Reporting from Rio: Spanish producer Pedro Arias

 Pedro watches back Colombian James Rodriguez's wonder-goal on the big screen at the Fifa 2014 World Cup.

Pedro watches back Colombian James Rodriguez's wonder-goal on the big screen at the Fifa 2014 World Cup.

Pedro Arias has been a missionary for 27 years and he’s been serving the Lord at major sporting events such as the Olympic Games for the past 24 years. Originally from Colombia he is a sports journalist by profession. He also leads three churches in London.

Pedro has worked for different media companies as Editor-in-Chief and as both a TV and radio host. He has reported for several international media agencies at events such as the Olympic Games and Fifa World Cup and at an ATP professional final in Hannover, Germany.

He currently is one of the Spanish-speaking hosts of two international television sport programmes: Gillette World and Mobil 1.

In 2012 Pedro worked directly with the London Olympics Host Broadcasters broadcasting live to Spanish-speaking audiences worldwide.

Pedro covered his first Olympic Games as a radio reporter in Barcelona in 1992. Since then he has reported from Sydney (2000), Athens (2004) and Beijing (2008). Throughout this time his reports have been designed with a specific aim, to introduce sports fans to Jesus. Since those early days in 1992 there has been a steady increase in the number of Christian and secular stations that benefit from his reports for the Spanish-speaking world, across the USA, Spain and Latin America. In 2014 radio listeners to over 800 Spanish-speaking stations around the world heard Pedro’s reports, features and interviews from the Fifa World Cup in Brazil.

This summer Pedro returns to Rio, the city he got to know at the World Cup two years ago. This time he will be using his professional skills and experience to report on the Games with a Christian perspective with the hope and prayer that many sport fans will come to Jesus and acknowledge Him as their Lord and Saviour.

Follow Passion for Sport’s reporting from Rio here.

Pedro Arias is seconded to Passion for Sport from Reach Beyond, a global mission that works to transform lives through media and healthcare.