Dave Clarke, the captain of Great Britain’s five-a-side blind football squad, believes that the team can win a Paralympic medal this year.
Clarke has already won European silver and bronze medals and played for his country on more than 100 occasions and is hopeful the team will improve on its fifth place in the Beijing Games in 2008.
“There are seven or eight teams which could win a gold medal, that makes it very competitive,” explained the 41-year old from Hertfordshire.
“In the last cycle we have moved to a place where we have a realistic chance of a medal.
“I think the crowd is going to be immense. In blind football, we are used to having a couple of hundred spectators at the most. To know that it’s sold out with 3,500 around the 5-a-side pitch is incredible.”
Meanwhile, the seven-a-side squad face a tough competition at the Riverbank venue, especially as they face defending team Ukraine, Brazil and the US in the group stage of the championship.
For those staying in central London hotels, it is still possible to get tickets for many of the Paralympic events. There are also a number of places across the city to see the action for free.
Organisers have arranged a free BT London Live event at Trafalgar Square that will be open to the public from today (August 29th) to September 9th. All of the action from the Games will be shown on a giant screen in the square from 11am to 10pm every day. There will also be live entertainment twice a day with performances planned from Geno Washington & the Ram Jam Band, Music Youth and The Beat.
There are also further large screens showing the Games at Broadgate Circle near Liverpool Street Station; General Gordon Square in Woolwich and Potters Fields by Tower Bridge.