The Asian Beach Games

The Asian Beach Games is a multi-sport event among athletes representing countries from Asia. The first games were held in 2008 in Bali, Indonesia, and after that were held every two years up until 2016. There is a five year break until the next Games which may be held in 2021 (postponed from 2020).

The sports involved are mostly beach or water sports, including popular beach sports such as beach volleyball and beach football, beach running, as well as sports competing on the water such as swimming, sailing, water skiing, jet ski and dragon boat racing.

The Games have proved popular for hosts countries, spectators and athletes, due to the low expenditure with the use of temporary venues and making use of the natural resources of sand and sea.

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The next Asian Beach Games

The next Asian Beach Games was scheduled to be held in 2020, in Sanya in China, however, due to China cancelling all international sporting events for 2020, it has been postponed (it was initially postponed until April, 2021, but has been postponed again!).

The 2021 Games will include 16 sports (19 disciplines).

  1. 3x3 basketball (2008, 2012+)
  2. Beach water polo (2008–2010, 2014+)
  3. Marathon Swimming (2008–2010, 2014+)
  4. Beach athletics (2014+)
  5. Dragon boat (2008, 2010, 2021)
  6. Sports climbing (extreme sports)
  7. Beach soccer (2008+)
  8. Beach handball (2008+)
  9. Beach kabaddi (2008+)
  10. Beach volleyball (2008+)
  11. Beach wrestling 2008, 2014+
  12. Powerboating (2021)
  13. Paramotoring (Powered paragliding) (2012, 2014, 2021)
  14. Sailing (2008–2014, 2021)
  15. Kite surfing (2021)
  16. Wind surfing (2008, 2021)

Possible Sports for 2021

Some lists include these sports on the program, though the official list does not.

Previous Beach Games Sports

Demonstraqtion Sports


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