The Indonesian Olympic Committee is promoting next year's ANOC World Beach Games at the G20 Summit in Bali ©KOI

The Indonesian Olympic Committee (KOI) is using G20 meetings, being attended by the United States and Chinese Presidents Joe Biden and Xi Jinping, in Bali as an opportunity to promote the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) World Beach Games due to be held on the island next year.

The promotion includes opening booths at several G20 meeting places, such as at the at InterContinental Jimbaran Bali and the arrival and departure gates of I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport.

"We want to maximise the dissemination [of information] about the ANOC World Beach Games 2023 in the momentum of G20," KOI President Raja Sapta Oktohari said.

"Today, we are at the G20 Sherpa meeting location to disseminate that Indonesia will become the host of the second edition of [the World Beach Games] next year in Bali."

Indonesia is the current President of the G20, an intergovernmental forum comprising 19 countries and the European Union, although Russia is missing the event.

Oktohari revealed that the promotion activities are seen as an ideal opportunity to promote the fact that Bali has been reopened for foreign tourists and can host international sports events again after previously being hit badly by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The slogan of the Summit is "Recover Together, Recover Stronger".

Leaders from the world's biggest countries are descending upon Bali for the G20 Summit ©Getty Images
Leaders from the world's biggest countries are descending upon Bali for the G20 Summit ©Getty Images

Oktohari is also hoping to use the appearance of International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach at the G20 Summit, which is due to take place tomorrow and Wednesday (November 16), to help raise awareness of the World Beach Games.

Bach is scheduled to give a speech at one of the events held ahead of the G20 Summit.

"We together with IOC member Erick Thohir will pick up the IOC President who will attend and give a speech at a G20 forum," Oktohari said.

"Then there is also FIFA President Gianni Infantino who will be involved and participate in the G20."

Representatives from 205 National Olympic Committees are due to compete in the World Beach Games, scheduled to take place next year between August 5 and 12.

The Games is set to feature 14 sports - aquathlon, beach handball, beach soccer, beach tennis, 4×4 beach volley, beach water polo, beach wrestling, karate, wingfoil, open water swimming, 3x3 basketball, beach sprint rowing, surfing and air badminton.