SuperSport viewers on DStv and GOtv can look forward to the world’s biggest and most diverse celebration of sport, the Summer Olympic Games, which will run from 23 July to 8 August 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.
SuperSport is the ultimate destination for coverage of the Olympic Games, with thousands of world class athletes from around the world set to entertain for over two weeks of the incredible action from the Games of the XXXII Olympiad.
With such a huge variety of sport on offer from Tokyo throughout the Olympic Games, we have picked some of the key events for the period of 23-28 July 2021.
Friday 23 July is all about the Opening Ceremony (1350 hrs LIVE on SuperSport PSL, SuperSport Maximo 1 and SuperSport GOtv Select 1), an iconic Olympic Games event that sees all competing nations taking to the field at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo in a true celebration of the human spirit.
Saturday 24 July opens with Beach Volleyball (0250 hrs LIVE on SuperSport OTT4 and SuperSport Maximo 1) – always a favourite of Olympic fans – followed by the ‘sweet science of Boxing, with the Men’s and Women’s Round of 32 matches (0455 hrs LIVE on SuperSport La Liga and SuperSport GOtv Select 1).
It will then be the time for Zambia’s ‘Copper Queens’ to strut their stuff in a Women’s Football clash against China (1050 hrs LIVE on SuperSport Variety 4, SuperSport Maximo 1 and SuperSport GOtv Select 2).
“I know a lot of people are expecting so much from us, and we just want to urge them to continue supporting,” said Zambia star Evarine Katongo.
“We are definitely going to do our level best at the Olympics so that we reach their expectations because we are not going there to participate but to compete and we are going to do our very best.”
Sunday 25 July features the qualification phase of Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (0355 hrs LIVE on SuperSport Football and SuperSport GOtv La Liga), followed by Swimming’s Session 2 (0425 hrs LIVE on SuperSport Premier League and SuperSport Maximo 1).
Men’s Football takes centre stage through the remainder of the day, with Egypt v Argentina (1020 hrs LIVE on SuperSport World Cup Pop Up and SuperSport Maximo 1), France v South Africa (1050 hrs LIVE on SuperSport La Liga and SuperSport GOtv Select 1) and Brazil v Ivory Coast (1120 hrs LIVE on SuperSport OTT3 and SuperSport Maximo 2), while fans of Men’s Basketball will also be treated to Australia v Nigeria (1110 hrs LIVE on SuperSport Action).
Monday 26 July sees the continued debut of Skateboarding at the Olympic Games, with the Women’s Street Prelims (0255 hrs LIVE on SuperSport Variety 1) a featured event. Kenya will then see double action in the Men’s Rugby Sevens, with games against the United States (0528 hrs LIVE on SuperSport Rugby and SuperSport Variety 2) and continental rivals South Africa (1258 hrs LIVE on SuperSport Rugby and SuperSport OTT4). Late Monday also features the Women’s Triathlon Individual Final (0020 hrs LIVE on SuperSport Variety 3 and Olympic MX8).
Tuesday 27 July opens with Session 7 of the Judo competition (0455 hrs LIVE on SuperSport PSL and SuperSport GOtv Football) before Kenya wrap up their group stage in the Men’s Rugby Sevens with a clash against Ireland (0458 hrs LIVE on SuperSport Rugby and SuperSport Variety 1).
Kenya coach Innocent Simiyu will be hoping his team achieves their goal of progressing beyond the group stage: “The selection was tough as all the boys put in the work.”
“We are happy to have a few experienced players fit and back into the fold. Our key target is getting out of the pool. Our first pool game will set the standard for our performance in Tokyo.”
Nigeria’s Women’s Basketball team will face the toughest test when they come up against the United States (0730 hrs LIVE on SuperSport La Liga, SuperSport OTT2 and SuperSport GOtv Select 1), before Zambia’s ‘Copper Queens’ face Brazil in a Women’s Football clash (1420 hrs LIVE on SuperSport PSL and SuperSport GOtv Football).
Wednesday 28 July opens with Surfing Finals for both genders (0155 hrs LIVE on SuperSport Variety 3), while Basketball fans will be treated to a Men’s clash between Nigeria and Germany (0350 hrs LIVE on SuperSport Action and SuperSport OTT3), as well as the Bronze and Gold Medal Matches for Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball (1440 hrs LIVE on SuperSport PSL and SuperSport GOtv Football).
African Men’s Football teams also feature strongly, with Ivory Coast taking on Germany (1050 hrs LIVE on SuperSport Football and SuperSport GOtv La Liga) and South Africa battling Mexico (1420 hrs LIVE on SuperSport La Liga, SuperSport OTT4 and SuperSport GOtv Select 1).