Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Olympic head irked by reported TV ban on combat sports

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(ANSA) - Rome, September 27 - Reports of a decision by
Italy's national broadcaster against televising sports deemed
violent when children might be watching was denounced Thursday
by the head of the country's Olympic organization.
"I learn with disbelief and dismay that Rai has decided not
to broadcast during prime-time Olympic sports such as boxing,
judo, wrestling, and taekwondo," to shield children, said Gianni
Petrucci, head of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI).
He was reacting to published newspaper reports suggesting
Italy's public broadcaster Rai was planning to limit the hours
when it would televise sports believed too violent for children
to see.
Calling it "an affront" to sport, Petrucci said the
decision was "a serious act and unheard of," adding he will
raise the issue with Rai executives.
The success of the recent London 2012 Olympic Games which
included such sports as boxing, judo, wresting, and taekwondo
have boosted interest in these events and even led parents to
enrol their children in training in these fields, he noted.

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