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  • NBC Grabs Paralympic Rights; Japan, Australia Ministers Meet


    NBC, USOC Acquire Paralympic Media Rights

    NBC and NBCSN will give the Sochi Paralympics 50 hours of broadcast coverage. (Getty Images)
    The next two Paralympic Games will receive coverage in the United States on NBC and NBC Sports Network.

    It comes as part of a partnership between NBC Olympics and the United States Olympic Committee. NBC and NBCSN will dedicate 50 hours of television coverage to the Sochi 2014 Paralympics in March and 66 hours to 2016’s event in Rio.

    By comparison, the last Summer Games in London received five and a half hours of coverage.

    Sir Phillip Craven, president of the International Paralympic Committee, was “delighted” by the news.

    Tokyo hopes to learn from Sydney's success in hosting the 2000 Olympics. (Getty Images)
    “I am sure [viewers] will be as captivated and emotionally enthralled as the billions around the world who tuned into London 2012 last summer,” said Craven.

    Japan, Australia Ministers Meet

    Japan Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Japan is keen to learn from the 2000 Summer Olympics after meeting his Australian counterpart.

    Kishida told Julie Bishop, Australia’s Foreign Minister, that Tokyo 2020 would be looking to Australia for advice following the success of the Sydney’s Olympics.

    The two ministers met to discuss ongoing free-trade negotiations as well as the crisis in Syria at the UN General Assembly in New York City.

    FIE President Meets Bach

    International Fencing Federation president Alisher Usmanov met Thomas Bach during the newly elected IOC president’s first trip to Lausanne.

    Bach, who was elected earlier this month, met with Usmanov during his first trip to IOC headquarters in Lausanne. Bach won a fencing gold medal at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal in the team foil event.

    “The FIE and all the followers of fencing are honored that an Olympic champion in fencing has become the leader of the Olympic Movement,” said President Usmanov.

    “Mr. Bach can be assured that we will carry on supporting the IOC in its efforts to strengthen the Olympic ideals all around the world, first and foremost reaching out to the youth.”

    Written by Aaron Bauer and Nick Devlin.

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