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29.01.03

SPORT


BBC announces new athletics presentation and commentary team for 2003 and 2004


Olympic legends Michael Johnson, Colin Jackson and Jonathan Edwards are to join BBC Sport's athletics commentary team for its extensive coverage of top-class athletics in 2003 and through to the 2004 Olympics in Athens.


Michael Johnson will join BBC Sport's established team including Steve Cram, Stuart Storey, Brendan Foster, Paul Dickinson, Sally Gunnell and Roger Black for the first time at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Birmingham, starting on 14 March.


Colin Jackson and Jonathan Edwards will join the team as the season progresses.


BBC Sport will be following the fortunes of Britain's athletes right through to the 2004 Olympics in Athens.


Between now and then athletics fans will be able to enjoy major track and field events including the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix on 21 February and the World Indoors Athletics Championships from 14 to 16 March.


BBC Sport's coverage of major athletics events continues this summer with the European Cup from Florence, Italy (21-22 June), the World Athletics Championships from Paris (23-31 August), the AAA Trials (27 July) and the British Grand Prix at Crystal Palace (8 August).


All the action from the London Marathon on 14 April and the Great North Run on 21 September will also be captured live on BBC ONE.


Former Olympic gold medallist Michael Johnson said: "I'm looking forward to working with BBC Sport at the forthcoming World Indoor Athletics Championships and other major championships through to the 2004 Olympics.


"It's an exciting time for British athletics with the likes of Dwain Chambers and Paula Radcliffe leading the way and I'm delighted to be part of the BBC commentary team during the Brits' build up to Athens next year."


Dave Gordon, BBC Sport's Head of Major Events, said: "BBC Sport is fully committed to athletics and we feel we've assembled a terrific team whose knowledge of the international scene is unrivalled.


"We're very excited to be the host broadcaster at another major sporting event, the World Indoor Athletics Championships this March and the BBC Sport team is looking forward to two years of top class competition as we build up to the 2004 Olympics."


Notes to Editors


BBC TWO coverage times for the Indoor athletics season

2 February Glasgow Grand Prix 1.30-4.00pm
21 February Birmingham Grand Prix 7.30-10.00pm
2 March AAA Trials 5.20-6.20pm
14 March World Championships 9.30am-1.30pm
4.00-8.00pm
15 March World Championships 10.30am-1.15pm
4.00pm-7.00pm
16 March World Championships 2.00-5.45pm

 


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