The State News Agency Antara reports that the International Surfing Association (ISA) is praising Indonesia’s preparations as the host country of the Association Olympic Committees (ANOC) World Beach Games (AWBG) 2023, scheduled to be held 05-12 August.
“The ISA is pleased following their recent visit to Bali. With the support of ANOC and the Indonesian National Federation, we are certain that over the coming months, all the necessary preparations will be in place for an international standard surfing competition,” said the Surfing Technical Delegate Erick Krammer in a press release from the ANOC on Saturday, 21 January 2023.
Krammer said he is impatient to witness international surfers compete in Bali – a destination with a unique culture and world-class waves. Adding: “The people (of Bali) are very kind with a unique local culture and home to world-class waves and amazing beaches.” The ANOC official said Bali has played a central role in world surfing for over a half-century and is therefore eager to showcase Bali as an extraordinary destination to the nations and athletes competing in Bali.
Organizers of the Bali Beach Games also report that Cruz Beckham, the 17-year-old son of international soccer star David Beckham, is expected to attend the surfing championship in Bali.
Raja Sapta Oktohari, the chairman of the Indonesian Olympic Committee, recently said: “The World Beach Games in Bali will become a multi-sport event that is awaited by all. What’s more, Cruz Beckham is likely to come to Bali.”
The AWBG will attract 1,500 athletes and 1,400 officials from more than 100 countries. The games will feature 14 sporting events, including aquathlon, beach volleyball, beach soccer, beach tennis, water polo, beach wrestling, beach karates, windsurfing, 5km open water swimming competitions, 3 x 3 beach basketball, beach sprint, rowing, surfing, and water-badminton.