More governing bodies sign up to Olympic Channel

The International Olympic Committee’s recently-launched Olympic Channel has reached agreements with six international sports federations to collaborate on content for the service.

The International Cycling Union (UCI), the International Skating Union (ISU) and the International Luge Federation (FIL) have committed to the venture, along with the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), the World Karate Federation (WKF) and the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC).

The additions of the WBSC, the WKF and the IFSC to the Olympic Channel come after baseball/softball, karate and sport climbing were recently added to the programme of events for the Tokyo 2020 Games in Japan.

The Olympic Channel is working with sports federations to deliver live events, highlights, magazine shows, news coverage and original programming, as well as technical business solutions.

The governing bodies of aquatics, archery, badminton, basketball, bobsleigh and skeleton, boxing, canoeing, curling, equestrian sports, fencing, golf, gymnastics, hockey, ice hockey, judo, modern pentathlon, rowing, rugby union, sailing, shooting, skiing, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, triathlon, weightlifting and wrestling had already signed up to collaborate on content for the channel.

The Olympic Channel team is in discussions to add further sports to the service, which launched on August 21 following the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Games in Brazil.