Wrestling Federation Signs Eurosport Deal

By Shantanu Srivastav | September 13, 2018

United World Wrestling (UWW), the international governing body for the Olympic sport of wrestling, has signed a three-year deal with Eurosport

Eurosport will broadcast the World Championships and European Championships across Europe in 54 countries and territories and 16 countries in the Asia-Pacific region on linear, online and Eurosport Player.

However, the deal excludes France 2018-2020 and Russia.

Eurosport’s coverage will start from the World Wrestling Championships in Budapest in October 2018.

Next year, Eurosport will expand its coverage of the sport by screening highlights shows from the World Championships as well as the European Wrestling Championships in Bucharest, Romania. In 2020, Eurosport will show wrestlers prepare for the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo.

Laurent Prud’homme, Eurosport SVP Rights Acquisitions and Syndication, said: “We want to emphasise that sports such as wrestling are more than a series of events that only take place at the Olympics. This partnership strengthens Eurosport’s ambition to tell year-round stories of current and future Olympians.

“Securing an agreement with the UWW will allow fans across Europe and the Asia-Pacific to follow their heroes in the lead-up to Tokyo. Equally, this also gives us the opportunity to educate sports fans who perhaps don’t know too much about wrestling.”

Nenad Lalovic, President of United World Wrestling, said: “We look forward to continuing our partnership with Eurosport and improving the level of exposure across Europe. We believe this partnership took a significant step forward last year during the successful World Championships in Paris and look to build on that for our major Championships and in the lead up to Tokyo 2020.”