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Published May 24, 2012
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A MERGER ON THE HORIZON? Int'l Paralympic Committee President Sir Philip Craven said that the Paralympics and Olympics “could merge.” Craven said that things are "developing all the time and nothing is 'set in stone.'" The BBC’s Damon Rose wrote the merger would be “a controversial move with some Paralympic athletes fearful that disability sporting events would be overshadowed.” But a BBC survey found that a joint Games “has some popular appeal.” Craven said, "It's really a logistical problem at the moment but I'm not dead against the idea, in principle, of them coming together at some time." He added, "It could not be before, I don't know, 2024, something like that, for the summer Games" (BBC.co.uk, 5/23).
LANE CHANGE: London Council Transport Committee Chair Catherine West said that Olympic sponsors “should be banned from using the specially designated Games Lanes.” West said that commercial partners “should use public transport instead.” In London, David Millward noted, “30 miles of road within London will contain a Games Lane, which have been created to ensure competitors and officials reach events in time.” The lanes were created “to avoid the chaos which beset the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, where competitors [struggled] to reach events on time after being stuck in heavy traffic” (TELEGRAPH.co.uk, 5/23).