statement is issued by the International Olympic Committee:
Kong - August 6, 2007) The International Olympic Committee
(IOC) today (Monday) announced an agreement with i-CABLE Sports
Limited, a subsidiary of i-CABLE Communications Limited, for
the exclusive internet and mobile platform exhibition broadcast
rights within the territory of Hong Kong for the Beijing 2008
Olympic Games. i-CABLE have also acquired the exclusive Broadcast
and Exhibition rights across all media platforms for the Olympic
Games in Vancouver in 2010 and London in 2012 within the territory
of Hong Kong.
IOC assessed i-CABLE on their capacity to reach the broadest
possible audience on a variety of broadcast platforms and
their commitment to promoting the Olympic Games and the values
of the Olympic Movement. i-CABLE also demonstrated a clear
ability to meet the highest standards in internet and broadcast
quality and security.
President Jacques Rogge said, "Our aim is to ensure that as
many people as possible are able to enjoy the Olympic Games
on all broadcast platforms and we look forward to working
closely with i-CABLE to make this possible in Hong Kong."
Executive Board member Richard Carriāun, who led the negotiations,
said,"The IOC is happy to announce this agreement with i-CABLE,
who will be an important partner of the IOC, especially as
some of the events at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games will
take place in Hong Kong. In addition, as a result of this
deal there will be comprehensive coverage of the Winter Olympic
Games in a variety of platforms in Hong Kong. i-CABLE has
demonstrated a passion for the Olympic Games and the values
of the Olympic Movement and a clear commitment to offer increased
multi-platform coverage of the Games to sports fans across
of i-CABLE, Mr Stephen Ng, said, "As a leading communications
company in Hong Kong, we are proud to be associated with the
world's most prestigious sporting event. We will provide unprecedented
coverage of the Olympics both in terms of breadth and depth.
The award of exclusive Olympics rights was recognition of
the Company's efforts in promoting sports in the territory.
We are confident that we will uphold the values of the Olympic
Movement, we will bring the Olympic Games to the people of
Hong Kong on a scale unprecedented in the territory via our
various programming and technology platforms."
the International Olympic Committee
The International Olympic Committee (IOC), created in 1894,
is a non-governmental organisation with volunteer members
who represent its work around the world, and an administrative
staff based in Lausanne, Switzerland. The IOC and its 203
National Olympic Committees worldwide promote the Olympic
Movement, whose vision is to contribute to building a peaceful
and better world by educating youth through sport. In addition
to selecting the host city and coordinating the staging of
the Olympic Games, the IOC and NOCs collaborate with a range
of organisations and their members in the public and private
sectors to place sport at the service of society. The main
goal of the IOC is to promote the values of Olympism, which
include excellence, friendship and respect.
i-CABLE Sports Limited
A sports content production and distribution subsidiary of
i-CABLE Communications Limited. i-CABLE Sports specialises
in the production of sports programmes, inclusive of the 2002
and 2006 FIFA World Cup, the Torino 2006 Winter Olympic Games,
the 1998, 2002 and 2006 Asian Games as well as leading European
football tournaments. Programmes produced by the company and
carried on i-CABLE's Pay TV platform have won wide acclaim
and following in Hong Kong for years.
i-CABLE Communications Limited is Hong Kong's leading integrated
communications company. It is one of the largest producers
of video, film and multimedia content, for distribution around
the world over conventional and new media. At the same time,
it owns and operates one of two near universal broadband telecommunications
networks in Hong Kong, over which it provides Pay TV, Broadband
and Voice services to well over one million subscribing households
note: Over the air broadcast rights for the Beijing 2008 Olympic
Games were acquired by Asia Television Limited and Television
Broadcasts Limited through the Asian Broadcasting Union.