Spark Sport cuts sign language interpreters for Deaf from Rugby World Cup broadcast

The Deaf community are frustrated after sign language interpreters were cut from the broadcast coverage of the Women’s Rugby World Cup.

Advocacy group Deaf Aotearoa worked with Rugby World Cup organisers to arrange the signing of the national anthems during the Black Ferns game against Australia at Eden Park on Saturday.

But the broadcast coverage by Spark Sport omitted this, leaving viewers disappointed. Coverage in Australia and other countries included the sign interpreters.

Deaf Aotearoa chief executive Lachlan Keating said it’s a shame the interpreters weren’t shown on screen in New Zealand after all the hard work that went into setting it up.

“This sort of inclusion really matters and helps NZSL to be familiar for hearing Kiwis and, more importantly, ensures Deaf people can enjoy significant moments like the anthem being sung before a big game,” he said. […]

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