ESPN to broadcast Summer X-Games in July in Africa

Courage Adams of Nigeria will compete at the X-Games. MARTIN BUREAU/AFP via Getty Images

ESPN Africa will broadcast the Summer X Games 2021 extreme sports competition live across the continent, from 14 - 18 July 2021.

This year's X Games will feature all of the nail-biting action that the world's top extreme sports tournament is known for, with top-tier athletes competing in this larger-than-life sporting event taking place in California. All events will broadcast live on ESPN (DStv 218, Starsat 248).

The X Games consists of two versions: a Summer competition and a Winter competition. The sports include a high degree of risk, involving speed, height, a high level of physical exertion and highly specialized gear. Participants from around the world compete in these high stakes activities to win bronze, silver, and gold medals, as well as prize money.

This year's Summer X Games will include Skateboard (Male, Female, Vertical, Trick, Street Trick), BMX (Dirt, Tricks, Park, Street) and Moto X (Trick, Whip, Freestyle).

Skateboarders compete in the half pipe, a hollow semi-circle made of concrete. Athletes skate up and down two opposing ramps and perform tricks when they reach the top. There is also a competition for the best trick and most air off a jump. In "street" competitions, skateboarders skate around a park of obstacles and perform tricks.

BMX bikers also compete on a half pipe and a street course, also performing tricks.

Motorbike riders have similar events, along with a "supercross" race around a dirt obstacle course with steep jumps.

The schedule for this year's X Games on ESPN is as follows (All times stated in CAT / SAST):

14/07/21 20:00 BMX Dirt

14/07/21 21:30 BMX Dirt Best Trick

15/07/21 01:30 BMX Park

15/07/21 03:00 Dave Mirra BMX Park Best Trick

15/07/21 18:00 Moto X Freestyle

15/07/21 19:30 Moto X Best Whip

15/07/21 23:00 Moto X 110

16/07/21 01:30 Moto X Quarter Pipe High Air

16/07/21 03:00 Moto X Best Trick

16/07/21 19:00 Skateboard Park (M)

16/07/21 21:00 Skateboard Park (F)

17/07/21 00:00 Skateboard Vert

17/07/21 02:00 Skateboard Vert Best Trick

17/07/21 05:30 BMX Street

18/07/21 00:00 Skateboard Street (F)

18/07/21 05:00 Skateboard Street (M)

18/07/21 06:30 Skateboard Street Best Trick

Kyle de Klerk, Director: Sports Commercial & Business, The Walt Disney Company Africa says: "We are thrilled to be bringing this year's Summer X Games to viewers across the continent, adding another premier sports competition to ESPN's unrivalled portfolio."

Christine Service, Senior Vice President and General Manager, The Walt Disney Company Africa adds: "X Games offers something totally unique for viewers who have an appetite for exhilarating, high-adrenalin sports action, and we cannot wait to witness these remarkable athletes with their breathtaking feats of immense physical and mental prowess."