announces new athletics presentation and commentary team for 2003
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.
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.
Jackson and Jonathan Edwards will join the team as the season progresses.
Sport will be following the fortunes of Britain's athletes right
through to the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
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.
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).
the action from the London Marathon on 14 April and the Great
North Run on 21 September will also be captured live on BBC
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
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
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.
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."
TWO coverage times for the Indoor athletics season
BBC's digital services are now available on Freeview,
the new free-to-view digital terrestrial television service, as well
as on satellite and cable.
offers the BBC's eight television channels, as well as six BBC radio
THREE will become available when it goes on air on 9 February 2003.