January 15 - Infront Sports & Media has been awarded exclusive broadcasting rights in Sub-Saharan Africa by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016.
The deal, which will also involve August's Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, involves exclusive broadcast rights on free to air television as well as non-exclusive rights on internet and mobile platforms.
It will apply to 43 countries in the region spanning Eritrea in the east to Côte d'Ivoire in the west and to Swaziland in the south.
It is thought the marketing company will now work to sub-licence the rights by working with France-based agency TV Media Sport (TVMS), which previously distributed Sub-Saharan African rights for the Euro 2012 football championships and the 2013 IAAF World Athletics Championships.
"This agreement reflects the global appeal of the Olympic Games, and our aim is to reach audiences in all regions across the globe with the best broadcast offering," said IOC President Thomas Bach.
"We want to not only generate viewership for sports where African athletes already perform successfully, but also boost appeal for Olympic sports gaining popularity on the continent."
IOC member Richard Carrión, who led the negotiations, added that "Infront has acquired the rights and will now work to sub-licence those rights to broadcasters in the region to ensure excellent coverage of the Olympic Games for sports fans.
"The partnership with Infront allows us to take advantage of its network across the continent, supported further by a tailor-made editorial plan for African broadcasters and their viewers."
Stephan Herth, executive director for summer sports of Infront Sports & Media, was also delighted with the news which follows the awarding of broadcasting rights for various other regions.
"We would like to thank the IOC for trusting in our broadcast distribution experience and ability to extend the spirit and scope of Olympic programming to an even broader audience," he said.
"Our ambition is to encourage the growth of sport in Africa with a dedicated broadcast product and continue to advocate the Olympics as a worldwide event.
"We are looking forward to delivering the Winter Olympics to television screens in so many countries in Africa for the first time in 2014."
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September 2013: IOC broadcasting revenues set to top $4.1 billion in Sochi-Rio quadrennium
August 2013: Dentsu takes on Olympic broadcast rights in 22 Asian territories
June 2013: IOC opens Olympic broadcast rights bid process in 24 Asian countries
May 2013: Sochi 2014 Olympics to be broadcast in Australia by Ten Network