Wednesday, June 29, 2011

ESPN To Air Special Olympics World Games


The Special Olympics World Games kick off Saturday in Athens, Greece, but fans around the world will be able to get in on the action through a deal with ESPN.

The sports network said this week that it will air the opening and closing ceremonies of the games live on

ESPN will also include coverage of the Special Olympics games on the network’s main website and news clips of the event could air on television as well.

This summer’s games in Athens are the 13th Special Olympics World Games, which are held every two years and alternate between winter and summer.

The event is expected to draw some 7,000 athletes from 180 countries to compete in 22 different sports from swimming to track to table tennis.

The live webcast of the opening ceremonies will be Saturday at 1 p.m. EST. Closing ceremonies will will air July 4 at 1 p.m. EST.

Among those attending what’s expected to be the largest sporting event in the world this year will be a White House delegation headed by Jill Biden.

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