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A new season of sport kicks off on BBC World News


BBC_WNewsWith the FIFA Women’s World Cup kicking off in Canada recently, BBC World News TV and bbc.com/sport are geared up to bring audiences a truly global perspective on a season of sport.

From football to Formula One, rugby to basketball and tennis to golf, the BBC’s international news services will be on hand to bring global audiences the action, expertise and analysis as well as capturing the passion of fans.

Popular sporting shows such as Sport Today and Football Focus will have top interviews with former Open Golf champions Tom Watson and Greg Norman and football’s Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal, Chile), plus dedicated previews, highlights and specialist analysis of the most important moments in sport this season. Meanwhile audiences can also follow all the summer’s action with BBC Sport online with dedicated pages for all the sporting action, live text commentary of all the major events along with video, clips, news headlines, gossip and analysis. People can also follow the best of the sports on offer on Twitter and Facebook.


As the FIFA Women’s World Cup gets under way, BBC Global Sport VJ Alex South will report from host cities around Canada and BBC Sport presenter Jacqui Oatley will lead audiences through the tournament with special Football Focus programmes on Friday, 19 and Friday, 26 June, and Friday, 3 July. Oatley will bring viewers the latest news and interviews as the teams do battle to secure the title. In addition, Sarah Mulkerrins’ Five Guides to the World Cup will be available on BBC World News TV, online and on BBC World News social media accounts, giving audiences added insight and footballing wisdom in manageable chunks. There’ll be something for everyone, with a Favourites Guide, Players Guide, Fans Guide, Tournament Guide and Experts Guide.

Fans awaiting the Copa America can whet their appetite with an exclusive interview with Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez on Football Focus on Friday, 12 June (Football Focus Special: Alexis Sanchez Uncovered at 10:30 CAT and 22:30 CAT and on Saturday, 13 June at 09:30 CAT). The programme travels to Chile to meet those who influenced him most and visit the small town of Tocopilla, the isolated fishing port which has become known the world over thanks to its most famous son. Also, as the competition kicks off in Chile, Richard Padula and Mani Djazmi team up for daily updates from the match venues. Viewers can catch their reports on Sport Today to recap the matches and assess the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar, James Rodriguez and Luis Suarez as they battle it out to reach the Saturday, 4 July final in Santiago.

As the build-up to the European football season intensifies, BBC World News will produce a series of online guides to take fans through everything from the Premier League to Serie A and Bundesliga to La Liga. BBC World News will also carry match highlights from Germany’s Bundesliga, and results from all the major European football leagues. In addition, Sport Today will show sports news features on the top clubs and players, and analysis from our roster of football experts.


As the season hots up, BBC World News will serve up highlights from all the major matches. Wimbledon returns to the All England Club, taking place from Monday, 29 June to Sunday, 12 July and BBC Sport News presenter John Watson will report live from London, chasing down the best stories and interviews from this key event. Tennis fans can also look forward to the US Open from Monday, 31 August with highlights and recaps from the action at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on BBC World News.

Formula One

Followers of Formula One can also expect to be kept up to date with every race throughout the summer, including the British Grand Prix from Friday, 3 to Sunday, 5 July. BBC World News will have highlights of the action as well as updates on practices, qualifying, and race days with access to driver interviews.


Sport Today Extra will be in the presence of golfing royalty this summer as the team interview golfing legends and former Open champions, Tom Watson and Greg Norman on Saturday, 11 July and Saturday, 8 August respectively. Audiences will also be able to witness the highs and lows of the 144th Open Golf Championship, live from St Andrews from Thursday, 16 to Sunday, 19 July on BBC World News TV.


The biggest events in cycling and cricket get underway in July, with the Tour de France commencing on Saturday, 4 July and the Ashes series between England and Australia starting in Cardiff on Wednesday, ,8 July. BBC World News will have previews and interviews throughout both events and will analyse the day’s stage in Tour de France and offer daily end of play wrap-ups for the Ashes series until the final test in August.


Channel favourite The Spirit of Yachting returns on Saturday, 8 August, celebrating the 63rd edition of the Giraglia Rolex Cup. The fleet will gather in the chic harbour of Saint-Tropez for three days of inshore competition before embarking on a 243-nautical mile offshore race to Genoa, Italy. The action then moves to the Rolex Fastnet Race from Cowes to Plymouth in the UK as BBC World News continues to bring audiences the most exciting events in the world of sailing and the human stories behind the action.


BBC World News will also help athletics fans keep up to date with the latest news from the World Athletics Championships in Beijing from Saturday, 22 to Sunday, 30 August. The channel will also cover the 14 meets of the Diamond League throughout the summer, with highlights from every meet until its conclusion in Brussels on Friday, 11 September.


The summer of sport draws to a close with the Rugby World Cup from Friday, 18 September to Friday, 30 October in London. With highlights from all the matches, BBC Global Sport VJ Alex South will again be out and about with the nations, producing online guides and gathering fans’ reactions to the tournament.

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