Budapest, Hungary, 5 September 2019 – The Olympic Channel has signed a media rights agreement with GAISF to show daily live streaming coverage of the inaugural World Urban Games Budapest 2019 from 13-15 September.
A multi-platform global media destination, offering year-round coverage of Olympic sports and athletes, the Olympic Channel over-the-top (OTT) service is available worldwide at olympicchannel.com, its mobile apps and on connected TV devices.
Mark Parkman, General Manager of the IOC’s global Olympic Channel said:
“We are thrilled to work with GAISF to provide coverage of the inaugural World Urban Games to viewers around the world. As we continue to tell the stories on the road to Tokyo 2020, live streaming action on our global platform will enrich the viewer’s experience and provide additional exposure to these popular sports and to the athletes.”
The inaugural edition of the World Urban Games, powered by GAISF, will take place from 13-15 September 2019 and features six competition and two showcase sports, including 3x3 basketball, BMX freestyle, breaking, flying disc, parkour, roller freestyle, indoor rowing and laser run.
The venue for the Games is the site of the historical Nagyvásártelep in the south of Budapest. Having been regenerated specifically for the Games, the graffiti-covered market hall has an authentic urban feel and will provide the ultimate urban sports arena experience for the three-day event.
As well as the competition and showcase sports, a number of demonstration and initiation events will provide opportunities for spectators of all ages and abilities to try urban sports. The Festival programme of the World Urban Games will also incorporate live concerts, street art and dance, with the aim of inspiring a new generation of urban athletes around the world.
Following the announcement, GAISF President Raffaele Chiulli said:
“Our agreement with the Olympic Channel is an indication of the global excitement for this new event and I am delighted that the World Urban Games will be available to watch all over the world.
“Our role at GAISF is to create a platform for sports and I believe that the World Urban Games will be an incredible showcase. The sports selected provide a broad range of urban disciplines with the presence of the best athletes in the world that will excite and entertain spectators and TV viewers, as well as inspire new fans to participate.”
Local Organising Committee Chairman Balázs Fürjes said:
“The Games has gained global interest from the moment we announced that Budapest would host the first event. It is a wonderful opportunity for this city to host another major event in 2019 and I believe that as our broadcast partner, the Olympic Channel will ensure the Games is a major success all over the world.”