NOC Indonesia News Update
ANOC Representative Visits potential venue for World Beach Games
 06 Feb 2022
Writer : NOC Team
ANOC Representative Visits potential venue for World Beach Games - Indonesia Olympic Commitee
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The Olympic Committee of Indonesia resets its focus to hosting the 2023 ANOC World Beach Games with the visit of ANOC Technical Director Haider Farman.

Farman and the Committee's delegation, consisting of President Raja Sapta Oktohari and Executive Committee member Rafiq Hakim Radinal, visited Pulisan Beach, Manado, North Sulawesi, on Sunday.

"It's a great pleasure to visit Manado. The beach is wonderful, and the forest is untouched. It's amazing to be here," Farman said.

Farman and the delegation also visited several potential venues and areas, and he added that he needed to assess several things, especially regarding accommodation and transportation.

The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) announced Indonesia as the only candidate for the 2023 World Beach Games during the organization's general assembly in Crete, Greek, last year. But, ANOC couldn't formally declare Indonesia as the host due to the non-compliant status of the country's anti-doping organization from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in October 2021. As WADA has cleared Indonesia from the non-compliant list, Indonesia can continue its preparation for hosting the Games.

Okto said as an archipelago country, Indonesia had many potential venues for the event, and the Committee had proposed several other options besides Manado.

"We're very committed to hosting the 2023 ANOC World Beach Games. Manado is one of the options we proposed. Together with ANOC, we will learn and examine all options to realize our objective to host the Games," Okto said.

Besides Manado, the Committee will propose Bali, Batam, and Bintan as a potential venues. In 2008, Bali hosted the inaugural Asian Beach Games.