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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

 

Australian public broadcaster to air
all remaining World Cup matches

SYDNEY Australia (Xinhua) -- The Australian public broadcaster which stepped in to help air World Cup matches last week, after technical glitches hit online streaming provider Optus, said on Thursday that it would extend its free service for the remainder of the tournament.

The partially government-funded Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) said it would “broadcast all remaining matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup live, free and in HD”, according to a post on its Twitter account.

Optus will continue to broadcast all remaining games of the World Cup in conjunction with SBS, the telecommunications firm said in a statement.

The move comes after playback and buffering problems hit Optus’ services and left many of its subscribers unable to watch the games. A deal was later struck to have SBS air all the matches for free for two days, which was subsequently extended to cover all group stage games.

Optus CEO Allen Lew said “customers have been at the forefront” of its decision to simulcast the World Cup with SBS.

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EARLIER REPORT:

Eleven-year-old makes history as first Mongolian ball carrier at FIFA World Cup

ULAN BATOR Mongolia (Xinhua) -- A 11-year-old boy has created history by becoming the first ever Mongolian to be an official match ball carrier at the FIFA World Cup.

Ulziibat Amar became the first Mongolian to do so before Wednesday’s Group E match between Switzerland and Costa Rica at Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.

As part of an initiative sponsored by one of FIFA’s automotive partners, 64 children between the ages of 10-14 and from different countries have the opportunity to play a key role in the pre-match ceremony by carrying the match ball onto the field of play.

Amar was selected from more than 600 Mongolian children

             

 

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