To coincide with `World Disability Day' this Frdai (3 December), French TV channel TV5Monde will be dedicating an hour long programme to Paralympic Sport.
As part of its critically acclaimed `La Magie de..' series, the French broadcaster will screen a special show on `The Magic of Paralympic Sport' hosted by Laurent Bellet.
Featuring highlights from recent Paralympic Games, profiles on French athletes and heroic performances that do not often receive the media limelight and airtime they deserve, the programme also includes a discussion on the key issues affecting the Paralympic Movement.
Taking part in the discussion are International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Sir Philip Craven; Gerard Masson, President of the French Paralympic Committee and Stephane Diagana, the 1997 world champion over 400m hurdles.
Joining them are a number of France's top Paralympic athletes including Wheelchair tennis player Florence Gravellier, who won two bronze medals at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games; athlete Joel Jeannot, the 10,000 gold medalist from Athens 2004 Paralympic Games and Thu Kamkasomphou, the two-time 2000 and 2008 Paralympic gold medalist in table-tennis
Sir Philip Craven said: "I would like to congratulate TV5 Monde on producing an excellent programme that showcases the best of Paralympic Sport whilst providing a fitting platform to discuss and debate a number of issues from within the Movement.
"The programme does real justice to just how dedicated and professional Paralympic athletes are and hopefully by watching the programme viewers will see what role models are involved in Paralympic sport."
`La Magie du Hanisport' screens this Friday on TV5Monde at 21.00 French time.
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