Para-archery will be broadcast from the Paralympics for the first time at Tokyo 2020 ©Tokyo 2020

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced that a record 21 disciplines from 19 sports are set to be broadcast live from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

The 21 disciplines will be broadcast alongside the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Archery, canoeing, equestrian, rowing and shooting will have live coverage from the Paralympics for the first time.

These have been announced in addition to 16 disciplines that were already due to be broadcast, including badminton, boccia, road cycling, goalball, triathlon and the athletics marathon, all of which are either making their Paralympic debut or were not included at Rio 2016.

Rounding off the list of disciplines set to be broadcast is athletics, track cycling, football five-a-side, judo, sitting volleyball, swimming, table tennis, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis.

Twelve disciplines from 12 sports had live coverage at the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

Para-rowing is one of the 19 sports set to be broadcast at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games ©IPC
Para-rowing is one of the 19 sports set to be broadcast at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games ©IPC

"Thanks to the growing interest and investment from broadcasters around the world to screen the Paralympic Games we have been able to significantly increase the number of sports to be broadcast live for Tokyo 2020," said Alexis Schaefer, the IPC's commercial, broadcasting and partnerships director.

"Our strategy throughout has been to invest all additional revenues generated from TV rights sales back in to the broadcasting plan for Tokyo 2020. 

"This is allowing us to broadcast live nine disciplines and seven sports more compared to Rio 2016, a huge leap forward which will benefit broadcasters and the whole Paralympic Movement.

"Without doubt Tokyo 2020 will have the best, most complete and in-depth TV coverage yet for a Paralympic Games.

"In addition to more live TV coverage, we are also investing into delivering far greater short form content for broadcasters to use in the form of highlights, athletes features and profiles. 

"With such comprehensive coverage in place we are very confident that viewing figures will exceed the record cumulative audience of 4.1 billion people that enjoyed the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games."

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will take place from August 26 to September 6, with 22 sports set to be contested in total.