Parliamentary Rowing Group Member Lord Addington has today called for fair coverage of all Paralympic sport in the upcoming Paralympics after the Group was informed rowing during the Games would not have any television feed.
During a Question in the House of Lords, Addington – a member of the Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Committee and a rower in the Parliamentary Boat Race since its inception – called for a commitment from all future major sport event bidders to guarantee coverage of all sports taking place during Games and tournaments.
Lord Addington asked “Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all sports with British representation in the 2016 Paralympic Games will be available for viewing on terrestrial television.” He followed with the request for “the government [to] give an undertaking that they will encourage all those who are in the process of granting cities the future rights to host the games, that they undertake in the planning process, to guarantee that the Paralympics has full coverage, so that we don’t have the situation that we have now of certain sports missing out, despite them having very good medal prospects?”
Responding on behalf of the Government, the Earl of Courtown said “Coverage of 2016 Paralympic Games will be most comprehensive and ambitious to date. Channel 4 will be showing all sports with British representation on free-to-air channels and when covered live by the host broadcaster. Where sports are not covered, Channel 4 will deploy additional camera teams to capture British medal wins wherever possible.”
“Channel 4 would like to see comprehensive live coverage of all sports at the Paralympic Games, and have been working with the International Paralympic Committee, Olympic Broadcasting Services and the Rio Organising Committee to extend live coverage. As far as pressure put on further Olympiads and coverage of the Paralympics in the future is concerned, this is a matter for Sport UK.