No Canadian broadcaster secured for 2018 Commonwealth Games

Pop Goes The News — Canadians may not be able to watch their country’s athletes compete in next year’s Commonwealth Games.

With just a little more than six months to go before the 11-day event kicks off on the Gold Coast in Australia, no Canadian broadcaster has been secured.

According to a source, the CBC balked at covering the 2018 Games, citing costs and the fact that the competition takes place only weeks after the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The CBC was the Canadian broadcaster of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The Commonwealth Games have been held every four years since 1930 (with the exception of 1942 and 1946) and Canada is one of only six countries that has had a team at every one. Next year’s Games are expected to attract athletes from 70 countries.

More than 260 athletes will represent Canada in 18 sports and 7 para-sports. Team Canada’s Chef de Mission is Claire Carver-Dias and Assistant Chef de Mission is Benoit Huot.

Canada won 28 medals at the 2014 Games, ranking third behind England and Australia.

Hamilton, Ont. hosted the first Games (then known as the British Empire Games) in 1930 and Canada has hosted three more times — Vancouver in 1954, Edmonton in 1978 and Victoria in 1994.

In the UK, the BBC plans to broadcast more than 180 hours of coverage on various platforms.