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Reprinted from PN June 2011

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Sir Philip Craven promises an awe-inspiring and spectacular showcase of sport when the Paralympic Games open in London in August/September 2012.

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International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Sir Philip Craven promises an awe-inspiring and spectacular showcase of sport when the Paralympic Games open in London in August/September 2012.

More than 4,200 athletes from some 150 countries will participate in the Games, competing in 20 different sports. Approximately 750,000 people have registered their interest in attending the Paralympics.

“Those who have never seen a Paralympic Games will be surprised and taken aback at the sheer quality of performances from the athletes,” says Craven. “These Games are the pinnacle of an athlete’s career, and all around the world they are training long hours each day in order to compete at the highest level next August and September.”

The last Paralympic Games, in Beijing in 2008, attracted 3,951 athletes from 146 countries. A total of 279 world records were broken during the 12 days of competition.

“One thing I think is an absolute certainty for next year is that the performance levels of athletes will once again be significantly raised,” says Craven. “The likes of international athletes such as Esther Vergeer, Natalie du Toit, and Jason Smyth really will light up the venues and TV screens with their performances.”

In London, approximately 2 million tickets will be available, and Craven believes spectators will turn out in force to see the events.

“We want these Games to be a truly global event, not just in terms of athletes and countries taking part but also in terms of spectators coming from all over the world to see this elite showcase of sport.”

 To register for tickets, visit www.tickets.london2012.com.

 

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