Eleven Sports adds IAAF and FIVB rights in Taiwan

Pay-television broadcaster Eleven Sports has secured live rights in Taiwan to athletics’ 2019 IAAF World Championships and the FIVB Men’s and Women’s Volleyball World Cups.

There will be particular local interest in the IAAF World Championships given the involvement of Taiwanese javelin thrower Chao-Tsun Cheng, the current Asian record holder, along with sprinter Chun-Han Yang and hurdler Kuei-Ru Chen.

The 2019 IAAF World Championships will take place in Doha from 27 September to 6 October, while Japan will stage the FIVB World Cups in September and October.

Simone Kang, managing director of Eleven Sports in Taiwan, said today: “We are delighted to add three global competitions to our strong portfolio of live sport and give our viewers the chance to see Taiwanese athletes competing on the world stage.

“These new rights additions, together with live coverage of the English Premier League, the NBA, Lamigo Monkeys and Formosa Dreamers, ensures we continue to serve sports fans across Taiwan with some of the best international and local action.”

Media rights to the IAAF World Championships are sold by Dentsu in the regions outside of Europe and Africa. Fox Sports held the broadcast rights in Taiwan to the 2017 IAAF World Championships, which were held in London.

The IMG agency distributes the FIVB Men’s and Women’s Volleyball World Cup rights in all markets worldwide (excluding Japan). IMG is distributing live or delayed rights to a total of 132 matches (66 men’s matches and 66 women’s matches).

Taiwan failed to qualify for either the men’s or women’s FIVB event but China did qualify for the women’s tournament.