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Last Updated: Monday, 4 July 2005, 14:29 GMT 15:29 UK
Princess boosts Paralympic hopes
By Andrew Fraser
BBC Sport in Singapore

Princess Royal
The Princess Royal has been supporting London's 2012 bid
The Princess Royal believes disability sport will receive a major boost if London wins the right to stage the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

Princess Anne, one of Britain's International Olympic Comittee members, said the Paralympics was now being taken more seriously.

"Previously, it was considered an add-on, but it is now a compulsory part of a Games bid" she said.

"London could contribute enormously in seeing what is really possible."

London will find out on Wednesday whether it has beaten Paris, New York, Madrid and Moscow for hosting rights in 2012.

Britain's wheelchair basketball star Ade Adepitan said: "One of the strengths of our bid has to be the fact that 80% of Paralympians will be able to stay in an accessible village which is walking or pushing distance to the competition and training venues.

"As an athlete, the last thing you want to do is to be stuck on a bus for hours trying to get to a training or competition venue."


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