BBC: Beijing Paralympic Games "the best ever"

Updated: 2008-09-17 23:53


LONDON -- BBC reported on Wednesday that once again, the Beijing Paralympic Games organizers produced a ceremony packed with light, sound and choreography, lapped up by a capacity Bird's Next audience.

Performers dance during the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games at the National Stadium September 17, 2008. [Xinhua] 

It said Mr Philip Craven, the International Paralympic Committee chief, paid tribute to "the best ever Paralympic villages, a never-ending and self-generating supply of passion and emotion, superb organization and wonderful volunteers" in his speech.

He hailed "millions of new Paralympic sports aficionados both her in China and around the world", BBC reported.

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London Mayor Boris Johnson took the Paralympic flag from Craven and Guo Jinlong, Mayor of Beijing, to signify the beginning of London's term as host city.

Earlier, Johnson said "Beijing gives us a superb challenge and a fantastic platform to go forward. We will work to make sure London is the most accessible Games ever."

"Now we must deliver for all disabled Londoners and visitors," he added.

"Our segment was a statement of intent that our Games will be inspiring and fun, and get the whole world involved," said London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe.

The British team are expected to arrive back at Heathrow Airport on Thursday. Celebrations are taking place in Britain to mark the handover. Up to 5,000 schools around Britain are holding similar celebrations, with some hosting Paralympic sports days.

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