POSTED: December 19th 2014

Rio 2016 broadcasting rights in Cuba awarded by IOC

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Instituto Cubano de Radio y Televisión (ICRT), Cuba’s state broadcaster, was awarded the exclusive broadcast rights for the 2016 Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio, by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). This award gives the ICRT the rights to air the games in the state of Cuba.

“Rio 2016 will be the first time the Olympic Games have been held in South America, and ICRT will work with us once again to bring the sporting action to fans in Cuba. This agreement also means that the IOC has now completed all its broadcast agreements for Rio 2016," stated IOC President Thomas Bach.

In addition, Rafael Yaech from ICRT commented, "The broadcast of the Olympic Games in Cuba is a celebration for our hard working people and our quality of life. We are pleased with this agreement with the International Olympic Committee, with the assurance that we will continue to work together in favor of sports."

“ICRT has been an excellent partner to the Olympic Movement for many years in promoting the Olympic Games and the values of the Olympic Movement in Cuba, and we look forward to continuing our work with them in Rio," added IOC member and member of the IOC's TV Rights and New Media Commission Gerardo Werthein.

Furthermore, Cuba's state broadcaster has the rights to broadcast the Rio 2016 Olympics across all platforms in all languages. This includes subscription television, internet, mobile phone, and free-to-air television.

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