2012 Summer Paralympics Games starts Today


2012 Summer Paralympics Games starts Today

The 2012 Summer Paralympic Games will be the fourteenth Paralympics and will take place between 29 August and 9 September, as governed by the International Paralympic Committee. They will be held in London, United Kingdom, after the city was successful with its bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics. It is the second largest multi-sport event ever held within the United Kingdom after the 2012 Summer Olympics.

The Games are expected to be the largest and most commercially successful Paralympics ever: Great Britain’s success during the recent Summer Olympics and growing interest in Paralympic sport worldwide contributed to a significantly higher demand for tickets to the Games than in previous years, breaking numerous sales records.[2] They will also mark the return of the Paralympic movement to its birthplace; the British village of Stoke Mandeville first hosted the Stoke Mandeville Games, an athletics event for British World War II veterans, to coincide with the opening of the 1948 Summer Olympics in London. The Stoke Mandeville Games were the first ever organized sporting event for the disabled, and served as a precursor to the modern Paralympic Games.[2][3] Stoke Mandeville also co-hosted the 1984 Summer Paralympics with the American region of Long Island after its original host, the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois, pulled out of hosting the Games due to financial issues.[4]

The Games will officially be opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.[1]

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[1] London 2012 Paralympic Games to be opened by The Queen”. LOCOG (London2012.com). 29 February 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
[2] “Paralympics organisers feel London is launchpad for mass-market Games”. The Guardian.
[3] “History of the Paralympics”. BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
[4] “Mandeville Legacy: Stoke Mandeville 1984”. Retrieved 14 August 2012.

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