Bandy is one of six non-Olympic sports to have signed deals ©Getty Images

The Olympic Channel has signed deals with the governing bodies of six non-Olympic sports.

Partnerships have been agreed with the Federation of International Bandy (FIB), the World DanceSport Federation (WDSF), the International Orienteering Federation (IOF), The International Union of Powerboating (UIM), the International Racquetball Federation (IRF) and the World Underwater Federation (CMAS).

In addition, tie-ups have also been signed with the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) and the International School Sport Federation (ISF).

The organisations join 41 Federations which have previously announced similar deals with the Olympic Channel.

It means that the sports - all recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) - could now be broadcast.

"The Olympic Channel provides a platform for the promotion of all sports and athletes within the Olympic Movement," said Mark Parkman, general manager of the Olympic Channel. 

"We are excited to work together in our collective efforts to help expand the reach of these sports through the creation and distribution of content to audiences worldwide."

The Olympic Channel was launched on August 21 as a key part of the Olympic Movement’s push to engage more young people and spark interest in Olympism all year-round.

The World DanceSport Federation is another of the governing bodies involved ©WDSF
The World DanceSport Federation is another of the governing bodies involved ©WDSF

It was set-up on the same day as the Rio 2016 Olympic Closing Ceremony. 

IOC members unanimously approved the Channel - which has a fully-funded budget of $490 million (£394 million/€464 million) for its first seven years - at the 127th IOC Session in Monte Carlo.

Available on various digital platforms, the Channel includes live event streaming, event coverage, highlights, magazine shows, news coverage and original programming.

Earlier this month, the Channel was launched in six additional languages other than English.

It is now available in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese and Latin American Spanish. 

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the International Handball Federation (IHF), the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) and the International Surfing Association (ISA) are the only Summer Olympic International Federations not to have struck a deal with the Channel so far.

The International Biathlon Union (IBU) is the sole winter sport on the Olympic programme which has not yet entered into a partnership with the Channel.