ABU at the Asian Games
The ABU is playing a significant role at the Asian Games currently underway in Jakarta, Indonesia. The 18th Asian Games Jakarta Palembang 2018 began with a grand opening ceremony at the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) Stadium on August 18, 2018.
The ABU Sports Department is delivering Asia’s premier multi-sporting event to free to air broadcasters in small under-developed countries. Some of the these include Timor Leste and Papua New Guniea, and Laos to Mongolia.
RTTL Timor Leste broadcast live the football match between their national squad against UAE on August 16. Timor Leste lost 4-1. After the match the ABU sports received this text message “People are very happy and appreciate the ABU, even Timor Leste lost”. Reaching the un-reached and taking the event to its small and under-developed members still remain a priority and a challenge for the ABU Sports.
The ABU Sports Director Cai Yanjiang said, “beside financial constraints, many broadcasters still lack proper and adequate technical infrastructure and logistics to receive Live feeds.
There are instances where ABU Sports purchased demodulators and ships them to broadcasters during such events. In several cases, Mr Yanjiang added, the ABU subsidises and deliver the events for free”.