IOC awards Olympic broadcast rights to Qatar's beIN Media

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The International Olympic Committee has awarded broadcast rights in the Middle East and North Africa from 2018-2024 to Qatar's beIN Media Group.

The IOC said Monday the deal would cover the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, and Olympics in 2022 and 2024. The IOC hasn't yet chosen hosts for 2022 and 2024.

The beIN Media Group acquired Al Jazeera's sports channels in 2013. Its sports arm now has 36 channels worldwide, broadcasting in North America, Europe and Asia, as well as the Middle East and North Africa.

BeIN already shows Spanish, Italian and French soccer leagues in the United States and Canada.

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