The 2012 Summer Paralympic Games is going to take place between 29 August and 9 September 2012. It is the fourteenth Paralympics and London has been selected as the venue of the grand event after the city was successful with its bid for the Paralympics and Summer Olympic Games. About 1.6 million tickets will be available for the various events. The predicted sell-out rate is estimated to be 63%. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) reported, "With its rich history, the capacities of UK Paralympic Sport are among the best in the world."
Though London is staging its third Olympic Games, this is the first Paralympic Games to be held here.
There will be almost 20 sports disciplines in the Paralympics programme for London 2012…More
The Opening ceremony of London Paralympics 2012 is on 29 August, 2012 while the Closing Ceremony is on 9 September 2012. If you are looking for the complete schedule events calendar, you can get it here…More
The London Paralympics 2012 are going to be held over a lot of interesting places, - some new venues, existing and historic facilities, and temporary facilities. What’s more, some events are going to be held in well-known locations such as Hyde Park and Horse Guards Parade...More
Find the complete list of participating countries in summer London Paralympics 2012...More
The official mascots for the 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, Wenlock and Mandeville, were revealed on the 19th of May, 2010, both at the same time. Both the animations depicted two drops of steel from a steelworks in Bolton.
Wenlock is named after the Shropshire town of Much Wenlock while Mandeville after Stoke Mandeville, a town in Buckinghamshire where the Paralympic Games were first held. The story concepts for the mascots were written by the writer Michael Morpurgo; even an animation has been produced. In the run-up to the Games in 2012, it is going to be a part of an ongoing series concerning the mascots.
The London 2012 Organizing Committee has partnered with major companies to fund the gala event. The first partner to team up with the Organizing Committee as a Paralympics-only sponsor is the Sainsbury's, the second largest chain of supermarkets in the United Kingdom. It has also been the largest sponsor of the Paralympics in the history of the Games. Other "Tier One" partners for the Paralympics and the Olympics are Adidas, BMW, BP, British Airways, BT, EDF Energy and Lloyds TSB. The "Tier Two" sponsors include Adecco, Cadbury, Cisco, Deloitte, Thomas Cook and UPS while the"Tier Three" partners include Germanprosthetics Company Otto Bock which is also a Paralympics-only sponsor.
It is estimated by the organizers that almost 1.5 million tickets would be available for the Paralympic Games. The sign-up for the tickets was launched on 22 March 2010. The tickets will be going on sale from September 9, 2011. However, the prices of the tickets are going to be announced few months in advance, in May, 2011. The organizers are hopeful that 63% of Paralympic tickets will be sold. There will also be free events, like, the marathon, and road cycling.
The Games will be broadcast by United Kingdom: Channel 4. It is going to have 150 hours of television coverage for the viewers.
The Olympic and Paralympic Flag were raised outside City Hall on Friday, 26 September, 2008. This marked the beginning of the Paralympiad. Until 2012, the flag will proudly sway outside the City Hall.
Complete List of London Paralympics Medal Tally 2012