in the marketplace. We believe their plans are robust and promise an outstanding ANOC World Beach Games experience for the NOCs of the world and their athletes. We look forward to working as a team to ensure the success of the inaugural ANOC World Beach Games San Diego 2019.”

Timothy Fok, Chairman of the ANOC Events Working Group, said: “This has been a very productive few days of meetings in the wonderful city of San Diego. The ANOC World Beach Games was always a key priority for this Working Group, so we are pleased to see the project progressing so well. Now with two years to go, together we are ready to step up our preparations for our inaugural event in 2019. We look forward to hearing the LOC’s next update at the ANOC General Assembly next month.”

Vincent E. Mudd, Chairman of the SDEF Board, said: “As exclusive marketing rights holders for the inaugural ANOC World Beach Games, SDEF has been able to get into the marketplace and gauge interest. We are pleased to say that prospective sponsors understand our vision and the power this event has to connect with the Millennial and Generation Z demographic.

“We believe in clean water and clean Games. That means a deep commitment to sustainability and ensuring the ANOC World Beach Games San Diego 2019 drives awareness and inspires action in environmental protection.”

USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said: “The US Olympic Committee applauds SDEF’s tremendous planning efforts over recent months, and we reiterate our commitment to ensuring the success of the ANOC World Beach Games. San Diego 2019 is a great opportunity for the United States to welcome the world’s NOCs to an innovative and youth-focused global sports event. San Diego is the perfect setting for this inaugural edition and we are proud to be supporting their preparations.”

About the San Diego Exploratory Foundation

The San Diego Exploratory Foundation (SDEF) is a non profit organization committed to elevating San Diego on a global platform by attracting world caliber sporting events and innovative projects that ultimately impact the economic and social goals of the region.

For more information, please contact: Feben Yohannes, Chief Marketing Officer
San Diego Local Organizing Committee for ANOC World Beach Games 2019
fyohannes@sdexploratoryfoundation.org

About ANOC

The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) was established in June 1979 during the Constitutive General Assembly in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Over the last 36 years, the number of National Olympic Committees (NOCs) whose interests ANOC represents has risen to 206.

ANOC is administered from its headquarters in the Olympic Capital, Lausanne, where it has been based since June 2010. When the ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah was elected in April 2012 his stated objective was to reform, modernize and professionalize the organization in order to better serve the needs of the world’s NOCs.

Under Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah’s visionary leadership, ANOC has strived to protect and promote the collective interests of the NOCs by delivering an unprecedented level of assistance and support. ANOC also aims to build and strengthen the relationships between the NOCs and the Olympic Family for the benefit of the entire Olympic Movement.

For more information, please contact media@anocolympic.org
Or Justin Shea on +44 7917 825 412

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