Some of the world’s most talented athletes with intellectual disabilities will be center stage on national television under a deal with ESPN. Organizers of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles said the sports network will broadcast next year’s summer games.
ESPN will produce live coverage of the opening ceremony as well as a nightly highlights program, the organizing committee said. Though specific details are not yet available, ESPN is expected to air the event on its television networks and online.
The World Games are held every two years and alternate between summer and winter. The Los Angeles games, which will kick off July 25, 2015, are expected to draw some 7,000 athletes and 500,000 spectators from around the globe.
ESPN previously streamed coverage of the 2011 World Games in Athens, Greece on ESPN3.com.