(Reuters) – The 2023 Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) World Beach Games scheduled to be held in Bali next month have been cancelled after the Indonesian city withdrew as hosts, giving the ANOC no time to find an alternative.

“It is with great surprise and extreme disappointment that ANOC has learnt that the Indonesian Olympic Committee (KOI) has withdrawn from its commitment to host the ANOC World Beach Games and the ANOC General Assembly in August 2023,” it said on Tuesday.

“With the Games scheduled to take place in one month, the decision at such late notice prevents ANOC from being able to find an alternative host.

“So there is no option but to cancel this year’s edition of the Games in Bali in August as well as the ANOC General Assembly.”

(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond)

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