Professor David Bamford - Getting ready for Rio

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:15:00 BST

Getting ready for Rio

In August 2016 the Olympic Games take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and millions of spectators from around the world will be watching.

Long before the world’s elite athletes take to their sporting stage, there is a huge amount of work involved in planning such an event. The London 2012 Olympic Games have been widely recognised as being a successful and well organised event. The International Paralympic Committee wanted to find out more about what went well and how it worked. Professor David Bamford from the University of Huddersfield was invited to lead a research team at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

The research report was submitted to the International Paralympic Committee and was used in the London 2012 project debrief and the briefing for Rio de Janeiro 2016. It identified everything that worked well, why it worked and also generated specific areas for improvement – all of which have helped to inform the Brazil Organising Committee.
The findings have formed part of the London 2012 legacy as the knowledge gained has been shared with Rio de Janeiro for its 2016 Games.

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