In 2015, the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) General Assembly unanimously approved the ANOC Executive Council's recommendation to select San Diego as the host city of the inaugural ANOC World Beach Games in 2019.

The 2019 ANOC World Beach Games will be a unique multi-sport event which will be a global celebration of sport and culture.

It will focus on uniting the passion and interests of billions of young people around the world by embracing exciting youth-orientated sports and the latest interactive and progressive technologies.

The event has been created by ANOC to provide a global platform for NOCs and International Federations to engage with the world's young people in different and innovative ways.

All of the world's NOCs will be invited to take part across the 15 sports and 17 disciplines on the programme.

The medals for the Games, which are due to run from October 9 to 15 this year, were revealed in November 2018 with the design dedicated to the beach and ocean.

Organisers unveiled the medals while promoting an environmentally-friendly message during a presentation at the ANOC General Assembly in Tokyo. 

The medals for the Games reflect this commitment and have been shaped like a beach stone.

They feature marine life around the Games logo, such as coral, dolphins, shells, crabs and fish.

The medals design for the 2019 ANOC World Beach Games is dedicated to the beach and ocean ©ANOC
The medals design for the 2019 ANOC World Beach Games is dedicated to the beach and ocean ©ANOC

On October 9, 2018, with one year to go until the inaugural event, organisers announced they had signed a media rights agreement with NBC Olympics.

As part of the media agreement, NBC Olympics will broadcast coverage across NBC, NBCSN, their website NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app and the Olympic Channel. 

The San Diego Exploratory Foundation (SDEF) is spearheading the fundraising and organising efforts for the 2019 ANOC World Beach Games. 

SDEF is a non-profit organisation led by a group of civic and community leaders, committed to transforming the San Diego mega-region into the most competitive global centre for sports, innovation and active lifestyle culture.

The San Diego Local Organising Committee is chaired by Vincent Mudd. 

Following the recommendation of the President, the ANOC Gala Awards Dinner was created and held for the first time in Bangkok in 2014 during the ANOC General Assembly. After the first successful event in 2014, ANOC renamed the ceremony to the ANOC Awards.

The ANOC Awards give ANOC the chance to commend the achievements of NOCs, athletes and key members of the Olympic family and promote best practice. They also provide an opportunity for the NOCs to take part in an event in which they can celebrate their work and the work of their colleagues.

The 2015 ANOC Awards took place in Washington D.C., the United States on October 29 and celebrated the achievements of athletes from the five continental Games.

In 2016, the ANOC Awards were hosted by Doha, Qatar on November 15 and celebrated the achievements of NOCs and their athletes from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The 2017 ANOC Awards took place in Prague, Czech Republic on November 2 and celebrated the best male and female sporting performance from each continent.

In 2018, the ANOC Awards were held on November 28 during the 23rd General Assembly in Tokyo, Japan. 

A focus of the awards was placed on the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics, with the ceremony beginning with a highlights package from the Games.

All countries who made their Winter Olympic debuts in the South Korean resort were recognised with Breakthrough NOCs awards.

Ecuador, Eritrea, Kosovo, Malaysia, Nigeria and Singapore saw their maiden appearance marked.

Commissions and Working Groups

There are 12 Commissions and Working Groups which were confirmed in February 2019. They meet up to three times a year and place a strong emphasis on delivering tangible and measurable results for the benefit of ANOC's stakeholders.

The Commissions and Working Groups present their ongoing progress to the ANOC Executive Council before presenting their year's achievements at the ANOC General Assembly towards the end of each year.

The details of the 12 Commissions and Working Groups can be found below:

Finance and Audit
Legal
Youth
International Relations
Events
Marketing and New Sources of Finance
Medical
Athletes'
Electoral
Gender Equity
Culture and Education
Ethics

The ANOC headquarters moved from Paris to the Olympic capital, Lausanne, in 2010. In June 2015, ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, International Olympic Committee (IOC) counterpart Thomas Bach and IOC Honorary President Jacques Rogge officially opened the new headquarters in a re-designed traditional four-storey Swiss town-house. 

The headquarters showcase ANOC’s commitment to modernisation and provide the best possible environment from which to serve the NOCs. The office serves as ANOC’s global operational hub, as well as a base to welcome members of the world’s NOCs and other stakeholders of the Olympic Movement.

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, IOC President Thomas Bach and IOC Honorary President Jacques Rogge officially opened the new ANOC headquarters in June 2015 ©ANOC
Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, IOC President Thomas Bach and IOC Honorary President Jacques Rogge officially opened the new ANOC headquarters in June 2015 ©ANOC