POSTED: August 4th 2014

IPC President Sir Philip: Glasgow 2014 a tremendous success

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) International Paralympic Committee President Sir Philip Craven has drawn parallels between the London 2012 Paralympic Summer Games and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, which he called a “tremendous success” in terms of raising awareness for para-sport.

“Glasgow 2014 has been a tremendous success,” he said. Craven was in attendance at the Games’ Opening Ceremony. “Huge congratulations must go to our former colleague David Grevemberg, CEO of Glasgow 2014, his team, and the wonderful volunteers, who have done a terrific job in organising such a great sporting event.

“To build on the success of London 2012 is no mean feat, but Glasgow 2014 has done just that, creating a feel-good factor that has stretched all the way from the host country, across the Commonwealth, and beyond.

“Everything about the event has been first class – the organisation, the crowds, the coverage – even the famous Scottish weather played fair for most of the time.”

Grevemberg, former IPC executive director of Sport and International Federation Relations, helped para-sports gain entry into the medal events category of the Commonwealth Games back in 2002, when the event was held in Manchester.

About 300 athletes competed for 22 medals in the sports of athletics, cycling, lawn bowls, powerlifting, and swimming.

“The para-sport programme has been outstanding and was really well received by all,” Craven said. “The feedback from athletes has been phenomenal with many saying it was just like London 2012 all over again.

“To see para-athletes making the front and back page of newspapers, making the headlines, and enjoying the profile they deserve for their performances was great to see. I would personally like to thank all the media and broadcasters for their superb coverage during Glasgow 2014.

“Such recognition helps to build the profile of para-sport post London 2012 and underlines that what was achieved at London 2012 was no fluke; people now see para-sport as high performance sport featuring the world’s best athletes.”

The number of medal events at the Commonwealth Games has risen with each incarnation since 2002, and Gold Coast 2018 should continue the trend.

“In the same way that Glasgow 2014 has helped build on the success of London 2012, Gold Coast 2018 will be the biggest showcase of para-sport in Australia since the Sydney 2000 Paralympics,” Craven said.

“The organising committee is committed to including para-sport events. The IPC, together with the Commonwealth Games Federation, will be working closely with them to ensure we have a strong programme in four years’ time with events that cover athletes and sports which are strongly represented within the Commonwealth.”

Glasgow 2014 was held from 23 July to 3 Aug.

Keywords · International Paralympic Committee · IPC · Para-sport · Glasgow 2014 · London 2012 · Olympics · Paralympics · Commonwealth Games ·

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