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Claire Stocks | 11:03 UK time, Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Today feels like another significant milestone on the journey to next year’s Olympics and Paralympics, as the Olympic Park hosts competitive sport for the first time, in the form of the basketball test event.

But this is just one event in a fantastically busy period for Olympic sport; both in terms of domestic test events and international championships.

Some of the test events have been quite low key, for instance the World Junior Rowing Championships at Eton Dorney last month.

Others are big international competitions in their own right, for instance last week’s Hyde Park Triathlon, where GB won gold in both the men’s and women’s race.

London 2012

Britain's Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell, former London Mayor Ken Livingstone and London 2012 organising committee chief Lord Sebastian Coe at the launch of the London 2012 Olympic logo. PHOTO: GETTY

Then there are the international competitions in four big Olympic sports - the World Swimming in Shanghai last month where GB finished fourth in the overall medal table and top European nation, and the World Athletics Championships in Korea, World Rowing (including Paralympic disciplines) in Slovenia and World Road Cycling and World Para Cycling Championships in Denmark all coming up in August & September.

We wanted to share our Olympic sport coverage plans so you can see what is to come.
Below is the text of a media release we will be sending out later.
If you have any questions on our coverage, you can ask them here.


BBC Sport will be bringing viewers all of the key moments from a number of Olympic Sports over the next couple of months as Team GB hopefuls attempt to stake a claim for a place at the London 2012 Olympic Games. There will be coverage across TV, Radio 5 live, BBC Sport online and BBC Red Button.

With many key qualification and test events taking place in August and September, this is a crucial time for many of Britain’s athletes, from all 26 Olympic sports, as they seek winning performances against the best in the world.

A special programme ‘Olympic Countdown’ will be aired on BBC Two, 1300-1730, Sunday 21 August. Clare Balding looks at how London is preparing for the Games. The programme will include:

• Highlights from the finals of the Women’s Beach Volleyball test event, held at Horse Guards Parade. This will include the progress of the two British pairs who are battling it our to claim Team GB’s one automatic 2012 spot

• The best of the action from the Men’s Road Race (London-Surrey Cycle Classic) as a top international field including Tour de France sprint champion Mark Cavendish test out the Olympic route in competition for the first time

• The key moments from the Basketball test event in the Olympic Park where Team GB, led by NBA star Luol Deng take on China, Serbia, Croatia, Australia and France. Team GB’s final two games, against China (1800, Saturday 20 August) and Australia (1800, Sunday 21 August) will also be streamed live on BBC Red Button

• Brothers Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee, fresh from a gold/bronze finish at the Hyde Park triathlon and women’s winner Helen Jenkins, are back in action in the World Sprint Championships from Lausanne

• Highlights from the Canoe Sprint World Championships in Hungary. World Champion Ed McKeever, Rachel Cawthorn and newcomer Paul Wycherley lead the way for Team GB.

Other coverage includes:

• Sailing: The Olympic Test Regatta: BBC One, 1300-1400, Saturday 20 August. Highlights from the Olympic Sailing test event in Weymouth, where will Britain’s top sailors have been in action against the world’s elite in the 10 Olympic classes

• European Hockey Championships: BBC Red Button and, 20-28 August. England’s men’s and women’s teams in action in Germany in a key event in their build up to 2012. The men are defending champions, while Britain’s women won bronze medals at the World Cup and Champions Trophy in 2010, their most successful year to date

• Equestrian - Euro Eventing: Cross Country, BBC Red Button and, 0925-1500, 27 August; Show Jumping, BBC Red Button and, 1240-1430, 27 August; Euro Eventing, BBC Two 1515-1730 and, 28 August. Reports also on Radio 5 live. Britain defend the team title they have won eight times on the trot

• World Judo Championships: video reports on, 23-28 August. Coverage from Paris as GB’s top judokas Euan Burton, Karina Bryant, Ashley McKenzie and Craig Fallon compete against the world’s best

• World Athletics Championships: live across Radio 5 live and 5 live extra, daily video highlights and live text commentary on, 27 August – 4 September. Action from Korea with Jess Ennis, Mo Farah and Phillips Idowu leading Team GB’s campaign

