Your summer of sport is about to get even more sizzlin’…
This weekend on BT Sport
No, seriously. The meteorological and astronomical calendars have aligned to see the eagerly awaited summer solstice occur on Friday 21 June.
This means that the actual start of the BBQ season coincides perfectly with the massive weekend of action coming up on BT Sport. It all kicks off this Friday with the start of the 2019 European Games in Minsk, before UFC, WTA tennis and Formula E take centre stage. For those with a penchant for death-defying excitement, there’s even a documentary on an extreme sports icon to get your blood pumping.
Want to know more about what’s on this wicked weekend? Read on for the sporty shouts you need to know about…
2019 European Games
Friday 21 June, 8pm, BT Sport 1 HD (CH 527)
The inaugural European Games in Baku in 2015 may not have received widespread attention (although Great Britain did finish third with 47 medals including 18 golds, thank you very much), but plenty of eyes will be on Belarus for the second edition of this sporting showpiece. With 50 countries competing in nearly 200 events across 15 sports, this is one sporting spectacle you don’t want to miss. From basketball to boxing, sambo to shooting, it all kicks off with the curtain raiser at Minsk’s magnificent Dinamo Stadium, overseen by the event mascot – a hyperactive baby fox, named Lesik, naturally.
The Birth Of Big Air
Friday 21 June, 9pm, BT Sport 2 HD (CH 528)
According to pro skateboarder Tony Hawk, “If you know anything about BMX, you know who Mat Hoffman is. And maybe that’s all you know.” This documentary celebrates the journey of this BMX visionary, whose quest to find the biggest air on two wheels saw him become an extreme sports pioneer. Boundaries and bones are broken in this exciting tale from director Spike Jonze and Jackass joker Johnny Knoxville.
Formula E: Bern
Saturday 22 June, 4.30pm, BT Sport ESPN HD (CH 530)
Ahead of the title-deciding double-header next month in New York, Formula E’s first visit to Bern completes an unpredictably riveting run of European races. To put this topsy-turvy season in perspective: in ten E-Prix across seven continents so far, eight different drivers from seven teams have been victorious. Current champ Jean-Éric Vergne may lead the pack, but six drivers – including Nissan e.Dams’ homegrown hero, Sebastien Buemi – are in hot pursuit and ready to rock the cobbled streets of Switzerland’s capital.
UFC Fight Night: Moicano v Chan-sung
Saturday 22 June, midnight, BT Sport 1 HD (CH 527)
For anyone unsure as to whether staying up late to watch a combat sport across the Atlantic is worth the effort, let us assure you – it is. What this featherweight bout lacks in heavyweight muscle, it makes up for in intriguing must-not-lose drama, with both fighters stepping into the octagon off the back of a second defeat in UFC. Chan-sung suffered one of the sport’s most brutal KOs, delivered by Yair Rodríguez, while Moicano fell foul of José Aldo. Five rounds of serious grappling await from this huge night in Greenville, South Carolina.
WTA Mallorca Open Final
Sunday 23 June, 3.30pm, BT Sport ESPN HD (CH 530)
The ultimate Wimbledon warm-up rolls into the Balearics for its fourth tournament under the Spanish sun. And if her past form is anything to go by, three-time Latvian finalist Anastasija Sevastova will be in the running along with last year’s winner, Tatjana Maria. Current SW19 champ Angelique Kerber is also on the hunt for another spot of silverware before defending her crown in perhaps not-so-sunny London climes.
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