Channel 4 has commissioned Boomerang to produce 10 days of live coverage charting the IPC World Paralympics Athletics Championships from Doha, Qatar this October.
This will capture some of the live track and field events and see the Superhumans of London 2012 back in international competition against the best Paralympians in the world. The World Championships will be one of the last major competitions on the road to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. The coverage will see over 1,000 Paralympians from 90 countries complete.
The World Championships will be broadcast between 2 and 3 hours a day on More 4, in addition to comprehensive daily coverage on channel4.com. Anchoring the coverage will be former Paralympian Ade Adepitan and former Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European champion Jonathan Edwards.
The executive producers are Dylan Wyn Davies and Nick Atkins. The commissioner is Stephen Lyle.
Channel 4’s Commissioning Editor for Sport, Stephen Lyle, said: “The IPC World Athletics Championships from Doha will be the last major tournament for para-athletes from around the world and will be a significant indication of how Britain’s Superhumans are faring in the run up to the Rio Paralympics next year. It’ll be a great opportunity for viewers to re-acquaint themselves with the GB icons and international stars from the unforgettable London 2012 Paralympic Games and our coverage of the event reaffirms Channel 4’s commitment to changing public perceptions of disability and disability sport.”
Dylan Wyn Davies, Creative Director, who manages the company’s raft of sport-entertainment programming, said: “We have built up an expertise in the world of Paralympic sport having produced over 40 hours of programming for Channel 4 in London 2012 and Sochi 2014. We now look forward to building on this success with an incredible 10 days of live top sporting action where our GB Superhumans will take on their international rivals at one of the last major events ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.”