By Paul Osborne

Supersport and BTV have been awarded the broadcasting rights for the 2014 African Youth Games ©Gabarone2014March 6 - South African sports broadcaster Supersport and Botswana Television (BTV) have acquired the television rights to broadcast this year's Africa Youth Games set for Gaborone, Botswana.

The announcement was made by the Minister of Youth, Sport and Culture Shaw Kgathi during an address at the Botswana Parliament today.

"The Games will be broadcast live in most if not all the African countries, through Botswana Television and Supersport," he said.

The deal was negotiated by the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) who owned the television rights of the competition on behalf of the Botswana Africa Youth Games Organising Committee (BAYGOC).

BTV was said to be the initial broadcaster targeted by the competition organisers, with Supersport later pursued in order to maximise the Games' reach across various African nations.

Details of the agreement are still being negotiated however it is expected that each broadcaster will show live coverage of the event, including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Tuelo Serufho, chief executive officer, Botswana Africa Youth Games Organizing Committee told the Botswana Gazette: "We have agreed in principle with both channels."

He added: "They both showed an interest in televising the competition.

"We are at the tail end of our negotiations; we expect to reach an official understanding soon."

The 2014 African Youth Games are the second edition of the Games following its inauguration in Rabat, Morocco in 2010.

The Games are due to take place between May 22 and 31 with 2,500 athletes from 54 countries expected to compete in 21 sports.

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