Japanese pay-TV broadcaster WOWOW, in collaboration with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), has greenlit a docuseries focusing on para-athletes.
The as-of-yet untitled series will intend to increase awareness surrounding the Paralympic Movement on a global scale in the lead-up to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. The series will chronicle the journey of a raft of para-athletes to the Rio 2016, Pyeongchang 2018 and Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
With principle photography set to commence this month at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, the five-year agreement marks the first time the IPC has directly collaborated with a TV network in a project.
The series is expected to bow across WOWOW Prime in 2016.
“I strongly believe that ‘diversity’ is one of the most important keywords of our future. Through this series, we hope to further increase the awareness of IPC’s vision and hope to help viewers overcome obstacles of their own no matter their age, race, sex, national origin, religion or disability,” said Nobuya Wazaki, chairman of WOWOW, in a statement.