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Diverse On-Air Team of Experts to present Extensive Coverage
As the 100-days countdown of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games begins, ESPN Caribbean, the official broadcaster of Rio 2016, announces an impressive list of Olympic experts reporting from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, including Caribbean’s top former Olympic athletes and sports journalists.
The on-air team of experts will complement ESPN’s extensive coverage that will be presented to the Caribbean audience as part of its agreement with the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC). The coverage will be featured across ESPN’s platforms and also distributed via local broadcasters throughout the region. As the official broadcaster, ESPN’s presentation of Rio 2016 will be customized to the Caribbean fan while bringing the local athletes, their quests and stories closer to the fans.
During the Olympic Games, ESPN Caribbean will present more than 200 hours of content, with coverage airing on ESPN’s Caribbean television network and streaming live on ESPN Play Caribbean, and on cruise ships sailing in the Caribbean Sea. In anticipation of the Games, the network will also continue presenting lead-up programming including Countdown to Rio, a primetime show that highlights the latest news and information around the event as well as Olympic sport genre programming.
ESPN Caribbean’s team of commentators will be led by ESPN FC and ESPNcricinfo commentator Alexis Nunes and England Women’s Cricket World Cup Champion Isa Guha who hosted ESPN’s coverage of the 2015 Cricket World Cup and has commentated for IPL and CPL. They will serve as hosts of the Rio 2016 coverage. Former steeplechase British athlete Jo Ankier joins them as onsite reporter. Their coverage will be supplemented by contributions and analysis of renowned Olympian athletes and experienced ESPN commentators:
- Grace Jackson – the Jamaican silver Olympic medalist (100-200m) will serve as analyst and play by play commentator for the track and field competitions.
- Felix Sanchez – Dominican-American track and field athlete known as “Super Sanchez” will serve as analyst. Sanchez is a Dominican Republic’s first-ever Olympic Champion winning two gold medals at the 2004 and 2012 Olympic Games.
- Dwight Stones – the renowned American television commentator and two-time track and field Olympic medalist will contribute as analyst. (and play – by- play commentator for track and field)
- Janelle Atkinson – former Olympian swimmer and three-time silver medalist at the Pan American Games. The Jamaican athlete will serve as analyst for all swimming competitions.
- Shaka Hislop – ESPN’s football expert and former Trinidad & Tobago and England footballer will serve as football analyst.
- Bernardo Osuna – ESPN’s commentator will serve as analyst for all boxing competitions.
With this extensive broadcast of the Rio 2016 Games in the region, sports fans can look forward to optimum coverage before and during the Olympics, specially tailored to the Caribbean region.
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