Showmax, the DStv streaming service, has announced that it will broadcast the Tokyo Olympics from July 23 to August 8, which were initially scheduled for 2020 but were postponed to 2021 because of the global Covid-19 pandemic. As a result, the Tokyo 2020 event will be substantially different from past editions, with rigorous rules regarding mask-wearing, social distance, and the number of people allowed to attend events. The host city, in addition, will not permit public viewing locations and international spectators.
The Olympics are the culmination of an athletes’ sporting career, bringing together a lifetime of dedication to a single goal and the opportunity to be recognized globally. Although fans will not be cheering athletes on from the stands, millions worldwide will be watching as stars such as Wayde van Niekerk, Blessing Okagbare, Almaz Ayana, and the Ivorian men’s football team compete.
“We are ecstatic to deliver all of the action to our Showmax Pro subscribers, and we will be rooting for our African athletes every step of the way,” said Yolisa Phahle, CEO of MultiChoice Connected Video. Subscribers to Showmax Pro will have access to live broadcast feeds of every Olympic Broadcast Service event available to SuperSport, including every medal event, the opening and closing ceremonies. While only Showmax Pro subscribers will watch live feeds of every available event, all Showmax subscribers will be able to stream Olympics programming, including talk shows, highlights, and documentaries.
For the South African viewer, the Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony will commence on July 23, at 13:00.