• World Rowing Championships: BBC One, 1400-1630, Saturday 3 September; BBC Two, 1545-1700, Sunday 4 September. Finals streamed live on and on BBC Red Button (approx 1010-1230, Thursday 1 September; approx 0930-1245, Friday 2 September; approx 0930-1245, Saturday 3 September; approx 1100-1245, Sunday 4 September) and covered on 5 live Sports extra. John Inverdale presents coverage of the World Rowing Championships in Slovenia with special guest and five-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave. Britain will field boats in all the Olympic classes and three of the four Paralympic classes. The 68-strong team will aim to defend four world titles and arrive full of confidence having won 10 medal, including four golds, at last month’s Lucerne World Cup

• Men’s European Basketball Championships: Team GB’s opening five group games will be streamed live on BBC Red Button and as will subsequent games should the team progress. Reports also on Radio 5 live. 31 August-18 September. Having been finally granted a host place at the 2012 Olympic Games by the world governing body earlier this year, GB’s men including NBA star Deng, will be eager to prove they deserve it, as they take on Lithuania, Turkey, Spain, Poland and one other team yet to qualify in their opening five games

• World Canoe Slalom Championships: BBC Two and, 1400-1510, Sunday 18 September

• Triathlon World Series: BBC Red Button, 0530-0750, Friday 9 September; BBC Red Button and, 0630-0850, Sunday 11 September

• Triathlon World Championship Final: BBC One, 1500-1630 and, Saturday 17 September

• European Show Jumping Team Championships: BBC Two and, 1510-1630, Sunday 18 September

• World Road Cycling Championships: BBC Red Button and, 1300-1610, Tuesday 20 September; BBC Red Button and, 1130-1605, Wednesday 21 September; BBC One, 1300-1400 and BBC Red Button and 1230-1615, Saturday 24 September; BBC Two, 1515-1700 and BBC Red Button, 0900-1605 and, Sunday 25 September.

There will be a further edition of British Olympic Dreams on BBC One, 1430-1500 on Saturday 17 September.

Viewers can follow the action from these events and keep up to date with the news in all the Olympic sports at

For the full range of BBC London 2012 content:



  • Comment number 1.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 2.

    Best of luck to all those taking part in the Olympics, wont be watching on TV myself unless the F1 debacle is resolved.

    I`am not wasting money on a TV licence if we can only see highlights of the non live F1 races. Theirs nothing else apart from news and weather that i use the TV for and tbh i prefer the internet for news nowdays anyway.

    Good luck Team to GB for 2012.

  • Comment number 3.

    Is it true that the BBC are considering joint 2016 Olympic broadcasts with terrestrial rivals ITV and/or Channel 4?

    Strange that, considering the BBC went out of their way to kill-off Channel 4's bid for F1, by jumping into bed with Sky.

  • Comment number 4.

    Ignoring the F1 comments (if the blog on that is closed, wait until the next one because its off topic here), can you explain why the BBC chose not to show live coverage of the Cycling last weekend?

    Additionally, why is the Rowing being packaged into highlights packages and only being streamed live online on the Sat/Sun?

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    @3 - From the reports I have seen in the media today it would appear that the BBC is definately considering sharing the 2016 Olympic coverage with either ITV, Ch4 or Ch5 rather than sharing with Sky as it has chosen to do for the F1.

    Is this because it considers the Olympics to be of more cultural value than the F1? It can't be about viewing figures.

    Leaving aside the questions about why the BBC can seemingly no longer afford to show sport properly (and I accept that some of those reasons might be due to the rising cost of the sports events themselves, but only some) then how it chooses to go about dividing the spoils is of great importance to the viewer. The BBC doesn't seem to be taking this into account at this point in time, having destroyed F1 coverage in the UK and then ignoring the fans who are rightly upset by it.

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    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 12.

    @8 - actually you'd have been happier if the BBC had left the correct blogs open, but then you probably never would have realised the strength of feeling on the F1 issue - the BBC have actually widened the arena of discussion by trying to censor us, d'oh!! Sorry for having to bore non F1 fans with this but blame the BBC for closing down the blogs for our issue, not us for trying to be heard anyway.

    As an aside, I don't think you will have to wait the full 7 years for F1 to be off the BBC altogther.....

  • Comment number 13.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 14.

    I do love the Olympics, but I also must use this blog to call on Ben Gallop to reopen his blog.

    I have emailed the BBC every day asking them to reopen Ben Gallops blog to stop F1 taking over every blog, but he is taking a digital exile. Do not blame us, blame them who sold F1 to Sky and soon the Olympics to ITV, C4 or 5.

  • Comment number 15.

    A post to respond to the initial queries, but first an apology as we mistakenly omitted an event from our list:

    We will be covering the Burghley Horse Trials from 1-4 September 2011: this is an Olympic qualifying event and will be broadcast on BBC 2 and on from 14.00 to 15.45 on Sunday 4 September 2011.

    The date for the sailing programme was given as Saturday 21st August, this has been amended in the post above to Saturday 20th August.

    The cycling road race was not shown live because, after several discussions with the London 2012 organisers, we could not find a way to resolve the large costs required to stage an event of the scale of the road race, where live TV production costs would have run some way into six figures. Instead we focused our resources on reportage of the event, with footage and interviews shown on BBC News Channel, online and BBC London.

    On the rowing, we will indeed be streaming all the finals sessions live on the red button and online, with extensive Network highlights Saturday & Sunday afternoon.

    To those asking for comment on the 2016 Olympics - am afraid we cannot answer questions on rights discussions as this is a commercially sensitive area.

    To those wishing to discuss our F1 coverage, we will not be discussing that subject here, our house rules do ask posters to keep on topic. If you do wish to make a formal complaint about the F1 announcement you can do so at the BBC Complaints website (

  • Comment number 16.

    Presmably if the olympic coverage proves popular then the BBC will try and give half of it to sky.

  • Comment number 17.

    Dear 606 host (how nice, another closed part of BBC Online: 606),

    We already made formal complaints, now we want a forum for discussion on a BBC blog. So, reopen Ben Gallops blog. Or do I also have to make a formal complaint for that.

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    I have asked the moderators who this "606 Sport Host" is, we are now answered by anonymous BBC staff.

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    @ 606 Sport Hosts

    As others have said, we have complained numerous times, but you, the BBC are not addressing the complaint, replying to it with a standard responce, that refers to a closed blog does not address the problem, it compounds it.

    Until the problem has been properly addressed and rectified by the BBC our complaints will continue.

    If you dont want the subject being raised in this or other blogs, reopen Gallops original blog, thats the one with 8400+ compliants you have yet to answer.

  • Comment number 24.

    Just to remind the BBC the argument is actually only over TEN HOURS OF TV, the difference between showing the non live races in full, rather than highlights.

    Unless the BBC actually shut the transmitters down (unlikely) during that tens hours the savings they are looking at would be miniscule, but the effect on the sport MASSIVE.

  • Comment number 25.

    @Rob-T Actually, the BBC is looking at closing BBC Two and maybe One at nighttime to save an additional million pounds. The current management is totally out of touch with the real world.

  • Comment number 26.

    I am delighted the BBC is showing all this Olympic Sport. It would be a shame if they had to share coverage but this is how it used to be so I can live with that.

    As far as Formula 1 is concerned, it has been successful for the BBC but is expensive. I think given the sports avarice it is fairly inevitable that this would become the next "premier league" and unaffordable to terrestrial broadcasters. It is a shame but the Beeb can't show everything and given the circumstances I think they do very well in general on the sport they manage to cover.

    Sadly, unless everyone decided to ditch Sky Sports en masse, the proliferation of pay sport will continue

  • Comment number 27.

    Savva, the crux of the argument is that the BBC sidled with Sky in order to "workaround" the Concorde Agreement and block other free to air channels having full coverage of the F1. They then presented the deal to us as "absolutely delightful" (Barbara Slater) and "the best deal for the license payer" (Ban Gallop).

    The best deal would in-fact be for the BBC to relinquish all F1, allowing Channel 4 to show all races live, and saving a fortune in the process. Yes we all agree that BBC give the best F1 coverage, but C4 coverage, even with adverts, is better for the fans than half a season.

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    @ Piet Boon

    I would have thought it would make far more sense to close transmission down for say 8 hours a night rather than reduce coverage of award winning programes.

    I realise reducing transmission time by 1/3rd wouldnt lead to a direct 1/3rd reduction in costs, but it would allow substantial savings without affecting that many licence payers, who would be well servered by the other terrestrial channels that transmit 24/7.

  • Comment number 29.

    @Rob-T they are doing both reductions

  • Comment number 30.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 31.

    @606 Host (#15): follow up, that I promised. I understand full well that you are streaming the rowing finals on the website/red button, but why can't they be on the mainstream BBC2 channel instead of yet another repeat of a programme? It is clear the investment is being made to carry the action 'live', so why not put it on a mainstream channel?

