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Sports Conference Nursultan, June 2019

Sports broadcasters gathered in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan for ABU Sports Group Conference

The 64th ABU Sports Group Conference and Associated meetings saw renewed calls from broadcasters to enhance further cooperation. The conference acknowledged that sports broadcasting continues to evolve, often posing serious challenges to broadcasters in terms of increasing rights fee especially, the premium sports and events.


The meeting called for the need to work closely with the union, share information and enhance communications. The conference also highlighted the relevance of national pool and even regional to help address the challenges and concerns.


Delivering the opening remarks, the Acting Chairman of the ABU Sports, Mr Kimoon Lee of KBS Korea, said it is time for broadcasters to reflect upon and plan well ahead of time.


The first Deputy Chairman of the Board of QAZSPORTS, Mr Kurmanbek Zhumagali said the conference comes at an appropriate time, as countries in the central Asia are struggling and planning for the up-coming sporting events, including Tokyo 2020.


The Secretary General of ABU, Dr Javad Mottaghi said negotiating for rights is a demanding task confronting broadcasters everywhere in an increasingly unpredictable market.


The Director of the ABU Sports Mr Cai Yanjiang sports broadcasting saw tremendous changes in the past decade. He highlighted the need to expand broadcast rights to a whole range of media including the future media, which may take shape in 5G era.


The two-day conference in Nur-Sultan also saw presentations on Asian Electronic Sports Federation to Match Poker, The World Karate Federation, the Paralympic, and the Kazakhstan Ethnosports Association.


The conference in Kazakhstan elected Mr Kimoon Lee of KBS Korea as the new Chairperson of the Sports ABU Spots Group, and new members to the sports committees. TVB Hong Kong and DD India have been elected to the Finance Committee,. The two replaces NHK Japan and TVNZ New Zealand. While RTM Malaysia and TPT Thailand have been re-elected to the Broadcast Rights Committee for another two year term. The conference also elected three new members QAZSPORTS Kazakhstan, CCTV China and All India Radio (AIR) to the Broadcast Rights Committee.


The three day conference attended by over 50 delegates was hosted by the QAZSPORTS. The 65th Sports Group Conference and Associated meetings will take place in Tokyo, Japan.

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