IPC chief: Beijing Paralympics 'greatest'
Updated: 2008-09-17 21:53
BEIJING - The Beijing Paralympic Games are "the greatest Paralympic Games ever," said International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Philip Craven at the Games' closing ceremony staged in the National Stadium in northern Beijing on Wednesday night.
International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Philip Craven puts a paper red leaf into his pocket before delivering a speech at the Games' closing ceremony in the National Stadium in Beijing on Wednesday night. [Xinhua]
Craven said in his closing speech that "what a great Paralympic Games this has been!
"An ethereal opening ceremony, staggering athletic performances in perfect stadia, the best ever Paralympic Villages, amazing high definition television coverage, a never ending and self generating supply of passion and emotion, superb organization, wonderful volunteers, millions of new Paralympic sports aficionados both here in China and around the world."
He said "it is all about spirit. The Paralympic spirit that is ever bright in our movement, found here in China, a kindred spirit. It reached out to you, you embraced it and it is now cherished in your hearts.
"Now these spirits are united, "One World", "One Dream" and "One People" has become a reality." Full Text