LONDON, Aug. 30 – RIA Novosti, Elena Pakhomova. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II announced XIV Paralympic Games open at a solemn ceremony on Wednesday tonight in London.
The head of the United Kingdom has announced the opening from the presidential box of the Olympic Stadium, where she watched the ceremony together with her grandson Prince William, his wife Kate Middleton, the other members of the Royal Family and the International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge.
“I declare open the Paralympic Games in 2012,” – said Elizabeth.
Paralympians brought the traditional oath of allegiance “to the ideals of the Paralympic movement, fair play and impartiality.” Oath on behalf of the Paralympic Games pronounced the medalist of 2008 in the swimming Briton Liz Johnson, referee of rugby in wheelchairs Richard Ollkroft and coach of equestrian David Hunter.
Before the official announcement the speeches at the opening ceremony were pronounced by the head of the organizing committee of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games LOCOG Sebastian Coe and the head of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Philip Craven.“Sport shows us what we can do, shows that we can overcome any boundaries, no limits. There is no word” no “in the sport- said Coe.Craven, in his speech paid special attention to the history of Paralympism which was born in Britain and ideologist of which was English neurosurgeon Ludwig Guttman, who organized the competition for athletes in wheelchairs – veterans of the Second World War. The first contests, which became the prototype of the Paralympic were held in 1948 in the British city of Stoke Mandeville. According to the President of the IPC, London not only continues to develop the ideas of Gutman, but also achieves new heights in promoting the Paralympic movement and to demonstrate “the power of human spirit.”
“Your performances will inspire and fascinate the audience not only the present but also the future generations,” – said Craven. “Sport, which you did not see it” – so he described the current mood of the Paralympics, which promises to be the biggest in the history.Paralympics will last in the British capital before September 9, will be attended by 4.2 thousand athletes from 164 countries who will compete in 20 sports and compete for 503 sets of medals.