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Games given two thumbs up

Updated: 2008-09-18 14:23


International Paralympic Committee (IPC) president Philip Craven (L) and Chinese President Hu Jintao acknowledge the spectators as they attend the closing ceremony of the Beijing Paralympic Games, September 17, 2008. [Xinhua]

"We had more media coverage, more broadcasts, and the IPC Youtube channels had more than 1.1 million visitors, the closing ceremony will attract even more," he said.

A total of 5,500 journalists covered the Games, with more than 1,100 hours of broadcasts. IPC's two online TV channels ParalympicSport.TV and, offered free viewing up to eight hours a day.

The Athens Paralympics four years ago attracted about 3,000 journalists with 617 hours of broadcasts.

Craven said he was also proud of the record number of athletes that participated.

A total of 4,032 athletes from 147 countries and regions competed in 20 events. Athens attracted 3,806 athletes from 136 countries and had 19 events.

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