World champion Tyson Fury will be a guest at the ITV Games

World champion Tyson Fury will be a guest at the ITV Games

‘Gypsy King’ leads a who’s who of Britain’s sporting heroes offering expert insight into the new celebrity TV event from Monday

The Games, from Monday May 9 at 9 p.m. on ITV

World heavyweight champion boxer Tyson Fury will join presenters Holly Willoughby, Freddie Flintoff, Alex Scott and Chris Kamara on ITV’s new show The Games on Monday night.

The Gypsy King will offer his views and opinions on the performances of a series of famous athletes competing for medals at the Games, which will be shown nightly this week on ITV from 9pm Monday.

Tyson tops a stellar list of famous sports stars making appearances on the show every night, including Olympic gold medalists Denise Lewis OBE [heptathlon, 2000 Olympic Games] and Matty Lee [synchronised diving 2020 Olympics]who will appear with him on Monday’s show.

On Tuesday, double Olympic champion Tom Dean MBE [200m and 4x200m freestyle swimming, 2020 Olympics]Olympic silver medalist Leon Taylor [diving, 2004 Olympics] will appear, followed on Wednesday by Hollie Arnold MBE [first javelin throw to hold all four major titles in same four year cycle: Rio Paralympics 2016, World Record 2016, World Championships 2017 and World Record 2017] with his trainer David Arnold.

Thursday, Dame Sarah Storey DBE [28 Paralympic medals, including 17 gold, 29 times World Champion in swimming and cycling]ahead of appearances, on Friday’s final show, of former England footballer Jermaine Jenas and two-time Olympic champion Daley Thompson CBE [decathlon 1980 and 1984 Olympics].

The Games are brand new to ITV and will see twelve in-form celebrities go head-to-head in a spectacular sporting event over a week of live programming.

TV presenter Olivia Attwood, influencer and model Phoenix Brown, ex-Strictly pro and frontman Kevin Clifton, pop star Max George, songwriter Chelcee Grimes, Harry Potter actor Josh Herdman, author, model and autism ambassador Christine McGuinness , Coronation Street actor Colson Smith, newsreader Lucrezia Millarini, musician and TV star Wes Nelson, Emmerdale actress Rebecca Sarker and actor Ryan Thomas, will compete in a series of sporting challenges.

The 12 familiar faces have undergone weeks of intensive training ready to compete in a range of sporting challenges, through a week of live performances amid fierce competition. All were taken out of their comfort zone to be trained as athletes, swimmers and cyclists, to compete in hopes of finishing at the top of the medal table and being crowned winners of the competition.

Hosted live by Holly Willoughby and Freddie Flintoff, the Games will also see former professional footballer and presenter Alex Scott as on-track reporter and former professional football player and presenter Chris Kamara as commentator.

The six male competitors and six female competitors will compete in the athletics hall, swimming pool, gymnasium and velodrome. Each will put their sporting prowess to the test in events ranging from 100-meter sprints to diving, racking up points on the medal table.

As well as live coverage of the events, each episode will feature the preparation of celebrities as they learn the sport from the ground up from some of the UK’s top coaches. Following their grueling training schedule leading up to competition, as they aim to achieve their peak physical condition.

As the leaderboard takes shape each night, the series will culminate in an exhilarating final showdown in which a male and female champion will be crowned.

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