San Diego will host the inaugural World Beach Games, a multisport event set to debut in 2017 with surfing, skateboarding, beach soccer and volleyball, among others.
The Association of National Olympic Committees on Oct. 30 gave San Diego the nod over hopefuls including Dubai, Sochi and Sarasota.
“We’re thrilled that San Diego was selected to host the first ever ANOC World Beach Games,” U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun said. “San Diego has the natural capacity for hosting this exciting new event, and has a fantastic beach and sport culture.”
The games will feature about 20 sports and will field teams from more than 200 countries. It is expected to have a budget of $150 million.