SuperSport is the ultimate destination for coverage of the Paralympic Games, with thousands of world class athletes from around the world set to entertain for almost two weeks of incredible action from the 16th edition of the Summer Paralympics.
(TOP: Gordon Reid of Great Britain hold the men’s doubles British Open Wheelchair Trophy after beating Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer of France during the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships at Nottingham Tennis Centre on July 24, 2021 in Nottingham, England. Photo: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images for LTA).
In terms of broadcast highlights from the second week of the 2020 Paralympics, the first event to watch on Tuesday 31 August is Session 1 of Road Cycling, while Session 14 of Table Tennis will take centre stage later in the morning.
Wednesday 1 September is headlined by Session 15 from the Swimming events, before the Men’s Quarterfinals of the Wheelchair Basketball roll into thunderous action.
In the Swimming, keep an eye out for Colombia’s Carlos Serrano, who will return to the pool at these Paralympics. “The goal for Tokyo 2020 is to improve what I did in Rio 2016 which was a Gold Medal, a Silver and a Bronze Medal improving all my marks and achieving the times I got,” he explained.
“I feel very proud to represent my country – that we are very hard working people who never give up fighting for their dreams and always want to move forward and always give their best,” added Serrano.
Men’s Goalball Semifinal action arrives on Thursday 2 September, before we return out focus to the track for Session 14 of the Athletics from the Tokyo Olympic Stadium.
Cuba’s sprinting queen Omara Durand knows that the eyes of the world will be on her as she defends the three Paralympic titles won in Rio five years ago, but she will only be worried about what her young daughter Ericka thinks.
“She understands perfectly what I do,” Durand said. “I will give everything on the track so that she feels proud of me. Even though she longs to be by my side all the time, she will be at home and see me running. Her applause will be with me.”
The skill and determination of Canoeing will capture the imagination early on Friday 3 September, before the Men’s Team Final for Table Tennis is a feature event.
The penultimate day of the Paralympics, Saturday 4 September, opens with the Men and Women’s Finals in Badminton and ends with the start of the Marathon event (which will run into Sunday morning), while the Singles and Doubles Finals for both Men and Women in Wheelchair Tennis will feature in between.
Defending Men’s Singles Wheelchair Tennis champion Gordon Reid has momentum on his side coming into the Paralympics: “I started well this year with some good results in Australia, Rotterdam and then Loughborough and I feel that I’ve built that momentum again,” said the British player.
“Physically, I’m feeling good and mentally I’m really motivated and I’m enjoying a lot of success in doubles with Alfie (Hewett), so I take a lot of confidence from that, as well. What’s really important for me is to be enjoying situations and not get stressed by any pressure.”
The Closing Ceremony on the afternoon of Sunday 5 September brings Tokyo 2020 to a close, but before then there are feature finals for Women in the Sitting Volleyball and Men in the Wheelchair Basketball.
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Paralympic Games broadcast highlights, 31 August – 5 September 2021
All times CAT
Tuesday 31 August
00:50: Cycling, Road Session 1 – LIVE on SuperSport Olympic MX12
09:25: Table Tennis, Session 14 – LIVE on SuperSport Olympic MX13
Wednesday 1 September
01:55: Swimming, Session 15 – LIVE on SuperSport Olympic MX14 and SuperSport Variety 3
05:20: Wheelchair Basketball, Men’s Quarterfinal – LIVE on SuperSport Olympic MX14
Thursday 2 September
06:55: Goalball Men’s Semifinal – LIVE on SuperSport Olympic MX11
11:50: Athletics, Session 14 – LIVE on SuperSport Olympic MX12 and SuperSport Variety 2
Friday 3 September
02:25: Caneoing, Men KL1 KL2 KL3 Finals, Women VL2 Final – LIVE on SuperSport Olympic MX13
09:55: Table Tennis, Men Team Final – LIVE on SuperSport Olympic MX14
Saturday 4 September
01:55: Badminton, Men & Women Finals – LIVE on SuperSport Olympic MX13
04:55: Wheelchair Tennis, Men & Women, Singles & Doubles Finals – LIVE on SuperSport Olympic MX12
23:30: Athletics, Men & Women Marathon – LIVE on SuperSport Olympic MX11 and SuperSport Variety 2
Sunday 5 September
02:50: Sitting Volleyball, Women’s Final – LIVE on SuperSport Olympic MX12
05:05: Wheelchair Basketball, Men’s Final – LIVE on SuperSport Olympic MX13
12:15: Closing Ceremony – LIVE on SuperSport Olympic MX11 and SuperSport Variety 2