Sailing wins IOC
gold for Tokyo 2020 coverage
gold for sailing at Golden Rings Awards following wins for Beijing 2008 and
Sailing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has
won Gold in the Best Coverage by the Host Broadcaster category of the
International Olympic Committee (IOC) Golden Rings Awards.
Producer Henry Mok and director Leon Sefton received the award for providing an
outstanding race experience for millions of viewers around the world via
Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS), which produces the live television, radio
and digital coverage for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Using on-board cameras to capture the highs and lows of each class, along with
the athleticism and determination of the athletes, viewers got the ultimate
This is now the third time sailing has won gold in this Golden Rings Awards
category, following Beijing 2008 and London 2012.
David Graham, World Sailing CEO, said, "Filming sailing is unique. The idiosyncrasies, the adrenaline and
the fiercely competitive nature of our sport can be difficult to capture and
convey to the audience. All credit goes to OBS - they did a tremendous job and
while their new innovations clearly added extra complexity and workload for
them, it made a huge difference, particularly the onboard cameras they could control
remotely from their dedicated network and equipping our athletes with
"These aspects really brought oursport alive for million of viewers. We
are indebted to OBS and particularly their sailing team for these extra efforts - it has had
a hugely positiveimpact on our sport, and will do for years to come. A well-deserved
gold, thankyou OBS!"
Sailing at the Tokyo 2020 Games also marked the debut
of SAP Sailing Analytics to provide added depth to live broadcasts. The
wind-based leaderboard and GPS tracking gave the opportunity for fans around
the world to follow the races in real-time with greater accuracy and a broader
range of statistics and insights to draw from. The SAP platform was featured by
more than 30 rights holding broadcasters around the world and gave commentators
access to the live data to enrich the viewing experience.
Speaking at the ceremony, IOC President Thomas Bach, said, "The Olympic
Games Tokyo 2020 were the most engaged Olympic Games ever and another landmark
moment in sports broadcasting history. Through the IOC’s partnerships with leading media companies around the world, we are
able to share the magic of the Olympic Games to inspire billions of people.
"Our close partnership with our broadcasters is a great reflection that we can only
go faster, we can onlyaim higher, we can only become stronger, if we work together – in solidarity.
"There were more submissions for the Golden Rings Awards than ever
before, and the breadth, diversity and creativity of the production is testament to the
passion andcommitment of the individuals who work with us to broadcast the
The Golden Rings Awards is a prestigious international
competition organised by the IOC to promote and award excellence in the
broadcasting of the Olympic Games.
The winners were selected by an international jury headed by IOC Member Anant
Singh, who is a leading professional in the film and media industries, Chair of
the IOC Communications Commission and a member of the IOC's Olympic Channel
Commission and the Digital & Technology Commission.
The awards ceremony took place in the IOC’s headquarters, Olympic House, in Lausanne, where the IOC is
currently hosting a series of IOC commission meetings.
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