Johannesburg, January 24 - The average annual snowfall for Sub-Saharan Africa is a paltry 0.01 inches, less than half a millimetre, nowhere near enough to create the alpine conditions needed to participate in a winter sports event like cross-country skiing, bobsleighing, alpine skiing or skeleton.

Yet, this has never been a deterrent for countries like Kenya, Zimbabwe, Ghana, South Africa, Madagascar and Cameroon who have all at some point since 1984 sent athletes to participate at the Winter Olympics. 

The continent’s enchantment with the winter spectacle continues at this year’s Winter Olympics being hosted in PyeongChang, South Korea, with Nigeria, and Uganda set to make their debuts. 

The 2018 Winter Olympics gets underway on Friday, February 9, and will be broadcast live on DStv’s SuperSport across four channels: SS11 (channel 211); SS12 (channel 212) and the soon-to-be launched pop-up channels; SS13 (channel 213) and SS14 (channel 214). 

SuperSport 11; 12 and 13 will be available in high definition (HD) with SS14, designated as the 24-hour Olympics news channel, available in standard definition (SD).

SuperSport 11 will launch first on Monday, February 5 carrying build-up content (archive footage from previous games). The channel will also carry the opening ceremony on Friday, February 9th from 1pm CAT.

The Olympics news channel, SS14, goes live on Wednesday, February 7 from 05.00am CAT. The launch of SS12 and SS13 is set for Thursday, February 8 from 02.00am CAT.

All four channels will also be available on the digital platforms, the DStv Now Mobile App and website and the SuperSport website. Adhoc events not carried on the four dedicated channels will be aired across various SuperSport channels space permitting.

Daily highlights of all medal performances and ceremonies as well as record-breaking performances will be uploaded on the CatchUp service. A daily one-hour English highlights package will be available on Maximo. 


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