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The London 2012 Olympic Games have ended. The last note of the Closing Ceremony has been sung and the last firework has arced into the sky. However, London is yet again gearing up to be at the centre of the world, with the Paralympic Games due to get underway soon. Officials have already begun to arrive in the Athletes’ Village and workers have been very busy making alterations to the Olympic Park.
The days after the Olympics ends can often be tough for fans. People all over the world have become used to watching the Games on television when they come home from a long day at work or have finished surfing the internet and sites like party. Fortunately for them however, there are only 16 days to wait after the Closing Ceremony of the Olympics, before the Paralympic Games begins.
The Paralympics will be using about a third of the volunteers needed for the Olympics, and this group of people are being trained in the specifics of this event. Buses are being converted and signs are being changed, all in preparation for the days to come when yet more athletes and spectators will descend upon the Olympic Park and the place will become a hive of activity once again.
All of the Olympic venues were already designed to be accessible and inclusive, so there is not a huge transition needed for the Paralympics in this respect. However some changes have been made, including around 300 buses being modified to allow space for five or six wheelchair users to ride in comfort. There are new venues and some old ones that will not be used, as well as a different look and feel to this upcoming event. The Paralympic Games will take place from 29th August to 9th September and it will no doubt be a very exciting time for all involved.
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