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  • Coe: No Paralympic Surprises So Far


    (ATR) LOCOG chairman Sebastian Coe says he wouldn’t change a thing about the 2012 Paralympics.
    LOCOG chair Sebastian Coe. (ATR/Panasonic Lumix)

    Speaking at Wednesday’s daily press briefing, he claimed everything for the Games has run as planned by LOCOG.

    “When we get to Rio in a month’s or two time there will be all sorts of things we will be able to look at,” he said in reference to London’s week-long debriefing with Rio 2016 organizers in the Brazilian city in November.

    “From the closeness where I am at the moment, I have to say it’s going pretty well. There’s nothing obviously we would have done differently.

    “We’ve got that right mix of making sure [the National Paralympic Committees, athletes and federations] are happy and we’ve delivered what we’ve needed to.”

    While Coe and Paralympic organizers have delivered consistently glowing reports on Games progress, Coe said that’s a reflection of all the feedback he’s received.

    “I don’t think there’s been anything that has genuinely surprised me,” he said.

    "I’m just pleased that the years of planning seem so far to have paid off. But let’s not run ahead of ourselves – we still have another four days of fantastic sport out there and a closing ceremony and to get everyone out of the Village and home safe. That’s when we can sort of look back.”
    Myles Porter (left) at the London Paralympics. (Getty Images)

    U.S. silver medalist in judo Myles Porter joined in with a rosy analysis of his own.

    “It’s definitely been something I’ll remember for the rest of my life,” he said of his competition experience.

    “For Rio, I think they have big shoes to fill.

    “I know in the U.S. alone, reading all the newspapers, they have London in the top three of every category which is awesome.”

    Sebastian Coe and Jason Helliwig, Australian Paralympic Committee president, exchange mascots from the 2000 and 2012 Paralympics. They expressed a desire for the two mascots to “holiday together” in the future. (ATR/Panasonic Lumix)
    Spectator Figures

    LOCOG spokesperson Jackie Brock-Doyle says 229,000 spectators filed in to Paralympic venues on Tuesday, 25,000 of whom went to ExCeL.

    Olympic Park attracted 166,000 visitors.

    Reported in London by Ed Hula III and Ed Hula

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