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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

London prepares for Paralympic Games

14th August 2012

With just three weeks to go until the start of the London 2012 Paralympic Games it has been confirmed that it is expected to be the biggest in history.

Organisers have confirmed that a total of 2.1 million tickets have already been sold for the competition - 600,000 have been purchased over the past month as the city enjoyed the Olympic Games.

A total of 1.8 million were sold for the Beijing Games so London's Paralympics is set to beat that already.

Sir Philip Craven, president of the International Paralympic Committee, said: "To have sold the most ever tickets for a Paralympic Games three weeks before the Opening Ceremony shows the insatiable appetite the public has for top class elite sport.

"So far London has delivered a quite spectacular Olympic Games which has further whetted the appetite of the public ahead of the Paralympics."

Visitors planning to stay in central London hotels can still purchase tickets for many of the events as more have just been released for general sale.

This is still the chance to watch sports such as wheelchair fencing, sitting volleyball, boccia and powerlifting. There are also still tickets available for the Paralympic opening and closing ceremonies in the higher price brackets.

The mayor of London has also suggested that tickets could be sold that allow people into the Olympic Park during the Paralympics so they can enjoy the atmosphere.

"Clearly there is already a massive demand for tickets because people have been enraptured by the images of the Park," explained Boris Johnson.

"If demand exceeds supply we will make sure that there are Paralympic Park tickets available as well."

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