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