The coverage includes: July’s IPC Athletics World Championships 2013 from Lyon, France; the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games in London and August’s IPC Swimming World Championships 2013, broadcast from Montreal, Canada. Earlier this year it was announced that Channel 4 had secured the UK broadcasting rights to the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi and the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Channel 4’s ground-breaking coverage of the 2012 Paralympics, which reached almost 40 million people, won two BAFTAs: for Best Sport and Live Event, and for Digital Creativity.
Channel 4 Sports Editor Jamie Aitchison said: ‘We look forward to enjoying more Superhuman performances on Channel 4 throughout the summer and reacquainting ourselves with the likes of Jonnie Peacock, Hannah Cockcroft and David Weir. Being World Champion at any sport is an incredible achievement so Lyon kicks off a fantastic period of Parasport in the coming months.’
The world’s top athletes, including our British stars, will be competing in the IPC Athletics World Championships 2013, as they begin preparing for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio. This is the first major international gathering since London 2012, with 1300 athletes expected in Lyon coming from 90 countries. Daily live coverage is at 1415 – 1915 (BST), 20 – 27 July on More4 – presented Jonathan Edwards and Arthur Williams and with a team of top commentators John Rawling, Rob Walker, Katharine Merry and Danny Crates.
Marking a year since the unforgettable London 2012 Paralympics, on 28 July the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London will once again be host to the finest international athletes at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games. Ade Adepitan and Clare Balding will reunite on Channel 4 to present the coverage of the third and final day of the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games – the Sainsbury’s International Para Challenge – which showcases the Paralympic champions of 2012. .
Clare Balding said: ‘I’m delighted that one year on, everyone will be able to catch up with their Paralympic heroes and heroines of London 2012.’
Ade Adepitan said: ‘Being part of Channel 4’s Paralympics presenting team last year was a real honour and I’m so proud to be back celebrating the sporting achievements of 2012 at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games. I’m expecting some amazing performances and audiences full of pride and adrenalin – just like our British athletes.’
As if that wasn’t good enough, Able Magazine will be down in London for the Sainsbury’s International Para Challenge and you can find out how we got on in the September/October edition of Able.