Baku 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games has today announced a series of rights-holder broadcast agreements, which will bring the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games to viewers in 34 countries.
The announcement was made with one month to go until the start of the Baku 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games. As part of these agreements, all rights-holder broadcasters will have exclusive access to footage from the Games, including:
- Live coverage of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, which will take place at the Baku Olympic Stadium on 12 and 22 May respectively
- A one-hour daily highlights programme, featuring the best sporting action and medal events from the Games
- Live coverage of all 16 matches in the football competition, which features teams from Turkey, Cameroon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Palestine, Algeria and Azerbaijan
- A two-hour Games highlights programme
The Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) has obtained the rights to show the Games across North Africa and the Middle East countries. This will provide principal free-to-air State broadcasters across 22 countries with the opportunity to show the Baku 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games on their channels.
TV Media Sport (TVMS) has also signed an agreement, acting as exclusive agent for the Games across Sub-Saharan Africa. In doing so, it has so far received commitment from broadcasters in 12 countries - Ivory Coast (RTI), Nigeria (NTA Sports 24), Tanzania (AZAM MEDIA GROUP ZBC2), Uganda (UBC), Mozambique (TVM), Chad (ONRTV), Mali (ORTM), Guinea (RTG), Niger (ORTN), Democratic Republic of Congo (RTNC), Mauritius (MBC) and Burkina Faso (RTB) – to broadcast live footage and highlights from the Games.
Speaking about this agreement, Hedi Hamel, President of TV Media Sport said: "The diversification of international sports events is and remains a powerful vector of TV Media Sport activities. Baku 2017 will be the perfect incarnation of our strategy.”
In addition, Baku 2017 has also signed an agreement with TRT, the leading Turkish broadcaster. Coverage of the Games, will also be broadcast over IP in Suriname and Guyana, by ATV and National Communications Network (NCN) respectively.