By Duncan Mackay

eurosport logoSeptember 24 - Eurosport have today signed a new deal with FISU (International University Sports Federation) until 2017 that will see them cover the next six World University Games.

This long-term partnership will give the Summer and Winter Universiades comprehensive television coverage on an international basis across the channel's pan-European network.

Eurosport will also produce a monthly television show called CAMPUS dedicated to the World University Championship events.

The multi-media partnership is completed with the creation of a dedicated university sports section on which will include the latest results, sport news and videos about the World University Championships and Universiade events.

This section will be launched initially in English and French by the end of this month.

The new deal will cover the Summer Universiades in Kazan 2013, Gwanju 2015 and Tapei 2017 and the Winter editions in Trentino 2013, Granada 2015, and Almaty 2017. 

Eurosport and Eurosport 2 will broadcast 60 hours in HD for each Summer Universiade and 40 hours in HD for each Winter Universiade.

A total of 94 of the medallists at London 2012 had previously won medals at the World University Games. 

Gold medallists at the last Summer Universiade in Shenzhen last year who went onto repeat their success at London included Turkey's Aslı Çakır Alptekin, who won the 1500 metres.

Asl akr_Alptekin_wins_Olympic_1500jm_title_August_8_2012For Turkey's Aslı Çakır Alptekin victory at last year's Summer Universiade was the launchpad for success at London 2012

"I am extremely pleased that FISU has signed a multi-year partnership with Eurosport for our upcoming events," said FISU President Claude-Louis Gallien.

"Like FISU, which strives for Excellence on the academic campus and on the sports field, Eurosport has been pursuing excellence in bringing the major international sports events in the homes of many sports fans.

"I am confident that with the help of Eurosport the International University Sport Movement will continue to grow in popularity worldwide."

CAMPUS will be a 26-minute teleivison show, broadcast on a monthly basis until December 2017 and will cover the World University Championships, organised by FISU and follow preparations for the Universiades, feature profiles and interviews with the Universiade athletes and explain FISU's values and university spirit.

The first show is due to be broadcast on Eurosport on September 26 at 21:00 CET and will include a special focus on the FISU Gala, which took place recently in Kazan.

"We are delighted to have this opportunity to bring Eurosport's unrivalled expertise and multi-media credentials to this long-term partnership with FISU, which will enable fans to follow the upcoming athletes of the future," said Laurent-Eric Le Lay, Eurosport's chairman and chief executive.

"We are committed to being the first to showcase the best young rising stars in sport as we do with football for example with the NextGen Series and other international youth competitions. We are looking forward to developing a strong relationship with FISU which will give a platform to its highly respected events, commercial partners and key messages.

"Eurosport is committed to ensuring action from the Universiades and its associated events are accessible to sports fans across Europe."

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