NEOM, Saudi Arabia’s sustainable regional development, has announced it will host the NEOM Beach Games 2022. The event will feature leading world-class sports events with elite athletes from over 25 countries.
The series of major sports events will launch on October 19 and include five dynamic sports: kitesurfing, triathlon, 3×3 basketball, beach soccer and mountain biking.
NEOM’s CEO, Nadhmi Al-Nasr, said, “We are delighted to host the NEOM Beach Games which brings together local and international rights holders for five globally popular sports in one diverse location in Saudi Arabia. NEOM is a place of unparalleled natural beauty and will be the ideal backdrop for what promises to be a period of exciting competition amongst world-class athletes competing in a variety of challenging sports.”
The dynamic sports event will commence with world cup kitesurfing over the first five days, closely followed by an Olympic-level competition featuring a short course triathlon on October 29. Other events to be held include an international 3×3 basketball tournament and a four-day beach soccer competition that will see 12 teams from around the world compete in the intense tournament.
💥 Five adrenaline-fuelled sports
🌍 One world-class destination
We aim to become an exciting destination for sports. Tune in to the NEOM Beach Games from Oct 19th – Dec 9th.
— NEOM (@NEOM) September 15, 2022
The games will conclude on December 9, with the desert mountain biking race, which will host 220 male and female riders from around the world for a four-stage event, varying 80–120 kilometres per stage.
Jan Paterson, managing director of Sport at NEOM, added, “We are excited to be hosting world-class events in NEOM as we aim to develop a sporting hub which will contribute to our evolving sports ecosystem. Partnering with key sporting bodies will strengthen our goals of building a high-performance culture and inspire the next generation of athletes across the region.”
Timetable of events
Qatar Airways GKA Freestyle World Cup: NEOM Kitesurfing October 19-23
Super League Triathlon: NEOM Triathlon October 29
NEOM FIBA 3×3 Super Quest 2022: 3×3 Basketball November 4-5,
NEOM Beach Soccer Cup: Beach Soccer November 9-12
NEOM Titan Desert: Mountain Biking December 6-9