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Paralympics Thursday, 7 March, 2002, 11:18 GMT
IPC chief pleased with British support
Philip Craven will  be travelling to Salt Lake City
Craven will be travelling to Salt Lake City
New International Paralympic Committee chief Philip Craven tells BBC Sport Online that British support has helped the country achieve its unprecedented success.

With just over a month gone after starting his job as the new chief of the IPC job, Briton Philip Craven says that it has been non-stop globetrotting for him.

Craven, was elected as the second president of the Committee at the end of a two-day assembly in Athens in December.


We are also one of the leading country's in trying to remove the difference between Olympic and Paralympic athletes

Philip Craven
Since then, he has had to familiarise himself with his new staff at headquarters in Bonn, attend meetings with British sports' leading bodies and prepare for a trip to the Winter Paralympics.

"I'm going to the Winter Olympics on a special invitation from the new Olympic president Jacques Rogge, and then I'm going to open the Paralympics," said Craven.

"In my speech at the opening ceremony, I will tell the people how excited I am with winter sports, more so because I am quite new to these sports.

"I know Britain has a very small team going out there and I will be giving them my full support."

The Bolton man added how happy he was with what Britain has done to boost the Paralympics cause.

Britain enjoyed one of its most successful Summer Games, in Sydney, last year when the athletes brought back 131 medals, including 41 gold.

"I would say British Paralympics is supported as well as, if not better, than any Paralympic body in the world," he added.

"And we are also one of the leading country's in trying to remove the difference between Olympic and Paralympic athletes. That job isn't finished yet and probably never will be, but we are making a good fist of it.

"My aim is to make sure that nobody decides what the Paralympics is about, except for the people in the movement."

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