The World Beach Games went from 2021 to 2023 after the postponement of the Olympic Games.

2021 World Beach Games they moved to 2023 so that nations have time to prepare their athletes for the rescheduled Olympics in 2021, the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) said on Friday.

The Olympic Games, originally scheduled to begin in July this year in Tokyo, were postponed from July 23 to August 8, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has infected more than 3.29 million people worldwide and killed almost 233,000.

ANOC had opened a bidding process to find a host for the Beach Games in January before deciding to move the event to 2023 so that the National Olympic Committees (CON) can also prepare for the Winter Olympic Games in 2022.

We have a responsibility to make sure we continue to listen to our NOCs and offer an event that is best for them, said the acting ANOC president. Robin Mitchell he said in a statement.

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"With Tokyo 2020 now scheduled for next year and then Beijing 2022 taking place just over six months later, the ANOC Executive Council has decided it would put too much pressure on NOCs to host the World Beach Games between the two Olympic Games.

"Of course, the World Beach Games involves different athletes and different sports from the Olympic Games, but ultimately it is the same NOCs who have to prepare the teams."

ANOC said it was also reviewing the tender process that will reopen next year.

The 2019 Doha Beach Games had 36 events in 13 sports, including beach soccer and 4x4 beach volleyball, with Spain topping the medal list with seven gold medals, followed by Brazil and Italy.