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Thousands of athletes are flooding into the Paralympic Village as London throws open its doors for a second instalment of sporting drama.

Athletes Move Into Paralympic Village

Athletes Move Into Paralympic Village

While there will be less than half the number of athletes in the Village as there was during the Olympics, the Paralympians will stay in the lower levels of the tower blocks to ensure the vibrant atmosphere remains.

Thousands of athletes are flooding into the Paralympic Village as London throws open its doors for a second instalment of sporting drama.

The Village will welcome 4,280 athletes from 166 different countries and organisers have spent the past five days getting ready for the new arrivals.

The site, which housed 11,000 competitors during the Olympic Games, was already designed to accommodate 1,800 wheelchair users but certain facilities have been added.

Shower chairs, grab rails and bath boards have been installed as well as ramps and upgraded rooms.

While there will be less than half the number of athletes in the Village as there was during the Olympics, the Paralympians will stay in the lower levels of the tower blocks to ensure the vibrant atmosphere remains.

Paralympics GB has the biggest team at the Games with 288 athletes, while the USA has 227, Russia has 187 and China a team of 178.

After the opening ceremony on Wednesday 29 August, competition will start the following day and end on 9 September.

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