We got the scoop from Director General Ian Logan, Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi and sports journalist Philip Barker.
Game plan for sports broadcasting and rights’ holders
The lucrative business of sports broadcasting and media rights has taken an extended time-out. Kimi Kranz, vice president of media sales and operations at Infront Sports & Media, hopes the sports world will kick off again in May or June. “As soon as there is live content again—on TV, on platforms—people will be happy to re-subscribe if they’ve canceled their subscriptions or will just be happy to watch again,” he says. “And for us, it will mean coming back to our daily bread and butter.”
Fresh spotlight on Lucerne’s Winter Universiade 2021
The Winter Universiade is the largest multidisciplinary competition for winter sports outside of the Olympics, and the next tournament is scheduled for Lucerne in January 2021. Mike Kurt, the president of the Swiss University Sports Federation, sees the event as “an unbelievable opportunity” since it may be the first multisport gathering after the coronavirus crisis.
With Euro 2020 now canceled, will the Summer Olympic Games be next?
UEFA announced today that is postponing Euro 2020 because of the coronavirus crisis. The quadrennial European football championships were originally supposed to take place from June 12 to July 12 across 12 countries to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the tournament. The Nyon-based UEFA said the event, one of the most prestigious in international football, will now be held from June 11 to July 11, 2021. Sports correspondent Matt Leighton explains what this means for the other major sporting event this year, the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Will the Games begin? Billions at risk for Tokyo 2020
In the world of sports, it’s the question on everyone’s mind: Will coronavirus lead to the cancellation of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo? With the Games still more than four months away, it’s too early to say. But one thing is certain, the stakes are high and there’s no plan B, says CNNMoney Switzerland’s Matt Leighton.
Off the racecourse, White Turf goes green
The menu at this year’s horse races featured more vegan and vegetarian options, a sign that the trend toward a meat-free diet is catching on even at one of Switzerland’s oldest sporting traditions. In another change, food stations replaced waiters.
At White Turf, the snow must go on
Several million liters of water have been pumped out of Lake St. Moritz to make snow for Switzerland’s most lucrative equestrian event with half a million francs in prize money. But unseasonably warm weather still forced the cancellation of the skijoring race on the first weekend of White Turf. Exclusive to St. Moritz, the race draws tens of thousands of well-heeled fans to the Swiss resort town to see riders on skis pulled by thoroughbreds around the frozen lake. Organizers have been taking extra precautions since 2017, when a fissure in the ice caused the fatal fall of one horse.
How is the Olympic family getting on with each other at the Lausanne 2020 Youth Games?
We got the scoop from Director General Ian Logan, Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi and sports journalist Philip Barker