Hard to believe, isn’t it? The London 2012 Olympics begin in less than one week with the first day of women’s football. Canada is in action to open the tournament against Japan. Just as CBC broadcast Canada’s pre-Opening Ceremony opener in Beijing four years ago, TSN and Sportsnet will show it this year. Sportsnet’s Gerry Dobson and TSN’s Jason de Vos will call the match. Everyone will also get their first look at CTV’s new Olympic studio in London.
Here is CTV’s press release.
Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium announced today coverage of its initial London 2012 event – Canada’s first qualifying round group match in women’s soccer against Japan. Live coverage begins two days before the Opening Ceremony on Wednesday, July 25 at 11:30 a.m. ET on TSN, Sportsnet, RDS, CTVOlympics.ca, RDSolympiques.ca, as well as on the CTV Olympics London 2012 App.
Co-hosts of OLYMPIC DAYTIME ON CTV, James Duthie and Jennifer Hedger, lead studio coverage in London and will be joined by Prime Time Soccer Analyst Kara Lang, who was a member of the Canadian women’s soccer team at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Gerry Dobson handles play-by-play duties of the match, while Jason deVos analyzes the game in progress. Co-hosts of LONDRES 2012 à RDS Claude Mailhot and Alain Crête helm RDS’ studio coverage in London, while Jean Gounelle runs play-by-play alongside analyst Patrick Leduc.
Led by team captain and seven-time Canadian female player of the year Christine Sinclair, Canada faces reigning FIFA Women’s World Cup champion Japan in the first match-up of Group F qualifying action.
Twelve teams split into three groups will be competing for gold in women’s soccer at London 2012 from July 25 to August 9, including:
Group E: Brazil, Cameroon, Great Britain, New Zealand
Group F: Canada, Japan, South Africa, Sweden
Group G: Colombia, France, North Korea, U.S.A
For the Consortium’s schedule of events during the London 2012 Olympic Games, visit the Bell Viewers’ Guide at CTVOlympics.ca/guide, RDSolympiques.ca/leguide, or download the CTV Olympics London 2012 App.