Everything on the beach: Games in planning

Discussions were held during the Association of National Olympic Committees executive Council meeting on the composition of the World Beach Games.

A final announcement on location and timing will be made after details of the project have been officially presented to the International Olympic Committee executive board meeting, to be held in early July in Lausanne.

Sheikh Ahmad, who is also president of the Olympic Council of Asia, has been a key pioneer of beach sport in the world’s largest continent, reports InsidetheGames.

He revealed earlier this year that he wanted the fourth Asian Beach Games, due to be held in Phuket in Thailand in November, to “pave the way” for the global event.

Among events expected to be included on the programme of the first World Beach Games are basketball, football, handball, rugby, tennis, beach volleyball, kiteboarding, surfing and a modified version of triathlon.

IoC President Thomas Bach was also optimistic about the event. “Talks will be held within the IOC about how it will fit into the calendar and how it fits into the discussion about the composition of the Olympic programme,” he says.

• Olympic athletes and fans took social media engagement to new heights during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, accounting for some two billion impressions across all Olympic platforms.

More than two million new fans are reported to have joined the Olympic Facebook page, the Olympic Twitter account amassed 168,101 new followers, the Olympic Instagram account gained more than 150,000 new followers, and VK saw 650,000 new fans join the Olympic page, with a total of three million visitors during February 2014.

VKontakte (VK) claims to be Europe's largest social networking website,after Facebook with more than 100 million users.

Busiest days were the day of the opening ceremony, and the following day when the figure skating team competition and women’s freestyle skiing moguls were held, reports the International Olympic Committee.

Pictured (here and home page) : Beach volleyballer wears Rocktape kinesiology tape and plays with a Mikasa ball


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