Exclusive: Sir Philip Craven Adamant Paralympic Games will be a ‘tremendous success’
By Community | August 29, 2012
Sir Philip Craven is expecting the London Paralympic Games to be a ‘tremendous success’.
In an exclusive interview with iSportconnect, clinic Sir Philip was looking for continued success for the Paralympics following the country reeling from a tremendous London Olympics.
“It can often prove frustrating being the little brother to the Olympic Games, canada order ” said Sir Philip.
Nevertheless, according to Sir Philip Craven MBE, President, International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Paralympic Games are now positioned for sustained growth and are “seeing the fruit coming now off the tree.”
The Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games has proved to be a major catalyst for the increased popularity of the Paralympic Games. The daunting task both the IPC and LOCOG face is how to build on the momentum generated from what Sir Philip Craven described four years ago as ‘the greatest Paralympic Games ever”, but preparations have gone smoothly and all the small glitches have been stamped out.
“The way we have been able to partner LOCOG for the past six and a half years has really ensured that the Paralympic Games in London are going to be a tremendous success,” said Sir Philip.
“There have not been too many problems and six and a half years is a good period of time to iron any out and that is what has happened.”
Despite the colossal task put in front of LOCOG, the London 2012 Olympic Games seemed to overwhelm expectations and were undoubtedly a huge success. Sir Philip hopes for more of the same quintessential British enthusiasm during the Paralympics.
“I am looking for the British public and people from abroad to continue to fill up the Olympic and Paralympic Park and the venues. I want the same wonderful experiences that were present in the first part of August to continue into the middle of September.”
Despite his international responsibilities, the Brit swayed from the traditional diplomatic answers and offered a more patriotic prediction. He smiled: “Britain’s got an excellent record and were second in the medal table in Beijing so hopefully there will be gold medal winning performances for the fans to see.”
The London Paralympic Games begin tonight and end on September 9.
To read the entire interview, which covers a range of topics from broadcasting to partnerships to strategies, click on the link. http://bit.ly/SMfJ2b
Also check out Tim Reddish, Chairman British Paralympic Association video interview:
Part 1 – http://bit.ly/OJ5wks
Part 2 – http://bit.ly/MZgMeh