The International Handball Federation are one of the three International Federations to have signed a deal with the Olympic Channel ©Getty Images

The Olympic Channel has today announced that it has reached cooperation agreements with the international governing bodies for handball, roller sports and skateboarding as well as boules sport.

The agreements with the International Handball Federation, World Skate and World Confederation of Boules Sports bring the number of partners who have announced similar agreements with the Olympic Channel to 57.

All parties will now collaborate on content with the Olympic Channel.

"We are excited to welcome these three federations to the Olympic Channel," said Mark Parkman, general manager of the Olympic Channel.

"We look forward to working together in our collective efforts to help expand the reach of these sports through the creation and distribution of content to fans worldwide."

In 2017, the Olympic Channel will present nearly 500 live transmissions across 190 events in coordination with its partners to audiences around the globe.

Recent events include live streaming coverage for multi-sport events such as the The World Games 2017 and World Championships in 3x3 basketball, archery, badminton, boxing, sport climbing and wrestling.

World Skate has also signed an agreement ©Getty Images
World Skate has also signed an agreement ©Getty Images

The International Association of Athletics Federations and International Volleyball Federation are now the only Summer Olympic International Federations not to have struck a deal with the Channel.

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

The platform is a key part of the Olympic Movement’s push to engage more young people and spark interest in Olympism all year-round.

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

International Olympic Committee members unanimously approved the Channel - which has a fully-funded budget of $490 million (£384 million/€437 million) for its first seven years - at the 127th IOC Session in Monte Carlo.