In March of 2013, Mexican magnate Carlos Slim secured Latin American broadcast rights to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. At the time, the International Olympic Committee announced that America Movil – the Mexican telecommunications company controlled by Slim – had been awarded the rights to the tournament on media platforms across the continent.
“They demonstrated a clear passion for the Olympic values and are excited about the Games coming to Latin America in 2016,” IOC finance commission chairman Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico said at the time. “We believe this is a great deal for our stakeholders.”
“In 2016 the Olympic Games in Rio will be a significant moment in Olympic history, and we are very pleased to have reached this important agreement to ensure fans across the continent are able to have the best broadcast experience of the games,” added at the time IOC President Jacques Rogge.
In a very exciting new development, Arturo Elías Ayub, director of Uno TV and Claro Sports, just announced that Rio 2016 action will be transmitted *totally free* online at clarosports.com.
That’s right – everyone will be able to tune in to watch their country compete this summer.
In a telephone interview with Mexican outlet Radio Formula, Elías Ayub stated that unlike other editions of the games, the Olympic will be available on Claro Sports through any device that has internet access, free of charge in all Latin America.
“The Olympic Games is something that you cannot negate to any Latin American fan,” he added. Rio 2016 looks like it’s well on its way to becoming the most-watched games in history.