Caught up in the excitement of the London Games? Fail to bag a ticket for one of the events? Well, all is not lost. For if you still want to see elite athletes at the top of their game, pushing themselves to the limit, then consider picking up some tickets for an event at the forthcoming Paralympics.
Competitors participating in the Paralympics, which first took place in 1948, have some form of physical disability, whether from birth, due to illness or through injury.
Twenty-one different events make up the sporting extravaganza, including cycling, judo, sailing, table tennis, football and swimming. For a full list and schedule, click here.
Growing in popularity over the years, the London 2012 Paralympics – running from 29th August to 9th September – will see more spectators attending events than ever before, with two million tickets already having been sold. Another 400,000 are due to be released for sale in the coming days.
Sir Philip Craven, president of the International Paralympic Committee, said on the London 2012 website, "To have sold the most ever tickets for a Paralympic Games three weeks before the opening ceremony shows the insatiable appetite the public has for top class elite sport."
He added, "So far London has delivered a quite spectacular Olympic Games which has further whetted the appetite of the public ahead of the Paralympics."
Tickets for events at ExCeL, for example, are still available, including for wheelchair fencing, sitting volleyball, boccia (a little like bowls) and powerlifting. Seats for the Paralympic opening and closing ceremonies can also still be bought, though those in the cheaper price brackets are now sold out.
If you're interested in seeing an event at the Paralympics, head over the to the event's ticketing website quick. But be patient and be prepared to persevere – according to multiple reports, there were plenty of problems with the website during the Olympics.
Apparently, many people were selecting 'available' tickets only to be told at the checkout stage that the tickets had gone. The faster you can move through the website, the less chance there'll be of this happening (it just means someone else has bought the tickets in the time you've taken to pay). Good luck!