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IWF and SPORTFIVE renovate partnership for 2024-2028

The IWF and SPORTFIVE have renovated their partnership for the Olympic cycle 2024-2028, thus re-appointing the German-based company as the exclusive media rights agency on a global basis. Under this agreement, SPORTFIVE will be responsible for handling the media international rights (outside the host country) for the IWF World Championships, IWF World Cups, and IWF World Junior Championships during this period.

Following the recent IWF Executive Board meeting in Doha (QAT), where the IWF Grand Prix II is taking place until December 14, four major competitions are already part of this package: in 2024, the IWF World Championships in Manama (BRN), in 2025, the IWF World Championships in Forde (NOR) and the IWF World Junior Championships in Tashkent (UZB), and in 2026 the IWF World Championships in Ningbo (CHN).

Thomas Klingbiel (President Media at SPORTFIVE), Mohammed Jalood (IWF President), Antonio Urso (IWF Secretary General), and Tigran Sirunyan (Executive Vice-President Media at SPORTFIVE)

SPORTFIVE has been firstly appointed by the IWF as exclusive media rights partner for the period 2022-2024.

“Our partnership was very successful, as our events could be seen globally in the last years. We are operating in a very competitive market, but SPORTFIVE’s expertise and experience have been pivotal in getting the images of our sport in the TV screens around the globe,” considered the IWF President Mohammed Jalood.

“The value and quality of our events have also dramatically improved; therefore, we could get a better agreement for the next Olympic cycle, as SPORTFIVE also recognises that the IWF brand will be able to attract more viewers and fans,” Mr Jalood added. “Finally, the recent IOC decision, reinstating our sport in the Olympic programme for the 2028 Los Angeles Games added credibility, reliability and reputation to our International Federation,” the IWF President concluded.

Tigran Sirunyan, Executive Vice-President Media at SPORTFIVE, also expressed his satisfaction with this outcome: “The renewal of our partnership with the IWF for the 2024-2028 period marks a significant milestone. As the exclusive global media rights agency, SPORTFIVE is proud to continue its role in amplifying the reach and impact of IWF’s events. Our commitment to delivering quality media coverage remains unwavering, and we are thrilled to be entrusted with this responsibility once again.”

IWF Communications