Olympic sports need more air time, says Bach

Wed Dec 4, 2013 11:41am EST
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By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) - Most Olympic sports do not get enough television coverage outside the four-yearly Games and need more air time, International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Thomas Bach said on Wednesday.

The recently-appointed president added that he wanted to get "couch potatoes off their couches" and said the IOC would be sympathetic to an African bid for the 2024 games.

Bach also suggested the IOC could set up its own television network to counter the lack of coverage on existing channels.

"The Olympic Sports do not have enough coverage and the Olympic sports need to be promoted also in the time between games," Bach told reporters in a conference call.

"This is part of the youth programme to address youth and make them familiar with the variety."

"One of the solutions could be such a television network and we will discuss this idea in the Executive board.

"I never said I would have the project ready and the finances in the pocket," he added. "What I said is that this is a vision and that I wanted us to explore the viability of this vision."

The German said another priority was to get more young people involved in sport.   Continued...

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach speaks during a news conference in Seoul November 21, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji