BBC to air Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games

Monday, April 26 2010, 09:49 BST

By Andrew Laughlin,

The BBC has agreed a rights deal to broadcst live and exclusive coverage from the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games later in the year.

From October 3 to 14, the BBC will carry all the action from the XIX Commonwealth Games in the Indian city on its television channels, radio networks and online services.

In a mixed-media approach, the corporation will also make coverage available on mobile and video on-demand platforms, with more details to follow.

BBC Sport head of major events Dave Gordon said: "We're delighted to have exclusive rights for the UK to broadcast this year's Commonwealth Games, the first ever to be hosted in India.

"The Games mark another step for athletes across the world as they prepare for the 2012 Olympics in London. We have a rich history of covering the Commonwealth Games and are looking forward to bringing the best of the action to the UK public."

Delhi 2010 Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi added: "We are delighted to reach an agreement with the BBC for extensive coverage of our Games across the whole of the UK."

The 2010 Commonwealth Games will mark the first time that the event has been held in India and the second time that it has been staged in Asia, after Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 1998.