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People pose for a picture in front of the Paralympic symbol, displayed at Copacabana beach ahead of the 2016 Rio Paralympic games in Rio de Janeiro, BrazilReuters

The Olympics is followed by the Paralympic games every four years but the sad part is we often forget to watch the games for the gifted athletes with that much interest as we do for the Olympics. Nevertheless, making a fresh start and slowly catching up with the sporting event is not that difficult as we presume it to be.

Here comes a major positive ahead of the Rio Paralympics: The games will be broadcast in a record 154 countries this time around, as compared to the London 2012 Paralympics, which was broadcast in around 115 countries. The message is clear: the organisers are keeping no stones unturned to make the oft-forgotten event reach everyone around the world.

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"We are excited to be able to build on the success of 2012, where we reached a cumulative 3.8 billion viewers, with a number of new broadcasters coming on board. Existing partners have also recognised the demand and potential of para sport by boosting their coverage, utilising new technologies and spreading it across platforms," mentioned Alexis Schaefer, the IPC's (International Paralympic Committee) Marketing and Commercial Director, in a statement.

"We are in a fantastic position across the world, including growth in the Americas which will make a huge contribution to the legacy of Rio 2016. I am delighted that we are enjoying great relationships with our largest ever group of broadcasters, who are essential and committed to building the profile and reach of the Paralympic Movement around the world," he added.

A total of 23 sports disciplines will be at display this time and approximately 4,300 impaired athletes will be plying their trade and gunning for glory. India, whose tally includes a total of eight medals (two golds, three silvers and three bronzes) over 12 Paralympic games, will have high hopes from Rio 2016 as it sends as many as 19 athletes for the event.

We have put out the schedule of events and where to watch on TV, so that it gets a little difficult for you to miss the Paralympics 2016:

Opening Ceremony: Sept. 7 @ the Maracana Stadium.

Sports Disciplines Dates Venue
Archery Sept. 10-17 Samb├│dromo
Athletics Sept. 8-18 Fort Copacabana, Olympic Stadium
Boccia Sept. 10-16 Carioca Arena 2
Paracanoe Sept.14, Sept. 15 Lagoa Stadium
Cycling (Road) Sept. 14-17 Pontal
Cycling (Track) Sept. 8-11 Rio Olympic Velodrome
Equestrian Sept. 11-16 Olympic Equestrian Centre
Football (five-a-side) Sept. 9-17 Olympic Tennis Centre
Football (seven-a-side) Sept. 8-16 Deodoro Stadium
Goalball Sept. 8-16 Future Arena
Judo Sept. 8-10 Carioca Arena 3
Powerlifting Sept. 8-14 Riocentro - Pavilion 2
Rowing Sept. 9-11 Lagoa Stadium
Sailing  Sept. 12-17 Marina da Gloria
Shooting Sept. 8-14 Olympic Shooting Centre
Sitting volleyball Sept. 9-18 Riocentro - Pavilion 6
Swimming Sept. 8-17 Olympic Aquatics Stadium
Table tennis Sept. 8-17 Riocentro - Pavilion 6
Para-triathlon Sept. 10, Sept. 11 Fort Copacabana
Wheelchair basketball  Sept. 8-17 Carioca Arena 1
Wheelchair fencing Sept. 12-16 Carioca Arena 3
Wheelchair rugby Sept. 14-18 Carioca Arena 1
Wheelchair tennis Sept. 9-16 Olympic Tennis Centre

Closing Ceremony: Sept. 18 @ the Maracana Stadium.

TV listings - American Movil (Latin America), Globo Sport TV (Brazil), NBC, NBCSN (USA), CBC (Canada), NHK (Japan), France 2, France 4 (France), Channel 4 (UK), SuperSport (Sub-Saharan African countries).

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