The deal means that the EBU will hold the rights to the UWW European and World Championships from 2017-20. The agreement overs media rights in Europe for seven events: four European championships and three World championships – there will be no World Championships in 2020 due to the Tokyo Olympic Games – with men’s and women’s Greco-Roman and Freestyle disciplines contested at each event.
“We are delighted to continue our excellent partnership with the EBU, a prestigious and very well established media consortium in Europe. This gives a unique possibility for Greco-Roman, Freestyle Wrestling and Women’s Wrestling to grow into new markets and continue the recent and positive development of our fantastic Olympic sport,” said UWW President Nenad Lalovic
EBU head of indoor sports Ingolfur Hannesson said: “Over the last few years we have experienced how UWW has started to develop and reshape the sport of Wrestling, in order to make it more attractive to athletes, fans and TV viewers in general. We wish to be a part of this journey with the proven EBU multi-service approach. The aim of our partnership is to provide a global platform of continuous growth on the challenging and competitive marketplace of sport and media.”