The Canadian Paralympic Committee and CBC/Radio-Canada have announced their first multi-Games partnership renewal.
The agreement will see the national public broadcaster remain Canada's Paralympic Network through the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. The extended partnership begins with coverage of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, from 9-18 March. The announcement was made during a live event celebrating the 100-day countdown to the start of the Games.
The Games are expected to attract up to 670 athletes competing in 80 medal events. Canada expects to send a full team competing in all six sports with approximately 55 athletes, with a total team size of approximately 115 (includes coaches and support staff).
"We are thrilled to continue to lead the delivery of the most comprehensive coverage ever in Canada for a Paralympic Games," said Martin Richard, Executive Director, Communications and Brand for the Canadian Paralympic Committee.
"We are thankful to CBC/Radio Canada and our other media and corporate partners for investing in growing the awareness of the Paralympic brand through broadcast and digital media. We anticipate that Canadians will enthusiastically embrace the opportunity to follow their team on television and online."
Through a pioneering and award-winning broadcast model, the Canadian Paralympic Committee has secured the broadcast rights to the PyeongChang 2018 and the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. It will continue to lead a Consortium of media partners to create the best-ever coverage to ensure Canadians are connected to their Paralympic team.
"We are proud to further our commitment to provide audiences in Canada with even greater access to Canada's athletes and their sports through this unprecedented partnership with the Canadian Paralympic Committee," said Greg Stremlaw, executive director, CBC Sports, general manager, Olympics and Chef de Mission, PyeongChang 2018.
"As Canada's Paralympic Network, we are dedicated to strengthening the connection between Canadians and the Para sport community through world-class storytelling and increased levels of coverage of events like the Paralympic Games."
More information on the Canadian Paralympic Committee’s broadcast and digital partnerships can be found on their website.