Last year, the first Asian Beach Games was celebrated by over 2,000 athletes competing in 12 events in Bali, Indonesia. The event was judged an overwhelming success with open water swimmer Mohammad Saleh voted as MVP. As a result, the second Asian Beach Games was announced for Muscat, Oman in December 2010.
Soon South America will celebrate its first Beach Games (Primeros Juegos Suramericanos de Playa) in Montevideo and Maldonado Punta del Este in Uruguay between December 2-13.
In Uruguay, beach handball, beach volleyball, a fitness competition, beach soccer, beach rugby, waterskiing, triathlon, sailing, surfing and open water swimming (5K and 10K races) will be contested with athletes coming from Netherland Antilles, Argentina, Aruba, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Surinam, Uruguay and Venezuela.
With five days to go before the first day of competition, this is bound to be a successful event with many sequels in the future.