  • Comment number 32.

    BBC have removed my post - very funny. What about my human rights for freedom of expression and speech? Guess they won't post this either...

  • Comment number 33.

    @15 606 Sport Hosts and others

    Apologies for the inconvenience but isn't that true of the majority of protests if you are not directly involved in them oneself (irrespective of whether one has some sympathy for the reasons for the protest or not)?

    It should be noted that there is no competition with the Olympics (or any other BBC coverage for that matter) at all in the minds of the main bulk of those that have raised their concerns and the issues are far more wide reaching than just 'disappointment' at losing a popular programme.

    As Roger Mosey himself has pointed out, the budget for the Olympics is completely separate, has been in place for many years and the 'cuts' primarily affect post-2012. This should therefore be the case for F1 which had a contract for 2012 which has been torn up and replaced by a deal which is to the detriment of the licence payer (instigated by the BBC). The argument that no FTA company could outbid the likes of Sky and it was therefore inevitable just doesn't hold water as Sky could bid double what all the FTA companies bid put together and still be unsuccessful (due to the Concord Agreement) unless they are let in through the back-door using a legal loophole - this is what this deal is. The burying of comment and debate on these issues (forcing the need to use these blogs), the non-response from the BBC and the 'run them around in circles' tactics employed in the complaints procedures are instrumental in causing anger amongst hitherto loyal BBC supporters such as myself.

    Again, apologies for the inconvenience and the restating of some of the issues with regards to the F1 debacle on this (and other) blogs, but I feel it is important that you realise that this perceived 'invasion' is not with the intention of getting something we want at the expense of what you want - our argument is with the BBC over the handling of this whole sorry business and as a result may, in the future, make them think twice about their actions when a similar situation arises in a sport that you care about.

  • Comment number 34.

    Dear Claire,

    Is this blogpost pre-moderated or is it also retrospectively moderated. Does the BBC has money to moderate every entry twice?

  • Comment number 35.

    Ah I see censorship is alive and well on this blog at least - I thought the BBC had had a change of heart since they had begun to leave blogs open and be a little less severe with their moderation techniques. Glad to see the BBC keeping its end up here though by moderating away perfectly reasonable comments. I was probably off topic I suppose, but where is the consistancy? Most of these comments are off topic and will continue to be until you reopen the correct blogs.

    We are at least keeping the moderation team in work, they don't have much to do with our money most of the time....

  • Comment number 36.

    Twitter update:

    @xxx: @radiolemans is Ben Gallop (BBC head of F1) due to be on the midweek show today?

    @radiolemans: @xxx he has not come back to us so far.

    Looks like Ben is set to miss his slot on Radio Lemans tonight, without even the courtesy of replying to them. ASB?

  • Comment number 37.

    Great Britain will be playing 5 games in the first round of EuroBasket, just like everyone else, so you might want to look at the plans to show three games plus more 'should the team progress'. 5 is a cast iron certainty.

  • Comment number 38.

    For goodness sake. Would the 606 Sports Hosts @ 15 please realise that we have complained - and complained - and complained through official BBC channels and we have been met with a standard response which tells us nothing and answers none of our questions.

    Perhaps you could tell me how much longer the BBC are going to keep re-directing us to useless channels of complaint before someone actually does something positive for all those currently complaining?

  • Comment number 39.

    I tried to get tickets to these basketball events, but they were all sold out. Now I see that the 12,000 people stadium is empty!!! What is going on???

  • Comment number 40.

    @38 Zebbers - of course they realise that we have complained multiple times. They are just repeating the party line which they have been told to take in the hope that we will get bored of complaining about this issue.

    They will never engage with us on the topic we actually want to discuss as of course this conveniently an off-topic issue on this blog, because the correct blogs have been closed by them. This means they are not obliged to discuss it at all which is what they want.

    Unfortunately, come Spa, some new F1 blogs will appear (if only to be closed early) where we will be able at least to be on topic....

  • Comment number 41.

    Richyyy (@# 37) - I have amended the copy above - you are right of course, five group games for the men. Thanks for pointing it out.

  • Comment number 42.

    @606SportHosts the better e-mail address you can use to appeal to the BBC Trust regarding BBC/Sky F1 deal is:
    That is only for people who already complaint and were unhappy with the reply - as most of the posters above already did.


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