Hong Kong has been awarded the hosting rights to the first edition of the International Korfball Federation (IKF) Beach World Cup in Asia with action due to take place on March 9 and 10.
There will be two categories at the event - open group and university group.
The open group competitors will compete for the IKF Beach World Cup title, while the university group pool will be an official IKF-recognised competition.
The countries represented will be China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong and Thailand.
The Hong Kong China Korfball Association (HKCKA) has a lot of previous experience when it comes to organising beach korfball tournaments.
Since the year 2000, it has staged an annual beach korfball event for both seniors and juniors.
With the exception of the first edition, the tournament has been organised at Repulse Bay Beach every year.
Due to its popularity among tourists, it is claimed the venue serves as the perfect place to promote beach korfball in Hong Kong and beyond.
The participants at the tournament were mostly from Hong Kong, although, occasionally, teams from Macau and Taiwan also entered the competition.
"The first edition of the IKF Beach Korfball World Cup Asia is therefore organised by an experienced host, and will be of a more international character than the previous tournaments," an IKF statement reads.
Last month, the IKF awarded the European version of its Beach World Cup to Bonson in France.
Action is scheduled to be held on July 6 and 7 with countries from around the world invited to enter.
Senior and under-19 tournaments will be played and the best European nations in each will be crowned as continental champions.
The IKF described the awarding of the Asia event to Hong Kong as a "great step forward in the international development of beach korfball".
"With this event added to the IKF competition calendar, two Beach Korfball World Cups will be organised in 2019," it added in its statement.
The IKF introduced its Beach World Cups in 2017, with each continent given the opportunity to organise a tournament.