Beach volleyball on Commonwealth Games program
IN A Commonwealth Games first, beach volleyball has scored a spot in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games sports program.
The historic agreement between the Commonwealth Games Federation, the Queensland Government and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation will extend the Games' sports program for the first time from 17 to 18 sports.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk welcomed the decision.
"The Gold Coast's beautiful beaches are a huge Games drawcard and beach volleyball is the perfect sporting fit for the 2018 program," she said.
"The Games is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to showcase Queensland to the world and, with beach volleyball now locked in to make its Commonwealth Games debut, vision of the Gold Coast's iconic beaches will be beamed to an audience of over 1.5 billion people around the world."
Commonwealth Games Minister Stirling Hinchcliffe said Games' partners were in the process of assessing suitable Gold Coast locations.
"The Gold Coast has some of the best beaches in the world, which is why we have campaigned strongly to the Commonwealth Games Federation to include beach volleyball as part of the sporting program in 2018," Mr Hinchliffe said.
"Games partners will scout a location that showcases our magnificent beaches, but also is accessible and has the capacity to house the temporary infrastructure needed to meet international federation guidelines."
The GC2018 sports program will include the following 18 sports: athletics, aquatics (swimming and diving), badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, boxing, cycling (road, mountain and track), gymnastics, hockey, lawn bowls, netball, rugby sevens, shooting, squash, table tennis, triathlon, weightlifting and wrestling.
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will be staged from April 4-15, 2018.