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  • Netherlands Antilles for 2012; Olympian Hurt in Uprising; T.V. Broadcast Deals


    Sprinter Churandy Martina is the Netherlands Antilles’ best hope for a medal in 2012. (Getty Imaes)
    Netherlands Antilles to Compete in 2012 Games

    IOC president Jacques Rogge says the 2012 Olympics may be the final Games for the Netherlands Antilles.

    "It no longer exists after a referendum and therefore we cannot recognize them" he said. Rogge added "the athletes preparing for the Olympics will compete under the Olympic Flag as Olympic athletes."

    The future of the Netherlands Antilles Olympic Committee rests in the hands of the IOC. A vote on its future is scheduled for this week’s Session.

    No new National Olympic Committee will be created for the small island outpost. It could join the Aruban or Dutch Olympic team.

    William Millersen, NAOC president, tells Around the Rings if they join the Aruban team, the Arubans will likely be dominated by the Antilles and qualify few if any athletes. If they join the Dutch squad, the Antilles will be dominated by the Dutch athletes.

    Boxing Medalist Injured in Uprising

    Protesters are calling for political reforms and the reinstatement of civil rights from Bashar al-Assad, president of Syria since 2000. (Getty Images)
    Olympic boxing medalist Nasser al-Shami is among the wounded from a crackdown against democratic protests in Syria.

    The Associated Press reports al-Shami was struck by shotgun pellets fired Monday by the security forces of President Bashar Assad’s regime. He is in stable condition.

    At least 20 others were injured as Syrian troops and tanks swept through Hama, site of massive anti-government protests beginning last week.

    Al-Shami won bronze in the heavyweight division at the 2004 Olympics.

    TV Rights Settled in France, Germany, Korea

    A trio of TV rights deals settles which networks will show the next few Olympics in France, Germany and South Korea, the three bid countries for the 2018 Games.

    The location of the Games will be decided Wednesday at the IOC Session in Durban, South Africa. With the attention of the Olympic Movement already in hand, the IOC must have felt the timing was right, announcing Monday its broadcaster of choice for each of the three countries.

    France Télévisions, the incumbent, will own rights across all media platforms for Sochi 2012 and Rio 2016 as well as the 2018 and 2020 Games.

    “Traditionally the IOC has negotiated broadcast rights on a pan European basis,” IOC executive board member and lead negotiator Thomas Bach said in a statement.

    “However, the media landscape is changing quickly and we have adapted our approach in recent years by negotiating directly in certain markets.”

    France Télévisions aired nearly 200 hours of Vancouver 2010 on France 2 and France 3 and will extend its broadcasts to France 4 and France Ô for the London Olympics, ensuring more than 400 hours of free-to-air coverage.

    Its plans for 2018 would surely be even more ambitious should Annecy win hosting rights in Durban.

    Also Monday, the IOC announced that
    ARD and ZDF will receive cross-platform rights in Germany for Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016.

    “They have provided fantastic broadcast coverage of the Games to the widest possible audience in Germany for many years and have demonstrated a strong commitment to the Olympic Movement,” said Rogge.

    With the 2018 Games still up for grabs in Germany, bidding will likely turn competitive should Munich walk away from Wednesday’s vote the winner.

    But should PyeongChang’s third straight bid bear fruit, the job of broadcasting the Winter Olympics within the host country will go to SBS.

    Per Monday’s deal, SBS retains free-to-air, subscription TV, internet and mobile rights in South Korea to every Games through 2024 and has committed to broadcast the Youth Olympic Games throughout that period as well.

    “This is the first broadcast agreement we have reached for the period running to 2024,” said IOC lead T.V. rights negotiator Richard Carrión.

    “This long-term agreement is testament to the continuing appeal of the Olympic Games, and we are delighted that SBS will continue to provide fantastic coverage of the Games well into the next decade.”

    SBS won rights to Vancouver, London, Sochi and Rio back in 2006.

    Written by Matthew Grayson.

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