Paralympics: London 2012 in numbers
The London 2012 Paralympics, which take place from August 29 to September 9, are set to be biggest in the Games’ 52-year history.
Here is a breakdown in numbers:
- A record 2.5 MILLION TICKETS have been put on sale, with organisers expecting the first-ever Paralympic sell-out.
- 4,200 ATHLETES are vying in 503 medal events, up from 3,951 competitors in Beijing in 2008.
- There are 20 PARALYMPIC SPORTS in 2012, including athletics, swimming, cycling, wheelchair rugby, and goalball, in which visually-impaired athletes play with a ball embedded with a bell.
- 15 MEN’S 100 METRE FINALS will be contested under the complex Paralympic classification system, which tries to ensure fair competition by pitting athletes of similar levels of impairment against each other.
- 166 COUNTRIES are expected to send athletes to the Games.
- Some 16 nations will be making their Paralympic debut, including North Korea and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- There are 15 COMPETITION VENUES, including the Olympic Stadium, velodrome, aquatics centre and Eton Manor, a permanent new complex of nine wheelchair tennis courts inside the Olympic Park.
- 1,250 ANTI-DOPING SAMPLES will be taken during the Paralympics, an increase of 25% since Beijing.
- A workshop with 15,000 SPARE PARTS will be on standby to repair athletes’ wheelchairs, prosthetic limbs and orthoses — devices which support the limbs.
- 580 TORCHBEARERS will carry the Paralympic flame in a 24-hour relay from Stoke Mandeville — the birthplace of the Paralympic movement, in southern England — to arrive at London’s Olympic Stadium on August 29.
- 780 HOURS OF LIVE COVERAGE will be streamed on the International Paralympic Committee’s website, with commentary in English and Spanish.