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I-drive Disability News Updates: London 2012 will be the biggest Paralympic games ever

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has confirmed this year’s Paralympic games will be the biggest ever, with around 4,200 competitors from 165 countries.

In Beijing four years ago there were competitors from 19 fewer countries.

Of the countries competing, 16 will be making their Paralympic debut in London – Antigua & Barbuda, Brunei, Cameroon, Comoros, Djibouti, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, North Korea, San Marino, Solomon Islands, Trinidad & Tobago and US Virgin Islands.

IPC president, Sir Phillip Craven, said: “The Games won’t just be the biggest ever in terms of athletes and countries either. I also believe the levels of athletic performance will reach new levels and a record number of TV viewers around the world [will] tune in.

“The recent Paralympic test events gave us all a flavour of what we can expect later this summer, and between now and 29 August the excitement levels will continue to rise to astronomical levels.”

Today (21 May) marks 100 days until the start of the Paralympic Games with the opening ceremony taking place on Wednesday, 29 August.

Coldplay has been confirmed as the star act for the closing ceremony on Sunday, 9 September.

In other news, the government has offered short-term subsidies to employers taking over any of the 36 state-owned Remploy factories facing closure.

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