Belgium’s free-to-air broadcaster RTL has been unveiled as the broadcaster for the upcoming FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers event in Valencia, Spain.

The coverage of the Qualifiers, which will take place from January 13 to 21, 2024, will cover all Belgian men and women’s matches, with the men’s team being the current Olympic champions.

Vincenzo Ciuro, head of RTL sports, said: “I am very pleased with this exceptional and strategic partnership.

“Alongside our experts Emilie Sinia and Maxime Luycx, all the RTL teams will aim to guarantee hockey and sports enthusiasts unrivalled coverage of our Red Lions and Red Panthers, allowing live coverage on RTL club and our streaming platform RTL play, analysis, exclusive interviews, and relays on all our media, TV, Radio, Digital.

“All this against the backdrop of a qualification for the Paris Olympics, an international event of sporting and human excellence.”

FIH president Tayyab Ikram added: “It's really great to sign such an agreement with a major free-to-air broadcaster in the country which has become such a powerhouse in world hockey! I’m sure that this will be highly appreciated by all hockey fans – and sport fans at large – in Belgium and grow the exposure of our wonderful sport even further.”

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Earlier this week the FIH also announced a deal with Malaysian free-to-air (FTA) broadcaster RTM, making them the domestic broadcaster for the FIH Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup.

That 16-team event is being held in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur between December 5 and 16.

In early November, the FIH unveiled a new video subscription offering, the FIH+ pass, that will allow hockey fans worldwide access to tournaments such as the men's FIH Hockey Pro League.