By Our Reporter
SuperSport has dropped the numbering system it has used for its channels for more than two decades, replacing them with a thematic offering around individual sports to ensure it makes it easier for viewers to find their favourite sports.
From September 1, SuperSport viewers on DStv and GOtv will be able to enjoy special dedicated channels for leagues and sports, among them the Premier League, La Liga, WWE, UFC, tennis, motorsport, golf and several others, which will now have a home to call their own.
New to DStv Premium customers across the continent will see the launch of SuperSport Grandstand, which will come immediately after Blitz at the front of the line-up. Grandstand will be hosted in studio on weekends and will guide viewers to the wide selection of sport on the World of Champions, cutting between live events and simultaneously directing viewers to the channel on which the best sporting action is available.
On DStv there will now be up to 19 SuperSport channels in all, including a “Variety” channel offering.
In addition, DStv’s new sports line-up also includes ESPN and ESPN 2, on channels 218 and 219.
GOtv offers 5 Supersport channels, plus the recently relaunched ESPN on channel 37 (137 -Ghana/337 – Uganda).
“This is a landmark decision in SuperSport’s history and one I’m convinced will add a fresh and invigorating dimension to our broadcasts,” said Gideon Khobane, Chief Executive of SuperSport. “The changes will mean that additional SuperSport channels of local and international sporting content will be added to the DStv and GOtv platforms.”
SuperSport broadcasts more live sport than any other broadcaster internationally and as much as these options are incredibly valuable to fans, the depth and breadth of content can make it difficult to find what they’re looking for. Exhaustive market research has shown that fans would prefer to enjoy the sport of their choice on a dedicated, named channel.
The new strategy will more closely align channel names in across the continent and will indicate a clear destination for fans’ favourite sports.
Rugby Star Bryan Habana, Olympic medalist Tyson Gay endorse the 2020 Virtual Rotary Cancer Run
By Our Reporter
As the virtual Rotary Cancer Run nears, participants across the world are in high spirits to take part in a first of a kind virtual Rotary Cancer Run 2020.
Sensational Rugby Star Bryan Habana and Tyson Gay, an American Olympic 100 meter Gold medal winner have become the latest celebrated sportsmen to endorse the virtual Rotary Cancer Run.
“I encourage everyone one to take part in the Rotary Cancer Run so that we make Cancer history, as we stay fit and healthy” said Tyson, while Habana mentioned that “you can all run or walk from the comfort of your homes virtually, anywhere in the world, to help kick cancer out of Africa” which validation was made in videos recorded by the two sportsmen.
The Rotary Cancer Run is organized by the Rotary Uganda and is sponsored by Centenary Bank who committed Ushs 100 million, Parliament of Uganda, and LycaMobile among others. The run will be held on 30th August 2020.
On the event day, the virtual Rotary Cancer Run will be streamed live on the Uganda Rotary Cancer Program website and official Rotary Cancer Run Facebook Page. Buganda Kingdom’s BBS Terefayina will also provide live broadcast of the proceedings.
“The day will kick start with aerobics at 7.00 am,” revealed Denis Jjuuko the Chairman of the virtual Rotary Cancer Run 2020.
Jjuuko added that “we continue to encourage Ugandans to donate towards this noble cause, as the proceeds from the run will be dedicated towards the construction of bunkers to house modern cancer treatment machines.”
“I therefore, call upon all Ugandans to take part in this year’s virtual Rotary Cancer Run, from the comfort of their homes or neighbourhoods. Please post a picture or video of yourself in your previous years’ vest on your social media platforms with the hashtag #RotaryCancerRun2020 and dedicate the run to a loved one suffering from cancer or may have died of cancer,” Jjuuko concluded.
PHOTOS: Fortebet winner gets UGX 422 million from 2K stake
By Staff Writer
A Fortebet winner is all smiles after bagging UGX 422 Million from a 2,000shs stake. Whatever praise you may want to heap on to this ticket is in no doubt very much deserving.
Three weeks ago, this winner (identity withheld for security reasons) tried out placing this ticket, not knowing that it will be his life changer.
He says that he was at home, about to go to bed, and decided to place the bet before sleeping off and forgetting all about it. “I placed this ticket at midnight. I wanted to sleep but had no sleep, so I said I should just try out selecting some matches. From that night, I even forgot all about this ticket,” the winner said in an interview.
