Several new sports will be added to the 4th Asian Beach Games being held in Phuket this month, making them the biggest Games ever in terms of the number of sporting events. The additional sports will include Muay Thai, extreme sports, jet-ski sports, beach wrestling and Kurash, a form of Turkish wrestling.This year’s Games, which run from November 14-23, will welcome athletes from 42 countries competing in 26 sports to be held at six coastal venues around Phuket.

According to organizers, the slogan for this year’s Games, Celebrate Charming Sunshine, was chosen because it captures the charm and beauty of Phuket. The Games will also feature three sea turtle mascots named Sintu, Samut and Sakorn. Seen as a symbol of endurance, fertility, sustainability and growth, sea turtles were chosen to raise awareness for the creatures and to highlight the efforts Thailand has made toward protecting them. phuketgazette.com