Sanya City in China was announced as host of the 2020 Asian Beach Games in June 2018, following an Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) inspection visit.

Boasting a heritage of several thousand years, Sanya is set to welcome more than 5,000 athletes from April 2 to 10 in 2021.

The Asian Beach Games were originally scheduled to run from November 28 to December 5 in 2020, but had to be rescheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The name "Sanya 2020" will still be used despite the event taking place in 2021.

Seven sports have been recommended for inclusion on the programme for the 2020 Asian Beach Games.

The sports are football, handball, 3x3 basketball, volleyball, aquatics, athletics and coastal rowing.

The Host City Contract for the 2020 Asian Beach Games in Sanya was signed at the 2018 OCA General Assembly in Jakarta ©OCA
The Host City Contract for the 2020 Asian Beach Games in Sanya was signed at the 2018 OCA General Assembly in Jakarta ©OCA

It was decided they should be included following a meeting of the OCA Sports Committee in Indonesia's capital Jakarta in August 2018.

The final 22-sport programme will be decided in consultation and coordination with the OCA, Chinese Olympic Committee (COC) and the Organising Committee.

The Host City Contract for Sanya 2020 was signed at the OCA General Assembly in Jakarta. 

Sanya officials promised the OCA that the "pearl of the South China Sea" is ready to shine when it hosts the sixth edition of the Asian Beach Games.

COC vice-president Yang Shu'an assured delegates from the 45 countries and regions that Sanya would deliver a successful event.

Sanya is situated on the southernmost tip of Hainan Island in Southeast China ©Getty Images
Sanya is situated on the southernmost tip of Hainan Island in Southeast China ©Getty Images

About Sanya

Sanya is situated on the southernmost tip of Hainan Island in Southeast China.

It is served by Sanya Phoenix International Airport, which is located 11 kilometres southwest of the city centre.

The area is surrounded by places of interest and natural beauty.

East of the airport lies beautiful Sanya Bay and Tian Ya Hai Jiao, a world-famous seaside area which literally means "End of the World" in English.

To the south is the Phoenix Mountain Love Forever Scenic Area and the South China Sea.

Sanya's weather is summery all year round, with an annual average temperature of 25 degrees Celsius.

The warm weather remains throughout the winter months.

Sanya has a population of 700,000.

In 2017, it welcomed 20 million visitors.

Sanya has a proud record for hosting major sporting events in recent years, including the Volvo Ocean Race and the Clipper Round The World Race.