Lord Coe critical of media coverage
Lord Coe hopes Paralympic sports will continue to get coverage after the Paralympic Games have ended
Lord Coe has hit out at the British press for "resorting to type" by allowing England's football win bump the Paralympics off the back pages.
Most papers carried England's 5-0 victory over Moldova to lead their sports coverage on Saturday, as Roy Hodgson's men opened their World Cup Qualifying campaign with their biggest away win for nearly two decades.
It came on a relatively barren day for ParalympicsGB, as discus thrower Josie Pearson won Great Britain's tenth athletics gold of the Games - but the only top medal of the day.
Her success came nine years after breaking her neck in a car accident, the 26-year-old setting three world records on her way to claiming the discus title.
Asked how the profile of Paralympic sport could be maintained after the Games, Lord Coe said: "With your (press) help. The future of Paralympic sport in large part lies with you, your editors and the ability of broadcasters to take this beyond the three or four weeks that we've witnessed here.
"It is a challenge for Olympic Sport, it is a challenge for Paralympic Sport."
In an apparent attack on Paralympic coverage in Saturday's newspapers, the London 2012 chairman criticised "the speed with which we reverted to back-page leads for England-Moldova".
He added: "That relegation happened too quickly. We (the Paralympics Committee) could not have done more in the last seven years to move this on. It now sits in a large part with you guys.
"We will go on showing that Paralympic sports is an extraordinary sport. This now sits here.
"The speed with which we resorted to type last night was maybe not a great sign."
I enjoyed the paralympics very much.Genuine sports men and women.Not a bunch of overpaid footballers who go down with the slightest contact,and then roll around like a 2 year old .
Where else in the world could you have had 2 olympic games,packed out every day,amazing performances,from both able bodied and disabled athletes."FANTASTIC".I don't think even the americans could have topped that
What a silly comment to make.
England won 5 - 0. Of course we are going to want to read about it as our main sporting news.
Are we going to have a black out on news stories because the Paralympics are being staged?
I enjoyed the wheelchair basketball, swimming and table-tennis, but is he going to say that I should not have been allowed to watch any alternatives to the Paralympics?
Lord Coe has made a thoughtless and stupid comment.