Olympics: Flemish-language public service broadcaster VRT has agreed a sublicensing deal with media giant Discovery Communications to secure rights to the next two editions of the Olympic Games. The arrangement will cover February’s Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, as well as the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, Japan.
Rugby: Pay-TV broadcaster BeIN Sports has retained the French rights to the Betfred Super League. The Qatar-based network will continue to show the northern hemisphere’s top-tier rugby league competition for another two years until the end of the 2019 season.
Wheelchair basketball: German car giant Mercedes has been unveiled as an official partner of this year’s Wheelchair Basketball World Championship, which takes place between 16th and 26th August in Hamburg, Germany.
Golf: John Deere and golf’s Ladies European Tour have announced an extension of their partnership, which will see the manufacturing company continue as the tour’s official supplier of golf course maintenance equipment including mowers, tractors and utility vehicles.
Chess: Forex broker Alpari has extended its partnership with Russian chess player Sergey Karjakin, who holds the record for being the world’s youngest grandmaster, having been awarded the World Chess Federation’s (FIDE) highest title at the age of 12 years and seven months.
Motorsport: The Tour European Rally (TER) series has announced British manufacturer Dmack as its new official tyre partner. The TER was launched in 2016, and features six rallies across Europe.
More motorsport: UK-based production company Pro-Active Broadcast has been appointed to deliver live streaming and TV coverage of the new TCR UK Touring Car Championship, which will stage its first event at Silverstone on 1st April.
Athletics: Global technology brand Garmin will be the official wearable technology partner of the UK’s mass participation Great Run series for a second consecutive year. The new agreement includes the title sponsorship of April’s Great Ireland Run, which will feature 5K, 10K, mini and junior events.