Birmingham 2022 brings in IT company NVT as schedule unveiled
The organisers of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games have brought NVT Group, a Scottish IT firm, on board as the official IT services provider of the event in England's second city.
The firm, based in the west of Scotland, will provide all necessary IT services, alongside a yet-to-be secured Birmingham-based partner.
Birmingham 2022 said NVT sees the games as an opportunity to “engage with West Midlands-based technology firms and showcase some of the world’s best integration and management technology."
The firm will use technology which it has employed at several previous sporting events, including the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and golf’s Ryder Cup in Gleneagles the same year, which “instantly identifies where IT support teams are most needed.”
Local IT firms will also be invited by NVT to come and inspect the Technology Operations Centre during the games.
Ian Reid, Birmingham 2022’s chief executive, said: “NVT has a strong reputation in the sports event sector, making it the ideal company to work with to provide the advanced technology infrastructure that is fundamental in delivering a seamless games.”
David Grevemberg, chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation, added: “With a wide range of experience in delivering outstanding IT services for major sport events, NVT will be an outstanding partner while their commitment to providing local IT firms with opportunities is a huge boost to the West Midlands.”
The 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games will take place between 28 July and 8 August.
Yesterday, the sporting schedule for the games was revealed, with Twenty20 cricket, making its first ever appearance at a Commonwealth Games, with a women's competition, set to make its bow on the opening day.
Basketball 3x3 will also feature on the opening day, as will wheelchair basketball.
The main athletics programme at the games will begin on 2 August, allowing athletes who have competed at the 2022 World Athletics Championships in USA, which conclude on 24 July, over a week to recover and travel to England. That will mean a condensed athletics schedule however, with all events taking place over just six days.
It also enables sufficient preparation time for the European Athletics Championships, to be held as part of the multisport European Championships, in Munich in August.
Grevemberg said: “World Athletics and Birmingham 2022 have worked on a schedule to ensure as much rest after the Worlds… I think it will be up to the athletes to determine whether they are able to participate in all of the events or some of the events within their schedule.”
To avoid clashes, the Birmingham 2022 organisers are reported to be consulting with European soccer’s governing body Uefa, as the final of the Uefa Women’s European Championships is due to take place at Wembley Stadium in London on 31 July, with at least 10 sports set to stage events at the Commonwealth Games on the same day.
Reid said his body was “working with broadcasters to ensure we do not have a direct conflict… Speaking with rights holders, when there have been big events taking place on the same day in the past with conflicting schedules, if you get the timing right it can help to maximise the audience.People will watch one event and automatically turn over to the next.”