TV Guide: Olympic flame of sport burns bright

2012-07-06 12:28

The Euro 2012 football showpiece drew to a close last Sunday, with Spain retaining the Henri Delaunay trophy in Kiev, Ukraine.

The Spanish national team, nicknamed The Red Fury and which has for many years been known as underachievers at major events, is now the first team in football history to hold back-to-back European titles and the World Cup at the same time.

The world of sport was set ablaze with a scintillating final – a four-goal thriller that saw fellow finalists Italy failing to answer to Spain’s onslaught.

After the defending champions and The Azzurris, Italy’s nickname, fought it out in Kiev, football enthusiasts’ hunger for sport has certainly been aroused.

Well, fellow sport enthusiasts, SuperSport channel has enough on its 2012 London Olympic Games menu to keep you aroused.

The Games kick-start on July 27, taking you through a highly congested programme of 17 days, 26 sporting codes and 39 disciplines.

To build up the fever – and perhaps educate those who are unclear about where it all began – the pay TV channel will be bringing viewers a show titled Olympic Countdown.

It will be beamed live prior to the Games’ opening ceremony and will be hosted by the effervescent Thomas Mlambo and veteran presenter Leigh-Ann Paulick.

SuperSport chief executive Happy Ntshingila says the channel is aiming to be “bigger and better than ever”.

“The Olympics demand excellence from athletes, but for us it also demands excellence as Africa’s leading sport broadcaster. London 2012 is sure to delight them (viewers),” he says.

Olympic Memories and Olympic Dreams will be the two highlights of the countdown programme.

They will show famous pictures and sketches of past winners and potential future legends.

The likes of South Africa’s own Elana Meyer and Josiah Thugwane (long-distance runners) and swimmer Penny Heyns will be mentioned among their contemporaries from around the world.

Channels SS4, SS5, SS6 and SS7 will be dedicated to full coverage of the Games and two high-definition channels will also be added.

Other magazine programmes to look forward to are London Calling (weekends from 8am until 9.30am on SuperSport Blitz – channel 200) and Mind the Gap, which is a daily and 15-minute show hosted by Neil Andrews and former Olympic football champion Daniel Amokachi, also on Blitz.

So, sport enthusiasts and all of you sitting on the fence, with so much sport on TV, I can only hope that you have negotiated the remote control terms and conditions.

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