The Kitten Summer Games Are Hallmark Channel’s Answer to the Olympics

Michele Debczak

The Rio Olympics aren’t the only major athletic event to look forward to this summer. As Entertainment Weekly reports, Hallmark Channel will be debuting the Kitten Summer Games at the same time as the Olympics’ opening ceremony.

The network has experience hosting competitive cat content. Since 2014, Hallmark Channel has aired their annual Kitten Bowl head-to-head with the Super Bowl (and Animal Planet’s long-running Puppy Bowl). This summer’s program will feature more than 100 "cat-letes" competing in events such as wrestling, tennis, volleyball, gymnastics, track and field, and "boxing" (as in, kittens climbing into boxes).

Like the actual Olympics, the games will include big-name competitors like Cat Lewis, Hissing Bolt, Nadia Come N’ Scratch Me, and Pawdre Ag-Hissy. If you understood even half those references, a sporting event centered on cats may be right up your alley.

The Kitten Summer Games premieres at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, August 5. For a preview of the adorable action, you can check out the clip above.

[h/t Entertainment Weekly]

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