Gulf Cup will be a memorable event: Kakhia
December 12, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Pierre Kakhia: President, World Sport Group

Manama: World Sport Group (WSG) President for West Asia Pierre Kakhia denied reports giving incorrect amount figure of the broadcasting rights of the 21st Gulf Cup, to be held in Bahrain from January 5 to 18 next year.

The Singapore-based firm boss said his company did not make any comments to either national or overseas media representatives in this regards, noting that they were given exclusively to the official Media Committee of the tournament.

Kakhia had announced some details on the televised broadcasting rights to the organising committee media section. He also revealed the TV channels that have bought the telecasting rights of the competition.

They are Bahrain Sports Channel, Al Kass Channel, Abu Dhabi Sports Channel, Dubai Sports Channel, Saudi Sports Channel, Kuwait Sports Channel and Oman TV.

According to Kakhia, there are further negotiations with Line Sport and the Iraq Sports Channel to join the stations coming to Bahrain next month.

"The Gulf Cup is a unique football event and has become very much popular in the Arab and Middle East region," said Kakhia.

"We realised how significant this tournament is to the people of the GCC and the huge interest from media representatives in the Arabian Gulf as he we have received so many requests from all over the area seeking accreditation to the Bahrain event".

"The championship has special meaning to everyone in the hearts of the people here and I can say that this year in Manama it's going to be a very special and memorial edition of the Gulf Cup," added Kakhia.

Kakhia oversees World Sport Group's operations in the Middle East from its Beirut offices. A native to the area, his expertise and relationships here have driven the Group's presence in that region.

Since joining in 1993, Kakhia has been instrumental in the company's growth in West Asia and in their work with Asian football. He plays a key role in the Group's partnership with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and has steered the renewal of their exclusive agreement over consecutive terms.

Kakhia also sealed strategic partnerships with media giants Arab Radio & Television (ART), Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) – the chief government-operated television station in the region, various terrestrial operators and multinational corporations in the Middle East.

His team has successfully managed the organisation and live broadcasts of numerous football matches from some of the most elusive and geographically challenging locations including Iran, Iraq, Syria and Yemen.

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