A Chefs de Mission seminar has been held in Phuket for the 4th Asian Beach Games, due to take place there in November.
A total of 168 events are due to be held in 26 beach or sea sports.
The Chefs de Missions were welcomed to the Holiday Inn Resort Phuket by Maitri Inthusut, the Governor of Phuket Province, who promised world-class sports facilities and the highest levels of professional service.
But Olympic Council of Asia's (OCA) life vice-president Wei Jizhong admitted the Games presented a big challenge for the Organising Committee, OCA and for Phuket because 26 sports will take place in the peak tourist season of November.
With several new sports, including beach modern pentathlon, on the programme and athletes accommodated in hotels around the island, Wei urged the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) to send a strong administrative team to advise and assist the athletes regarding protocol and procedures.
It is expected a number of International Olympic Committee (IOC) members and International Federations will attend the event with the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) planning to host a World Beach Games in the near future.
There will be six venue clusters, including the popular tourist hot-spots of Patong Beach, which will host nine sport, and Karon Beach, ten sports.
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