Welcome Back To London
There are just two days to go until the world is welcomed back to London for another feast of sporting action. Whether the world will take any notice of the globe’s second largest sporting event remains to be seen. Certainly here in the UK, we’re taking notice. For most, they’ll be taking notice for the first time. While previous games have had limited television coverage, these games will enjoy live blanket coverage across multiple channels.
There’s almost a nervous curiosity across the country. People are excited for the Paralympics but they don’t really know what to expect. Everyone enjoyed the Olympics so much, they want more of it, but they’re not sure the Paralympics will deliver what they desire. Having myself watched TV coverage from previous Paralympics, I’m certain they will. The sport is just as good, just as exciting and perhaps even more inspiring than the Olympics.
London continues to ready itself for the Paralympics. All the Olympic rings have been removed from public buildings and bridges (including Tower Bridge) and replaced with the Paralympic symbol, the ‘Agitos’ (“I move”, in Latin). There’s been some public concern about this, many unaware that the International Olympic Committee and their rings have nothing to do with the Paralympics. The IOC and the IPC (International Paralympic Committee) are linked by a partnership that ensures host cities run both games. Other than that, they are completely separate organisations. Judging by the number of Olympic rings in newspapers and magazines this week, the IPC have some work to do to educate the masses.
This week, I’ll be wearing the shirt pictured above (proudly bearing the Paralympic Agitos I hasten to add). Like in the Olympics, I’ll be playing a small role in ensuring these Paralympics are the best ever.
Where Can I Watch The Games?
If you’re reading this is a country where the Paralympics aren’t being broadcast, fear not. The IPC will be broadcasting five free live streams in English and Spanish throughout the games. You can also follow the action via the official London 2012 website and via Channel 4 who are the UK’s host broadcaster for the games.