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Eurosport today announced it has extended its partnership with the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) and will continue to show the sport’s major events until 2020.
The Europe-wide deal will see Eurosport broadcast all ITTF’s major events, including the ITTF World Championships, ITTF Men’s and Women’s World Cups and ITTF World Tour Platinum ITTF World Tour Grand Finals.
Eurosport will broadcast over 120 hours of live action, delayed coverage and highlights over the next three years across its two television channels and online at eurosport.com and the Eurosport App.
As part of the collaboration, which began in 2014, Eurosport will continue to promote the ITTF’s events and commercial partnerships in Europe.
Laurent Prud'homme, SVP Rights Acquisitions at Eurosport, said: “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the ITTF and to have the opportunity to offer world-class table tennis to millions of viewers across the continent.
“As Home of the Olympics in Europe, Eurosport has a strong tradition of showcasing Olympic sports all-year round and we are pleased this agreement will contribute to this.
“With the biggest events of the world tour to be broadcast on Eurosport, our viewers will be able to watch the very best table tennis on the journey to Tokyo 2020.”
Matt Pound, Head of Media at ITTF added: “Since taking its commercial rights in house in 2017, the ITTF has made commercial and media growth a priority for all our products and partnerships like this one with Eurosport is a testament to the new strategy. We are thrilled to renew our relationship with the number one sport destination in Europe, with Eurosport continuing to promote table tennis across the continent leading up to 2020.”
As well as table tennis, Eurosport screens a host of Olympic sports throughout the year across Europe including the Australian Open, Roland Garros and US Open tennis tournaments, cycling’s flagship races such as the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and La Vuelta as well as golf’s Augusta Masters. In addition, Eurosport continues to broadcast the best of fencing, equestrian and archery all-year round across linear and digital platforms.
*The agreement with the ITTF, for the period 2018-2020, includes the following events: ETTU European Table Tennis Championships, Table Tennis Top 16, ITTF Team World Cup, ITTF World Team Championships, ITTF Men’s World Cup, ITTF Women’s World Cup, ITTF World Tour Platinum Events, ITTF World Tour Finals
Key table tennis events broadcast on Eurosport in 2018:
24-25 March: ITTF World Tour Platinum Event, German Open, Bremen
29 April–6 May: ITTF World Team Table Tennis Championships
2-3 June: ITTF World Tour Platinum Event, China Open, Shenzhen
21-22 July: ITTF World Tour Platinum Event, Korean Open, Incheon
29-30 September: ITTF Women’s World Cup, Chengdu, China
6-7 October: ITTF World Tour Platinum Event, Austrian Open, Linz
20-21 October: ITTF Men’s World Cup, Paris, France
10-11 November: ITTF World Tour Platinum Event, Australian Open, Gold Coast
TBC: ITTF World Tour Grand Finals