With Africa’s Commonwealth Games associations primed and ready to take Glasgow by storm in pursuit of a common goal, gold medals, SuperSport is also ready to flick the button on three 24-hour channels for coverage of the 23rd July – 3rd August sporting extravaganza.
With Africa traditionally in the thick of things on the medal table, the coverage on Africa’s premier sports broadcasting network will include extensive broadcasts of traditionally strong codes like athletics, netball, Sevens rugby, weightlifting and boxing.
Other sports will also enjoy unprecedented coverage. SuperSport will have a 14-strong team in Glasgow, spearheaded by athletics specialist James Wokabi of Kenya and South Africa’s Crystal Arnold. The bulk of Africa’s medals are expected to come from the swimming pool and the athletics track.
Kenya will be expected to make a clean sweep in the middle and long distances with stars such as Ezekiel Kemboi, Asbel Kiprop and Eunice Sum having made the team.
The inclusion of Blessing Okagbare, Obinna Metu and Egwero-Ogho Oghene will make Nigeria a force to be reckoned with in the sprint events.
Botswana will be banking on world and reigning Commonwealth Games champion Amantle Montsho to once again bring home gold and Nijel Amos to upgrade his silver from New Delhi four years ago.
SuperSport 5/HD will take a broader look at the Games and SS7/HD will focus on African Commonwealth nations. SS9 will serve also as an overflow channel.
Moreover, news gathering teams will feed news items to SuperSport Blitz, while extended highlights will be available on VOD and the Catch Up service, where available.
Coverage starts with the opening ceremony on the eve of the Games, on July 23 from 10pm CAT (SS5/HD). Twenty-four-hour coverage will start mid-morning on July 24.