Departments: Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Wheelchair Basketball player Ade Adepitan talks about the foundings of the Paralympic movement in the UK and looks ahead to the London 2012 Games.
Wheelchair Basketball player Ade Adepitan talks about the foundings of the Paralympic movement in the UK and looks ahead to the London 2012 Games. Subtitled version.
Ministers today vowed to capitalise on the success of the Olympics by working with UK firms to realise an international business legacy that could be worth £13bn to the UK economy in future years.
Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt today celebrated the Paralympics-spirit when he joined athletes from Morocco, Pakistan, the DRC and Senegal. The athletes are training at the University of Bedfordshire ahead of the Games, which begin on 29 August.
We have published a list of VIPs (Heads of State and Government, their representatives, and UK Government representatives) who are attending the Olympic Opening Ceremony tonight.
An update on the Heads of State that will be attending the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games
The Sydney 2000 Games are considered the model Olympics for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and the IOC itself. There are many ways in which Australia is influencing the Games or the wider celebrations across the UK.
Germany has a proud Olympic history. Together with the UK, it was one of the 14 nations who participated in the very first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Today, both countries have strong business and cultural links also reflected in the London 2012 Games.
Canada and the United Kingdom have strong relationships based on our shared history and heritage. Elizabeth II, as Head of State, opened the Montreal Games and will also open this year’s London 2012 Olympic (27 July 2012) and Paralympic Games (29 August 2012). But this is only one example of the strong connection and Canada’s impact on the Games.
After the success of the Beijing Games four years ago, the UK is hoping to bring some of the same precision and outstanding organisation to London 2012. But that is not the only way in which China is influencing the Games, or the wider celebrations across the UK.