Broadcaster announced for 2014 Glasgow Commnwealth Games

One year out from the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and Sky and Prime have been announced as the broadcaster.

Today marks one year to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and New Zealanders can look forward to keeping up with the play as SKY was today appointed the New Zealand and Pacific Islands broadcast rights holder to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

SKY Sport will provide extensive coverage, including six channels of action in HD/SD, as well as news and daily highlights across its digital platforms, partnering with Prime television to offer comprehensive free-to-air coverage for New Zealand viewers.

“The Commonwealth Games are always a magnificent occasion and Kiwis love watching other New Zealanders compete at global sporting events so it’s great the Glasgow Commonwealth Games will be on SKY Sport,” said Richard Last, SKY’s Director of Sport.

New Zealand Olympic Committee Secretary General Kereyn Smith said the Commonwealth Games are set for success.

“The venues in Glasgow will all be complete this year and our site visits indicate that preparations are on track for an outstanding celebration of sport,” she said.

“We’re also delighted that SKY New Zealand will bring the Commonwealth Games to New Zealanders. The achievements of our athletes inspire pride and excellence in all of us and through SKY’s coverage Kiwis can watch more of the action,” she added.

Glasgow 2014’s Chief Executive David Grevemberg is also excited about the Commonwealth Games.

The spectacle and wonder of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games has the ability to inspire tens of millions of young people worldwide and SKY and Prime will help us to share the sporting achievements of the thousands of great athletes coming to compete in Scotland.

“It is pleasing to see that the Pacific Islands is well catered for in this agreement as well as New Zealand. There is a huge appetite for sports fans of all the competing nations and territories to follow their athletes in action as they each bid for personal success at Glasgow 2014,” said David Grevemberg.

Around 200 New Zealand athletes are expected to compete in the Commonwealth Games that kicks off in Glasgow, Scotland, on July 23 next year.

Some 4,500 athletes from 71 nations will compete in 17 sports. Cycling, lawn bowls, squash, rugby sevens and netball are among those back on the programme for Glasgow while tennis and archery have been replaced by triathlon, including the new teams event, and judo.

KEY POINTS:

Tickets to Glasgow 2014 will be on sale from 19 August.

New Zealand Commonwealth Games Team selections will take place between April and June 2014

The Glasgow Commonwealth Games takes place 23 July – 3 August 2014.

The 17 sports on the programme for Glasgow 2014 are:

·       Aquatics (Swimming, Diving)

·       Athletics

·       Badminton

·       Boxing

·       Cycling

·       Gymnastics

·       Hockey

·       Judo

·       Lawn Bowls

·       Netball

·       Rugby Sevens – men’s only.

·       Shooting

·       Squash

·       Table Tennis

·       Triathlon

·       Weightlifting

·       Wrestling

The last Commonwealth Games were held in Delhi, India in 2010.

New Zealand first competed at the Commonwealth Games in 1930 and has won a total of 555 medals.

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