By Nick Butler

TLN are partnering with Univision Canada to provide the Toronto 2015 coverage ©TLN/Univision CanadaNext summer's Pan American and Parapan American Games will enjoy full multimedia coverage on Spanish-language television in the host nation following an agreement between Toronto 2015, TLN and Univision Canada.

The two networks plan to dedicate over 100 hours of "high-calibre" coverage and promotion of the Games, with this including pre-event specials, live broadcasts and nightly highlights, as well as "Hispanic-Canadian community grassroots programming".

TLN is also collaborating on television coverage with ESPN Deportes, the American Spanish-language broadcaster of the Games, while the station has partnered with the City of Toronto to fully showcase the city's annual July street festival.

This will form a major part of the "Host City Showcase Programme" associated with the Games and its legacy.

"We're very happy that Univision Canada and TLN broadcasting will show exciting action from the Games - in Spanish and with great enthusiasm," said Toronto 2015 chief executive Saäd Rafi, who made the announcement to coincide with today's milestone of 200 days until the start of the Games on July 10. 

"This will allow millions of Canadians, from coast-to-coast, to enjoy the Games in a language they are proud of.

"It will also make a strong impression on Spanish-speaking visitors from the Americas who will go home with a deeper appreciation of Canada's vibrant Latino communities."

The 2011 Pan American Games took place in Spanish-speaking Mexico, in Guadalajara ©Getty ImagesThe 2011 Pan American Games took place in Spanish-speaking Mexico, in Guadalajara ©Getty Images

TLN Television, considered Canada's "Latino Superstation" since 1984, is accessible in more than six million homes and has a long tradition of multilingual coverage of major sporting events, as seen by its showcasing of this summer's FIFA World Cup in Brazil, which attracted over 2.7 million Canadians on the main Telelatino channel alone.

Univision Canada, meanwhile, launched earlier this year and is the number one all-Spanish language television channel in the country, available in over 1.8 million homes.

"The Games are generating a lot of interest and excitement in the Latino-Canadian community, and so many passionate sports fans will be cheering both for Canada and their country of heritage," said TLN President Aldo Di Felice.

"TLN's partnerships with Toronto 2015 and the City of Toronto are good examples of the way in which the Games are serving as a catalyst to celebrate and extend the reach of Latin American cultures in the city and region of Toronto, driving cultural and economic benefits.

"We look forward to working with Toronto 2015, Spanish-speaking Canadians, Latino visitors and participants and many others to shine a spotlight on the Games and showcase how they bring people of the Americas closer together."

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