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Standard Group announces rights to broadcast 2020 Tokyo Summer Games across its platforms

SPORTS By Robert Abong'o | February 23rd 2021
L-R - Irene Kimani Commercial Director, MD Broadcast Joe Munene & Robin Toskin Sports Editor The Standard speaking when Standard Group announced rights to broadcast 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics across its platforms. [PHOTO: Wilberforce Okwiri, Standard]

The Standard Group PLC are the official broadcast partners of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games set for July 23-August 8.

Kenyans will have a chance of following the action from Tokyo through Standard Groups’ TV, Radio and digital platforms: KTN News, KTN Home, Radio Maisha, Spice Radio and Standard Digital.

Speaking yesterday at Standard Group offices along Mombasa Road, the Group's Broadcast Managing Director Joe Munene said sports fans will have the opportunity to follow their favourite sports during the 17-day-event.

“We are excited to bring this to you, despite the challenges experienced over the past year. For Kenyan athletes, it’s a huge opportunity for us to showcase our sporting talents. We will broadcast these games across our platforms (TV, Radio and Digital). Standard Group remains committed to bringing audiences the very best Radio, TV and print content,” he said.

The Standard Sports Editor, Robin Toskin, who is among journalists that will cover the Games, talked of opportunities that come with it, adding that fans should put their trust in Standard Group.

“This should be the greatest opportunity for our clientele to get up-to-date information on the Olympics, which you can be sure we will deliver. We are the home of sport. What happens on the track will be known to our audiences through our platforms. You should trust us as a media house which will give engaging information about our star athletes,” said Toskin.

On his part, KTN Sports Broadcast Editor Hassan Juma promised viewers top-drawer coverage of the Games in Japan.

“It’s a great day for us. For any athlete out there, the Olympics is the one event you think about. For those who will miss the live event, we will have a special show for them; a build-up, and a show during the event that will be packaged well for our viewers. We will give you the best,” said Hassan.

Standard Group Commercial Director Irene Kimani described the chance to broadcast the live events as the “biggest event of the year”, saying the Group will offer exciting opportunities for brands.

“As a client, you should be able to enjoy aggregated audiences across our platforms. We have tailor-made solutions for different brands and you must come in early so that you enjoy the hype of the event. We look forward to having our clients there and gaining from the audiences following the event.” she said.

Malkia Strikers' Agripina Kundu at Kasarani stadium during their last training ahead of CAVB Tokyo Women's Volleyball Qualifier to be held in Cameroon. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

The Tokyo Olympics games will feature 33 competitions and 339 events held across competition venues.

The tournament was initially set to be held in 2020 but was postponed to July this year due to the ravaging Covid-19 pandemic.

The Standard Group has also secured rights to broadcast the Magical Kenya Open slated for March 18-21 and the European Football tournament (Euro 2020) set for June 11-July 11.

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