Please select your home edition
Edition
Absolute Marine

Sir Philip Craven challenges Rio 2016 to best London 2012

by IPC on 22 Nov 2012
.
International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Sir Philip Craven has challenged the organizing committee of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games to outdo the achievements of London 2012, and deliver the best ever Paralympic Games.

Speaking at the start of a two day debrief of the London 2012 Paralympic Games on Wednesday (21 November) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sir Philip praised the London 2012 Organizing Committee for creating a blueprint for how to organize a Paralympic Games.

London 2012 was the biggest Games to date with 4,237 athletes from 164 countries. They benefitted from a record 2.72 million spectators who created an electric atmosphere, whilst TV pictures were broadcast to over 115 countries and territories. Athletes broke 251 world and 314 Paralympic records and their performances generated record viewing figures and front page news in many countries.

Sir Philip Craven said: '74 days ago at the Closing Ceremony in the Olympic Stadium, I announced to the world I thought that London 2012 had been the best Paralympic Games ever.

'This is a statement I still well and truly stand by today.

'Thanks to the Games a generation has been inspired but also changed. The perception of someone with an impairment has changed, especially in Britain, where each week it appears a different survey is published underlining the impact of London 2012.

'The baton has now passed to Rio, a city which faces the same challenge London did four years ago after Beijing - a challenge to deliver an even better Paralympic Games.'

Despite describing London 2012 as the best ever Paralympics, Sir Philip believes there is room for improvement ahead of the 2016 Games. He is optimistic that a first Paralympics in South America has the potential to change not just Brazil but the whole continent. He also said the attraction of staging the Games in Rio is huge and that 2016 is an opportunity to fulfill the IPC vision 'To enable Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and inspire and excite the world'.

Sir Philip said: 'Where ever you are in the world, people want to come to Rio. If you say you're coming here people look at you with envy, they want to join you.

'This is a huge selling point and one we should look to capitalise on. Between now and 8th September 2016 when the Opening Ceremony takes place we should all work together to bring the world's athletes, spectators, media and broadcasters to Rio. We should co-ordinate all our effort to ensure the world is here to witness something unique and ultra-special.

'We have 1,386 days to go until the start of the Games and it is vital that we all work together to educate and motivate the Carioca to bring Rio's world famous carnival atmosphere to the Paralympics and let them claim ownership of the Games, just like London and the UK did.

'I'm confident we can do it, and even more confident that Rio has the potential to deliver the best ever Paralympic Games in 2016.'

The London 2012 debrief will conclude on Thursday (22 November). The objective of the event is to explore and discuss the opportunities the London 2012 experiences bring for the future, in order to maintain and build on the momentum of this summer.

On Friday (23 November) the IPC will hold a day long Project Review with the Rio 2016 Organising Committee to receive progress updates on preparations for the next summer International Paralympic Committee website
GAC Pindar FreightThe Water Shed - RonstanCollinson and Co

Related Articles

Collinson FX Market Commentary - Dec 9 - NZD climbs against all
The NZD has been a beneficiary of all the good news, pushing back to 0.7150 The NZD has been a beneficiary of all the good news, pushing back to 0.7150, while the AUD has traded 0.7450 despite weak GDP growth data. Commodities remain a strong story only contained by a rising reserve.
Posted on 9 Dec
Collinson FX Market Commentary - Dec 8 - Australian economy struggles
The currency recovered some of the losses overnight, to trade 0.7470, while the NZD consolidates above 0.7125. The Australian economy is struggling and the contraction in economic growth is a historical symptom of this. The currency recovered some of the losses overnight, to trade 0.7470, while the NZD consolidates above 0.7125. Action and rhetoric from the ECB will drive markets overnight, with the Fed next week expected to turn the page on QE infinity, rising from the ashes.agnation and disruption.
Posted on 8 Dec
Hella Marine appoints new Product manager
Ramon Surrey has joined Hella Marine as its new Product Manager. Hella Marine, the leading manufacturer of high-performance recreational and commercial marine lighting, has named Ramon Surrey as its new Product Manager. He is based out of the company's headquarter offices, located in Auckland, New Zealand.
Posted on 8 Dec
Collinson FX Market Commentary - Dec 7 - EU mired in stagnation
AUD sets out around 0.7450, while the NZD attempts to hold 0.7100. The AUD may come under pressure from expected weak GDP data today, but sets out around 0.7450, while the NZD attempts to hold 0.7100. The threats impacting the global economy are coming from Europe and Central Bank activity is being driven by economic fundamentals. The Fed is in a completely different cycle, with economic demand and growth, while the EU remains mired in stagnation and disruption.
Posted on 7 Dec
Introducing the Airbnb of the mooring and marina world
Have you ever struggled to find an available mooring, or do you have a mooring that is sitting vacant? Have you ever struggled to find an available mooring, or do you have a mooring that is sitting vacant? makefastmooring.com is aiming to solve this problem by connecting boat owners with those with vacant moorings or berths. With a growing number of moorings and marinas in New Zealand, Australia and around the world, makefastmooring.com allows people to find, rent and share moorings and berths.
Posted on 7 Dec
Introducing the Airbnb of the mooring and marina world
Have you ever struggled to find an available mooring, or do you have a mooring that is sitting vacant? Have you ever struggled to find an available mooring, or do you have a mooring that is sitting vacant? makefastmooring.com is aiming to solve this problem by connecting boat owners with those with vacant moorings or berths. With a growing number of moorings and marinas in New Zealand, Australia and around the world, makefastmooring.com allows people to find, rent and share moorings and berths.
Posted on 7 Dec
Yamaha announce Summer Outboard Cash Back offer
Yamaha is excited to announce the launch of a new summer retail promotion, offering customers a cash back redemption Yamaha is excited to announce the launch of a new summer retail promotion, offering customers a cash back redemption on portable and mid-power four stroke models in the range from 2.5 to 80 horsepower. This new promotion comes at a great time for customers who are looking to get on the water for the upcoming holiday season.
Posted on 7 Dec
Yamaha announce the F25 - with a 25% weight reduction
Yamaha's innovative new F25 is around 25% lighter, giving it a unique and unrivalled power-to-weight performance Yamaha's innovative new F25 is around 25% lighter, giving it a unique and unrivalled power-to-weight performance. It's not often an outboard is launched which truly leads its class by such a significant margin, but the new Yamaha F25 is just such an engine.
Posted on 7 Dec
Speed Thrills. Pain Kills. Minimise potential damage with Kollition™
We all love seeing the foilers get faster and faster. We all love seeing the foilers get faster and faster. One brand, Zhik®, was the first to develop a range of lightweight, low profile, flexible and waterproof padding in a purpose built wetsuit to help protect the sailors from damage when they or boat stops abruptly.
Posted on 7 Dec
Collinson FX Market Commentary - Dec 6 - NZD recovers post Key
The NZD lost ground on the news, but also recovered overnight, to trade 0.7150. The NZD lost ground on the news, but also recovered overnight, to trade 0.7150. The AUD had slipped with the rising safety-play of the reserve, but found ground, heading back towards 0.7500! watch out for the RBA decision, with no action expected, although associated commentary may impact the currency! Onwards and upwards for markets and the Dollar remains king!
Posted on 6 Dec