City’s Gym­nas­tics World Cup to be screened on BBC

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

COV­ER­AGE of this month’s Gym­nas­tics World Cup in Birm­ing­ham will be broad­cast live af­ter the BBC signed a ground­break­ing TV deal with the sport.

Bri­tish Gym­nas­tics has se­cured a three-year deal which will see the broad­caster ex­clu­sively screen the World Cup at Arena Birm­ing­ham later this month and sev­eral other ma­jor cham­pi­onships.

Nigel Hill, com­mer­cial di­rec­tor at Bri­tish Gym­nas­tics, said: “We are de­lighted to part­ner with BBC Sport on this his­toric agree­ment.

“Gym­nas­tics is spec­tac­u­lar to watch and we win more fans ev­ery year.

“Broad­cast is cru­cial to the pro­file and un­der­stand­ing of the sport.

“This new agree­ment en­sures view­ers can ex­pe­ri­ence many ex­cit­ing Cham­pi­onship events and dis­ci­plines.”

The World Cup will be streamed live via the BBC app, web­site and Red But­ton on Wed­nes­day, March 21, and Thurs­day, March 22, and also broad­cast on BBC1 on the Sat­ur­day.

Great Bri­tain’s World Cup team com­prises Birm­ing­ham gym­nast Do­minick Cun­ning­ham, Amy Tin­kler, Alice Kin­sella and James Hall.

They will be up against lead­ing gym­nasts from seven other na­tions.

Gym­nasts will take part in the all-around com­pe­ti­tion which for men in­cludes the floor, pom­mel horse, rings, vault, par­al­lel bars and high bars.

The women will bat­tle it out on the vault, un­even bars, beam and floor.

Bar­bara Slater, di­rec­tor of BBC Sport, said: “This new deal strength­ens our year-round com­mit­ment to gym­nas­tics and is a per­fect fit for our mar­ket-lead­ing, free-to-air, sports stream­ing ser­vice.

“We’re de­lighted to be show­cas­ing the sport and the in­spi­ra­tional feats of its Bri­tish role mod­els to the widest pos­si­ble au­di­ence.”

Bri­tish cham­pi­onships in artis­tic gym­nas­tics, which has pre­vi­ously been broad­cast on TV, and rhyth­mic gym­nas­tics will be streamed live on BBC Sport on­line and on con­nected TV over the next three years.

Aer­o­bics gym­nas­tics, tram­po­line tum­bling and dou­ble mini tram­po­line and ac­ro­bat­ics gym­nas­tics Bri­tish cham­pi­onships will also be streamed by the BBC.

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