More than 100 countries to broadcast Paralympics

London organizers say more than 100 countries will broadcast the

Paralympics, providing the most comprehensive coverage of the event

in history.

Ten broadcast deals have been signed since the Olympics ended in

London two weeks ago, ensuring coverage reaches countries such as

Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan.

Organizing committee chairman Sebastian Coe says the Paralympics

will have ”more athletes here than ever before, more countries

competing and … more media and broadcasters than ever

before.”

Organizers hope to wrap up further deals ahead of Wednesday’s

opening ceremony.

However, International Paralympic Committee President Philip

Craven says he is ”very disappointed” there will only be 5.5

hours of coverage – none of it live – in the United States, where

NBC owns the rights.

About 4,200 athletes from 166 delegations will be competing.