BBC to cover Delhi

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The BBC has confirmed it will provide live and exclusive coverage in the UK of the Commonwealth Games later this year.

The Games, which which will be held in the Indian capital of Delhi from 3–14 October, will be available across TV, radio, online, iPlayer, mobile and new media outlets across the UK. "We are delighted to reach an agreement with the BBC for extensive coverage of our Games across the whole of the UK, " said Delhi 2010 Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi. BBC Sport's head of major events, Dave Gordon, added: "The Games mark another step for athletes across the world as they prepare for the 2012 Olympics in London. We have a rich history of covering the Commonwealth Games and are looking forward to bringing the best of the action to the UK public. "The deal was announced just hours after UK Athletics chairman Ed Warner insisted security concerns surrounding the Commonwealth Games and London 2012 should not be blown out of proportion. He told BBC Five Live: "The talk of Delhi has begun months and months before the Games themselves. The Commonwealth Games Council of England and other home countries are doing the right things – they want the right authorities making the right decisions with the athletes. "He added: "I'm aware of one or two athletes being wound up by the press wanting them to make statements about Delhi – 'am I going, am I not going, do I fear terrorists? '. It's a much more complex situation than a yes or a no. We have to do what we can to protect our athletes from that sort of media interest and the message to them over terrorist threats is to let the experts take care of that, concentrate on your training. You've got to put it in some degree of perspective. It will be a damp squib of a Games if every big–name athlete does not show up. I think there'll be a lot of work between now and then to demonstrate it's safe. "About The Sport Briefing This story has been reproduced with the kind permission of The Sport Briefing. The Sport Briefing is published by PA Sport and can be found at: www. thesportbriefing. comSubscribers to Major Events International can take advantage ofexcellent discounted rates for The Sport Briefing. Sign up now to receive a 20% discount on your annual licence for TheSport Briefing. Special rates are also available for company–widesubscriptions. Subscribers receive a daily digest or up to 30 stories from across every sector of the global sports industry, access to the 24–sevenwww. thesportbriefing. com website and a hard copy of the quarterlymagazine. For more information, email info@thesportbriefing. com or call +(0) 44 207 963 7888.

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