Pandas sent by China arrive in Qatar ahead of World Cup and other sports events as Beijing and Doha take their rivalry to another level
Qatar’s largest television chain has begun broadcasting live sports matches from the Olympic and Asian Games as part of its preparations for the 2022 World Cup.
China Television, which has a total of three channels in the region, will broadcast 24 games during the month of August alone, which will cover almost 200 channels across the world.
The network has also announced plans to broadcast live matches from the Asian Games at the same time, which will take place in December.
The network plans to broadcast the first two games on August 6 and September 1.
On their official website, the TV network said it is “launching an ambitious expansion of live games broadcasting” and a “global sports network”.
The channel already broadcast live television of Olympic Games in the summer of 2012 and in the winter of 2014.
In 2015, China Television became the first broadcaster in the Middle East and Africa to broadcast live games in the Olympic Summer and Winter Olympic Games.
In the event of the World Cup, China Television said that it will broadcast matches of the five teams participating in the tournament as well as other football, basketball, volleyball and speed skating events.
The games will also be broadcast live on China’s state-operated broadcaster CCTV-1.
Earlier this month, Beijing Television Co Ltd and Doha’s MBC Sport Media Group signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly run a national coverage channel with China Television for the 2022 World Cup, which will take place in Qatar.
The agreement covers the broadcast of all five matches of the World Cup, along with coverage of other events such as the basketball tournament in Beijing, the speed boat regattas in Doha and volleyball matches in Doha.
In addition to the broadcast of the World Cup, a live website will be launched at the end of March to cover the event and other sporting events that take place in Qatar during the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
According to Beijing Television, the agreement with MBC Sport Media Group will also cover coverage of the Asian Games in December to help deliver “in-depth coverage, world class facilities, and an enhanced fan experience” to the 2022 World Cup.