Multinational TV coverage for World Para Athletics Championships
The International Paralympic Committee has claimed that this month's World Para Athletics Championships in London will “break all broadcast records” with television coverage in over 20 countries.
The championships will take place at the London Stadium, the former Olympic Stadium, on Friday and run until 23 July.
In the UK, free-to-air commercial broadcaster Channel 4 will be airing 30 hours of live TV coverage, complemented by radio coverage from the BBC, the public-service broadcaster.
Elsewhere, CCTV, the Chinese state broadcaster, will offer live-streaming of the events, while NHK, the Japanese public-service broadcaster, will be televising a daily highlights programme from the championships.
Other broadcasters that will offer coverage of the championships include NBC (USA), 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).
However, the build-up to the event has been overshadowed by the death of Abdullah Hayayei, a thrower from the United Arab Emirates.
Majid Rashed, vice-president of the UAE International Paralympic Committee, said today that a discus cage collapsed on the athlete while he was training at Newham Leisure Centre on Tuesday.
IPC president Sir Philip Craven said: "We are all truly devastated by this tragic news and the passing of Abdullah."
• Jet Set Sports, the sports hospitality and tickets company, has been appointed the global authorised ticket reseller for the 2018 winter Paralympic Games in PyeongChang.
Through the agreement, Jet Set Sports is to act as the ticket reseller for the national Paralympic committees, the general public outside of South Korea and international clients.
Jet Set Sports will be responsible for managing the ticket portal where all tickets for the games will be made available.
The IPC has said the national Paralympic committees “will have real time access to a robust inventory of event tickets in order to meet the diverse needs of their own constituent groups.”
An NPC will be able to appoint an authorised ticket reseller within its country so long as it agrees "accordingly with the GATR on the necessary service level.”
A variety of packages including accommodation and transport will also be available.
National Paralympic committees will have access to the portal from 1 August, with general public sales starting on 21 August.
The PyeongChang local organising committee will remain in charge of the athlete friends and family ticket programme.
Jet Set Sports partnered with the IPC before, notably as the ticket reseller for last year's Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and will have a similar responsibility at the 2020 games in Tokyo.