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By ARU Media Unit
Multiple Olympic medallist Susie O’Neill has expressed her delight that the new agreement between the International Olympic Committee and the Seven Network to broadcast the Olympic Games in Australia will also encompass the Youth Olympic Games.
O’Neill, as Chef de Mission, departs Australia for Nanjing next Wednesday with the 2014 Australian Youth Olympic Team - a squad of 89 athletes across 23 sports that will feature the Australian Women’s Rugby Sevens team.
“It is great that with Channel 7 securing the Olympic Broadcast rights they are also supporting Youth sport,” O’Neill said.
“They could easily only show popular Olympic events, but the fact they will broadcast highlights package every day shows they are committed to sport in general. Who knows, they may even help nurture future Olympians.”
Seven will broadcast a YOG Highlights package on 7mate (Channel 73) daily from 17 – 29 August 2014. During the week the highlights will be programmed for 12pm on Channel 73 across the country. The time of the highlights varies on the weekend and checking local guides for the program time is recommended.
“It is certainly an added bonus for youth sport!” O’Neill said on Seven’s commitment to promote not only the event but also the Olympic pillars for culture and education.
“And it would be great for school kids to watch it during school time to inspire even more children to get involved in sport.”
The IOC will provide live and video on demand (VOD) coverage of select sports via its digital platforms,www.olympic.org and youtube.com/olympic as well as a new channel olympic.tv, available from 14 August 2014.
There will also be a mobile app featuring live and VOD - for download on IOS and Android. In addition, there will be three daily highlights packages.
“It is good to see the IOC embrace technology and broadcast live sport via their digital platforms,” Madame Butterfly said.
“This gives access to so many more people to watch than would have been possible in the past.”
The IOC digital coverage includes the following sports in which Australians are competing – Athletics, Gymnastics, Swimming, Badminton, Hockey, Boxing, Table Tennis, Archery, Rugby Sevens, Tennis, Beach Volleyball, Judo and Wrestling.
The Youth Team descend on Sydney on Tuesday 12 August for a pre departure camp and the naming of the Team Flagbearer, before flying to Nanjing, China on Wednesday 13 August.
The Australian Women’s Youth Olympic Rugby Sevens team, led by co-captains Tiana Penitani and Brooke Anderson, play Tunisia first up on 17 August at 11am AEST, before facing hosts China later that day at 6pm AEST. The following day they play a strong American outfit at 11am AEST and then Spain at 7pm AEST. The team round out the pool stages with a game against Canada at midday on 19 August with the medal matches later that day.
The Australian Youth Sevens Training Squads for the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games gathered at the Sydney Academy of Sport in Narrabeen over the weekend, with boys and girls enjoying a three-day selection camp.