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Eurosport to run month-long digital series celebrating black athletes

By 30th September 2020 No Comments

The series will run throughout October, during Black History Month.

Eurosport and Team GB are partnering to mark Black History Month during October with a month-long digital series to celebrate black athletes past and present.

The series focuses on the Olympic games and includes 31 memorable moments from the Olympic Summer Games that acknowledge the impact black athletes have made throughout British history.

The daily video and images will be hosted on Eurosport’s UK Twitter profile (@Eurosport_UK) and available to follow on Eurosport.co.uk. The content has been selected based on Team GB’s in-depth knowledge and athlete expertise, supported by a research project from their partner, the University of Hull.

The series features moments such as Harry Edward’s 100m bronze medal winning performance at the Antwerp 1920 Olympic Games, and John ‘Jack’ London clinching silver at the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam (pictured).

It includes, more recently, Audley Harrison becoming the first British boxer to win super heavyweight gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and Louis Smith’s medal haul across three consecutive Games from 2008-2016.

Simon Downing, head of Eurosport UK, said: “Eurosport has a rich heritage in providing our viewers with some of the most memorable moments in sport history. We are delighted to partner with Team GB for Black History Month and offer fans the chance to re-live some of the greatest Olympic achievements from black British athletes. We hope this activity helps recognise the impact black athletes have on sport not just past and present but moving forward.”

Chief executive of the British Olympic Association, Andy Anson, added: “We take great pride in the rich history of successful black athletes who have represented Team GB, dating back to Harry Edward who became Great Britain’s first black Olympic medallist in 1920. The campaign we are running in partnership with Eurosport throughout Black

History Month celebrates 100 years of black athletes being an integral and important part of our team through to present day where we look forward to seeing athletes create their own history at the upcoming Tokyo and Beijing Olympic Games.”

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