World Championships set new broadcast coverage record

A total of 24 broadcasters from all continents will receive coverage of Dubai 2019 06 Nov 2019
Dubai 2019 World Para Athletics Championships' logo
ⒸLuc Percival | For World Para Athletics
By World Para Athletics

The Dubai 2019 World Para Athletics Championships has already broken one record even before it kicks off on Thursday (7 November). The competition is set to be broadcast to more countries than any previous Worlds.

A total of 24 broadcasters from all continents will receive coverage of Dubai 2019 reaching 88 countries – one more than London 2017.

More than 1,400 athletes from 120 nations are set to compete in the World Championships from 7 to 15 November.

Japanese broadcaster NHK will show all evening sessions live and has taken a team of around 100 professionals to Dubai.

Athletics track at the Dubai Club for People of Determination
The Dubai Club for People of Determination will host the 2019 World Championships

Alexis Schaefer, the IPC’s Commercial, Broadcasting and Partnerships Director, said: “Dubai 2019 is the biggest single Para sport event before the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and to achieve such a record coverage shows the continuing growth in interest for Para sports worldwide.

“We are not only reaching new territories but also seeing many countries increasing their coverage, as in Australia where Seven Network will form the most comprehensive broadcast and stream of a Para sport event outside the Paralympics. We are now looking forward to watching the extraordinary performances from athletes in Dubai.”

In Sub Saharan Africa, TV Media Sport (TVMS) will offer the first free-to-air coverage of a Para Athletics Worlds in conjunction with SuperSport pay TV coverage to reach a total of 53 territories (full list below**).

RAI will broadcast the World Championships live in Italy while Brazilian fans will be able to watch an extensive live coverage on TV Globo and SporTV.

In USA, NBC will livestream the event while the Olympic Channel will provide live coverage of the evening sessions.

The IPC’s collaboration with the Olympic Channel will also see live stream coverage of all sessions in countries where geo-blocking restrictions do not apply.

Partnerships with SNTV and Reuters will also offer strong news distribution across the world.

In countries with no geo-block restrictions, Para sport fans will also be able to follow all sessions via the Dubai 2019 official website and the World Para Athletics Facebook and Twitter pages.

Any broadcaster interested in receiving coverage of the Dubai 2019 World Para Athletics Championships should contact

The full-list of broadcasters and covered territories can be found below.

Broadcaster - Territory

AIS/Broadcasters (Thailand)

America Movil (Latin America - excl. Brazil)

ARD/ZDF (Germany)

BBC Radio (UK)

Channel 4 (UK*)

CPC (Canada*)

CPE (Spain*)

DeporTV (Argentina)

DR (Denmark)


NHK (Japan)

NRK (Norway)

Olympic Channel (Worldwide)

RAI (Italy)

RTP (Portugal)

Seven (Australia*)

SuperSport (South Africa + Sub Saharan Africa** – Pay TV)

TBS (Japan)

TRT (Turkey)

TV Globo (Brazil)

TVMS (Sub Saharan Africa - Free to Air)

TVNZ/Attitude Pictures (New Zealand)

TVRI (Indonesia)

YLE (Finland)

*Territories where geo-block restrictions apply.

** Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo Democratic Republic of, Congo Republic of, Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Reunion, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Socotra, South Sudan, St Helena and Ascension, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia and Zimbabwe.