WOWOW, Japan’s leading premium pay TV broadcaster, has announced that its first series of documentaries featuring many of the world’s leading Para athletes will start airing this October.
Archer Zahra Nemati made history at London 2012 becoming the first Iranian women to win Olympic or Paralympic gold. She has qualified for both the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio.
The “Who I Am” series have been produced by WOWOW, Japan’s TV channel.
The “Who I Am” series will tell the stories of a number of Para athletes following their journey to the Rio 2016, PyeongChang 2018 and Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
The documentaries are produced in collaboration with the International Paralympic Committee as part of a five-year agreement leading up to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
“We are so proud of all the athletes featured in our series,” said Akira Takana, WOWOW President. “They are all strong high performance medal winning athletes and each brings a unique and powerful story to the table. I cannot wait to share their stories and experiences with the world.”
The first eight athletes to appear in the series are: Daniel Dias (Brazilian swimmer), Ellie Cole (Australian swimmer), Marlou van Rhijn (Netherlands’ sprinter), Ricardinho - Ricardo Alves (Brazilian football 5-a-side player), Safet Alibasic (Bosnia and Herzegovina’s sitting volleyball player), Shingo Kunieda (Japanese wheelchair tennis player), Zahra Nemati (Iranian archer) Tatyana McFadden (USA’s wheelchair racing athlete)
As part of the series, WOWOW, who are celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, has enlisted Kunihiko Ryo to produce the series theme song and Keiichi Nitta to capture photography, paralympic.org wrote.