Athletes descend in Doha for World Beach Games
Over 1200 athletes from 97 countries to take part in the six-day event featuring 13 sports, with 350 medals up for grabs.
The first ANOC World Beach Games are just two days away. And the excitement is building up as athletes started arriving in Doha in large numbers. Teams from Switzerland, USA, Mexico, Cape Verde, Senegal and Tunisia arrived on Tuesday, as huge signboards welcomed them en route to the Athletes Village, located at the Ezdan Hotel in Doha’s business district.
Over 1200 athletes from 97 countries are expected to take part in the six-day event, being staged at four venues.
ANOC Secretary General Gunilla Lindberg said there was a lot of enthusiasm among all stakeholders as she wished success to all participants.
“The arrival of some of the best beach athletes in the world has created a new level of excitement for the Games. The sense of anticipation and enthusiasm among all stakeholders is palpable. I would like to wish all athletes, coaches and officials involved in the Games the best of luck,” said Lindberg.
Athletes from Great Britain and Australia, who are expected to reach Doha over the next few days, are strong contenders for top honours. While Australia will field 41 athletes, Great Britain will have a 21-member team.
The British delegation is led by Chef de Mission, Olympic swimmer Caitlin McClatchey, who is also a two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist.
“The inaugural World Beach Games is a fantastic opportunity for many young athletes to get their first taste of competing at a multi-sport Games. We’re excited to introduce our fans to seven new sports, especially ahead of Tokyo Olympics where a couple of similar disciplines are expected to make their debut,” said McClatchey before the team left for Doha.