London 2017 to break all broadcast records11.07.2017
TV coverage from World Para Athletics Championships to be shown in more than 20 countries.
The 2017 World Para Athletics Championships which open in London this Friday (14 July) are set to break all broadcast records with more rights holders than ever before signed up to screen the event.
With three days still to go until the action gets underway, more than 20 broadcasters from around the world have signed up to cover the event either live, as highlights, or via news bulletins.
In Great Britain, Channel 4 will lead the way screening 30 hours of live action while there will also be live coverage on BBC Radio Five Live, Five Live Sports Extra and BBC World Service.
With Tokyo 2020 on the horizon, Japan’s Paralympic broadcaster NHK will broadcast a daily highlights show and TBS will also screen coverage.
CCTV in China will livestream all 202 medal events and each day’s evening session will be broadcast live on France TV. Highlights coverage will appear on Doordarshan in India.
In the USA, NBC will showcase the event live on the Team USA channel and the Australian Paralympic Committee will livestream London 2017 via its website.
TVE will screen the event in Spain as will the Spanish Paralympic Committee via a livestream on its website with Spanish commentary.
Other broadcasters lined up to show coverage from London 2017 in some capacity include Rai (Italy), ARD/ZDF (Germany), Globo (Brazil), ORF (Austria), TVNZ (New Zealand), DR (Denmark), SRG SSR (Switzerland), YLE (Finland),NRK (Norway), DeporTV (Argentina) and CPC/CBC (Canada).
Alexis Schäfer, the IPC’s Marketing and Commercial Director, said: “Even before a medal has been awarded at London 2017, the World Para Athletics Championships have started to break records.
“With TV pictures set to be beamed to more than 20 countries and over 800 accredited media in attendance, this World Championships will reach more people than any previous edition.
“I am certain that those who tune in to watch or listen will not be disappointed. Already Para athletes have been in world record breaking form this year, and I am sure that with the growing depth of talent, London 2017 will be a real global showcase of Para sport.”
In addition to a record number of broadcasters covering London 2017, more tickets than ever before have been sold for the event which has attracted more than 1,100 athletes from 95 countries. Around 250,000 tickets have been sold so far which is more than all previous Para sport World and regional Championships put together.
Action begins on Friday (14 July) evening and will continue through to Sunday 23 July.