He went on to add that; “I have been placing ticket for the last 2 years but without a single big win. This is the first time I am winning”. The first matches on his ticket (number 8020866558999999) were played on July 28 while the last on August 13. His 2-match ticket had 13 home wins, 3 away wins, and 4 over 2.5 goals. His ticket was a mixture of fat odds like Arsenal’s win over Chelsea in FA (odd 3.20) and as small as 1.30.”
Talking about how he felt immediately after winning, the winner said; “The Atalanta-PSG almost made me faint because the score was 1-0 upto the 90th minute yet I bet on over 2.5. Unbelievably, PSG scored in the 90th and 93rd minute to earn me the result I wanted.”
Fortebet paid out this win (422, 254, 752/=) to zero balance in cash as the winner wanted.
“I have always dreamt of becoming a big modern farmer and I think this is my time,” he explained on what he will use the money for, while he advised fellow bettors never to lose hope.
Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei sets new 5,000m world record in Monaco
By BigEyeUg Team
Ugandan born athlete, Joshua Cheptegei set a new 5,000m world record in Monaco Diamond League meeting on Friday, 15th August.
Cheptegei’s new world road 5 km record of 12:51 in Monaco, bests the old fastest time by 9 seconds and at the same time sets a new 5000 metres world record of 12:35:36 in Monaco, breaking Kenenisa Bekele’s 16-year old world record of 12:37.35 set in Hengelo.
Joshua has since been bathed with different congratulatory messages from fellow citizens and Ugandan nationals world-over.
Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei (born 12 September 1996) is a Ugandan long-distance runner.
In 2017, he became the silver medalist in the 10,000 meters run at the World Championship in London.
In 2018, he set a world record for the 15 km road race and became the World Cross Country champion in 2019.
That year at the World Championships in Doha, he won a gold medal in the 10,000 meters men’s final.
Joshua Cheptegei’s career;
He is a silver medalist in the 10,000 metres at the 2017 World Championships in London.
He also competed in the 10,000 metres at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing finishing ninth.
He ran at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the 5000 metres and 10,000 metres, finishing eighth and sixth respectively.
Cheptegei was the 5000 metres and 10,000 metres champion at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Cheptegei is the four-time winner of the Zevenheuvelenloop 15 km road race in Nijmegen, Netherlands.
In 2018 Cheptegei set the world record for a 15 km road race. He finished in 41:05 and improved the world record by 8 seconds, formerly set by Leonard Komon at the Zevenheuvelenloop in 2010.
Abrar Osman finished second with 42:34 and the 2017 5000 m world champion Muktar Edris placed third with 42:56.
Cheptegei was the winner of the senior men’s race at the 2019 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark.
He won in 31:40 on the 10.24 km course. Ugandan teammate Jacob Kiplimo finished second in 31:44.
As Thomas Ayeko placed 7th and Josehp Ayeko tenth, Uganda won the team first place title.
MTN Uganda, Sanyuka TV begin search for next big soccer commentator
By Our Reporter
MTN Uganda, the official broadcast partner of the Startimes Uganda Premier league (SUPL) has launched a campaign aimed at identifying the next big Ugandan soccer commentator.
The campaign that is a partnership with the leading local Sports broadcasting TV station Sanyuka TV is seeking to identify an all-round sports commentator who can do side pitch analysis, interviews, game analysis and commentary.
Dubbed “Samba Ne MTN”, the campaign started with a soccer quiz and now seeking for a talented commentator under the Samba ne MTN – Tabira Owangule sub-theme.
The lucky winner will walk away with a one-year contract from Sanyuka TV to do commentary on the SUPL 202-21 soccer season, alongside other goodies from the telecom giant such as a cash and monthly data, among others.
“MTN Uganda is passionate about Ugandan sports. There is so much talent in this country that we seek to tap into, but the talent isn’t just limited to playing. There are several other aspects of sports. And that is why we are extending our support to finding the right people to commentate about the game. That’s all part of our drive to re-kindle the love for the game that Ugandans once had,” said Somdev Sen, Chief Marketing Officer MTN Uganda.
Recruitment of participants was done on social media. Interested persons were required to submit a two-minute video of them doing commentary of Ugandan football and share for nomination.
The contestant will be evaluated by panel of 3 judges in the one-month challenge. If a contestant gets 2 “YES’” from the judges, he qualifies to join the next stage of the contest. The 1-hour contest will have 3 segments; side pitch analysis, studio analysis and live game Commentary.
Next Media Head of Strategy Joe Kigozi said that even if the league is currently off because of COVID 19, it is important to keep the fans engaged for when the season kicks off.
The challenge will be broadcast on Sanyuka TV on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday every week from 4pm – 5pm starting this week for the next 4 weeks.
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