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Fans will be able to watch as the USA Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team looks to defend its Paralympic gold medal, while the USA Men's Wheelchair Basketball Team is hoping to medal after faltering 62-59 to Great Britain in the quarterfinals in Athens and

Follow the 2008 USA Wheelchair Basketball Teams In Beijing on ParalympicSport.TV

Sept. 4, 2008 - Beijing, China

Fans will be able to watch as the USA Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team looks to defend its Paralympic gold medal, while the USA Men's Wheelchair Basketball Team is hoping to medal after faltering 62-59 to Great Britain in the quarterfinals in Athens and being relegated to the 7th/8th place game.

On Sept. 4, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) officially confirmed that a minimum of eight hours per day of live commentated coverage of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games will be broadcast on IPC's internet TV channel ParalympicSport.TV. Beijing Olympic Broadcasting Co., Ltd (BOB), host broadcaster of the Paralympic Games, will provide live signals of ten Paralympic sports including Athletics, Boccia, Cycling (Track), Judo, Table Tennis, Volleyball (Sitting), Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Fencing, Wheelchair Rugby, and Wheelchair Tennis.

While both USA teams fell to our Neighbors to the North in the gold medal game at the 2006 Wheelchair Basketball World Championship, the women fell to Canada 58-50 and the men's gold medal game loss to the Habs was 59-41; they each bring strength and experience to Beijing in hopes of returning to the States with double gold.

The USA women return numerous players from the '06 World Championship team, including leading scorer Jennifer Ruddell (Champaign, Ill.), who posted 18.5 ppg., and team second bests of 9.8 rpg., 3.3 apg. and a team-high 2.3 spg. USA veteran Christina Ripp (Littleton, Colo./Dane, Wis.), the USA's second-leading scorer at the '04 Paralympics, averaged 14.3 ppg. and team-highs of 10.2 rpg. and 5.3 apg. at the '06 Worlds; while Carlee Hoffman (Champaign, Ill./Cutlerville, Mich.), who averaged 8.0 ppg. and 4.7 rpg. in 2006, also returns for the talent-stocked U.S. squad.

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The 2004 USA Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team celebrates its '04 Paralympic gold medal finish.

On the men's side, returning to the team from the 2006 USA World Championship Team is Mike Paye (Warren, Mich.), who was the USA's top scorer at the '06 Worlds with 13.1 ppg., and also contriubted 3.4 apg. This year's USA team also features Matt Scott (Detroit, Mich./Whitewater, Wis.), who posted 11.9 ppg., 4.4 rpg. and a team-best 2.4 rpg.; Joe Chambers (Whitewater, Wisc.), the USA's leading rebounder at 6.1 rpg., who also averaged 10.6 ppg.; Jeremy Lade (Janesville, Wisc.), who added 8.5 ppg. and a team-best 3.5 apg.; and Paul Schulte (Bradenton, Fla.) with 7.1 ppg., 4.8 rpg. and 2.9 apg.

The official program of ParalympicSport.TV will have an interesting mixture of the aforementioned sports, with additional daily highlights provided as video on-demand. The daily highlights will also include those sports that are not covered in the live stream. SIXTY Seconds™, the daily news show presented by Paralympian Ambassador Chris Waddell, will wrap up the latest Paralympic Games News. It will be available on the main channel at www.ParalympicSport.TV, as well as on the YouTube Channel of ParalympicSport.TV at www.youtube.com/paralympicsporttv.

The IPC together with its partners Narrowstep Ltd. and brandstage.tv GmbH have agreed with Level 3 Communications on a solution for the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games to provide the live stream on ParalympicSport.TV, free of charge. Said Sir Philip Craven, IPC President: 'The IPC is very happy about this great commitment for the worldwide distribution of the Games. It is superb news for those who do not have the opportunity to watch Paralympics on TV.'

Narrowstep Ltd. is providing the broadcast platform and technology for the coverage on ParalympicSport.TV. As the world's leading technical solution provider in the Internet TV space, Narrowstep was founded in 2002 in Great Britain. The company already supported the Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games, streaming nearly 100 hours of live content. The Managing Director of Narrowstep, Ari Kestin, said he is proud to once again be working with the IPC and supporting the Paralympics and sees the significance of the company's involvement.

Level 3 will be providing the Live streaming services for ParalympicSport.TV. The streaming will be delivered in high-quality to all fans of the Paralympic Games around the world. Level 3 has a broad service portfolio, coupled with extensive network reach. Additionally, the company has strong network performance and invests in unprecedented network scale. This unique combination of assets, engineering innovation, and portfolio allows Level 3 to support the live coverage of the Paralympics in an optimal way.

ParalympicSport.TV is managed by brandstage.tv GmbH, co-founding partner of ParalympicSport.TV together with the IPC and Narrowstep Ltd. As a full service internet television agency based in Hamburg, Germany, brandstage.tv provides the production and editorial work for the channel. The channel is supported by Samsung and Visa, official World Wide Partner of IPC.

A detailed schedule of the live coverage will be available on www.paralympic.org. To subscribe, please visit www.ParalympicSport.TV .

About The IPC
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. The IPC organizes the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, and serves as the International Federation for nine sports, for which it supervises and co-ordinates the World Championships and other competitions. The IPC is committed to enabling Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and to developing sport opportunities for all persons with a disability from the beginner to elite level. In addition, the IPC aims to promote the Paralympic values, which include courage, determination, inspiration and equality.

Founded on 22 September 1989, the IPC is an international non-profit organization formed and run by 162 National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) from five regions and four disability specific international sports federations (IOSDs). The IPC Headquarters and its management team are located in Bonn, Germany.

For further information, please contact Steffi Klein, IPC Media and Communications Senior Manager, on e-mail: steffi.klein@paralympic.org or go to www.paralympic.org and www.ParalympicSport.tv