According to media reports, MultiChoice’s SuperSport will be covering South Africa’s Comrades Marathon for the first time on Sunday, 28 August.
Having secured and taken over the broadcasting rights from public broadcaster, the SABC, SuperSorts says that 13 hours long race will require 36 cameras, 3 outside-broadcast units, a rig-car, 6 motorbikes and a helicopter.
SuperSport added that it has been planning its 2022 Comrades Marathon broadcast production for four months and is using the expertise of 120 technical staff who will integrate with three outside broadcast facilities.
“Aware of the race’s mighty history and traditions, SuperSport intends to capture the essence by devoting a massive production team, allied to innovation and technology, to its 13-hour broadcast that will begin in Pietermaritzburg at 05:00,” the channel said.
The channel disclosed that it will use six commentators, among them nine-time Comrades winner Bruce Fordyce and former women’s champion Helen Lucre.
SuperSport will premiere the race on DStv’s SS Variety 4, SS Variety 3 Africa and SS Grandstand channels in over 50 countries across sub-Saharan Africa, on the DStv Premium, DStv Compact Plus and DStv Compact packages.
MultiChoice’s video streaming service, Showmax, will have the 2022 Comrades Marathon live for Showmax and Showmax Pro subscribers.