Geneva, 24 August 2012 – The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the Fédération Internationale des Luttes Associées (FILA) have signed a new media rights agreement covering all FILA World and European Wrestling Championships from 2013 to 2016 inclusive.
The new contract covers media rights in Europe for seven championships: four European and three Worlds (there will be no World Championships in 2016 owing to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games), with men's and women's Greco-Roman and Freestyle disciplines contested at each event.
And it makes the EBU the worldwide distribution partner for all FILA events on different platforms, inside and outside Europe. The EBU will also assist FILA in media rights sales.
FILA and the EBU have enjoyed a close partnership since 1988, but this latest deal will extend that shared history to 28 years.
FILA President Raphael Martinetti said: "We are pleased to continue our excellent partnership with the EBU, the strongest media consortium in Europe. This gives a unique possibility for Greco-Roman and Freestyle Wrestling to grow into new markets and continue the recent and positive development of our fantastic Olympic sport."
EBU Head of Indoor Sports Ingolfur Hannesson added: "This long-standing cooperation is driven by the excellent FILA organization their Championships and the recent multi-services approach of the EBU. This approach provides sports federations with a platform of continuous growth within the challenging and competitive marketplace of sports and media.
(Source : European Broadcasting Union)