ESPN International will present the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, the Olympic event for athletes with disabilities, beginning Wednesday, September 7 through Sunday, September 18 across the Caribbean and Spanish-speaking Latin America.
The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games will host over 4,000 athletes from more than 160 countries to compete in 528 medal events in 22 different sports. The South American city will serve as the backdrop during the 11 days of action-packed sport for disabled athletes. Triathlon and canoeing are making their debuts in Rio.
“ESPN is proud to be involved with the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and to highlight the competition and accomplishments of the world’s best Paralympians,” said Russell Wolff, executive vice president and managing director of ESPN International. “We are committed to telling the stories of athletes with differences around the world and our involvement with these Games is another example of that.”
In the Caribbean, ESPN will air a one-hour daily highlight show of the competition on ESPN Caribbean during evenings and mornings, running Thursday, September 8 to Sunday, September 18, along with an ESPN Play-exclusive highlight show nightly. Other dedicated content includes the top news and information storylines around the competition on SportsCenter and ESPN.com.
In Latin America, ESPN’s coverage includes the live telecast of the Opening Ceremony on Wednesday, September 7 at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2 (Mexico and Central America), and on ESPN+ and ESPN Play throughout the region, and the Closing Ceremony on ESPN+ and ESPN Play on Sunday, September 18 at 7 p.m. ET (on ESPN3 at 12 a.m. ET). In addition to transmitting the ceremonies live, ESPN’s coverage will include an evening highlight show every day from Thursday, September 8 to Sunday, September 18 on ESPN3 and ESPN+, an ESPN Play-exclusive highlight show nightly and the top news and information storylines around the competition on SportsCenter and ESPN.com.