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Celebrities were due go head to head in a range of sporting challenges for new 2021 event, The Real Games, on ITV.

Hosted by Holly Willoughby and Freddie Flintoff, The Real Games would see former professional footballer and television presenter Alex Scott as trackside reporter and former professional football player and presenter Chris Kamara as commentator.

An insider told The Sun: “The Real Games is on pause because it’s not possible to film it under the current circumstances. They were planning on having group events, then changed it to single events and despite all the measures in place it’s just become a health and safety nightmare. It’s taken a lot of agonising but the bosses have decided to press pause and put the show on hold...

"Filming was supposed to begin in March but everyone booked to take part has been asked to stand down. They’re now putting in new dates and seeing if they can make the show happen this year. It’s a nightmare for everyone who has worked so hard to get this off the ground but ultimately, the safety of the crew and the celebs has to take priority."

The six male and six female competitors will battle it out in the athletics arena, the swimming pool and gymnasium. Each will put their sporting prowess to the test in events, from the 100-meter sprint to doubles diving, racking up points on the medals table. As well as live coverage of the events, each episode will feature the celebrities' preparation, their gruelling training programme leading up to the competition as they aim to reach their peak physical condition.

As the medals table takes shape with each episode, the series will culminate in an exhilarating final show in which the overall winner will be crowned.


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