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The head of the organization that will bring the inaugural World Beach Games to San Diego in two years promised Monday “a truly memorable experience.”

Vincent Mudd, chairman of the San Diego Exploratory Foundation, said the games in 2017 will include 22 beach and urban sports, among them beach volleyball, three-on-three basketball, skateboarding and surfing. Dates were not announced.

San Diego was selected unanimously by the Association of National Olympic Committees at its meeting in Washington, D.C.

“We are truly excited at the opportunity to welcome the world to San Diego,” Mudd said. “Our city and region is the epicenter of beach and active lifestyle, and ANOC World Beach Games will be a seamless fit within our community.”

Mudd previously worked on an unsuccessful effort to bring the 2024 Olympics to San Diego. The U.S. Olympic Committee backed Los Angeles instead.

“We would like to thank ANOC for their confidence in bringing the first- ever ANOC World Beach Games to our beautiful city,” Mudd said. “We will keep the promise of delivering a truly memorable experience.”

San Diego was chosen unanimously by ANOC members following a study by Dow Jones Sport Intelligence, which looked at various event-related criteria.

Creation of the World Beach Games has been a priority for ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah in order to help national Olympic committees engage young people.

Local organizers created a website for the event at, and are looking for donations to support it.

—City News Service

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