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Asian Beach Games switch to four-year cycle

The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has opted to switch its Asian Beach Games multi-sport event to a four-year cycle and introduced a rule to cap the number of athletes from the same country that can compete in individual events.

The motion, approved by delegates at the OCA General Assembly, will mean that the next edition of the event, which had been due to take place in Goa, India, in 2018, will now move to 2020. This year’s Games are currently being staged in Danang, Vietnam from September 24 to October 3.

The OCA also gave its approval to a new rule that will permit countries to enter a maximum of two athletes in each individual event. Nations had previously been allowed to enter three athletes in the same event under a system set out in the Olympic Charter.

The first edition of the Asian Beach Games took place in Bali, Indonesia, in 2008, and was followed by events in Muscat, Oman, in 2010, Haiyang in China in 2012, and Phuket, Thailand in 2014.

Meanwhile, the OCA has also announced that the 2017 edition of the Asian Youth Games, which had been due to take place in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, will now be delayed until 2021. According to the AFP news agency, officials in Jakarta have said that the city will now stage a smaller event in 2017, with the Youth Games to then take place in Surabaya four years later.