Paralympic symbol on Tower Bridge
The official symbol of the 2012 Paralympic Games, The Agitos, is suspended from Tower Bridge
The Agitos, the official symbol of the 2012 Paralympic Games, is seen by passers-by suspended from Tower Bridge as London shifts its focus from the Olympic to the Paralympic Games.
The giant Olympic rings in cities across the UK have started coming down and many are being replaced by the "agitos", which is Latin for "I move". They are red, blue and green, encircling a single point, on a white field.
The colours were chosen because they are the most represented in national flags around the world.
Athletes started arriving in the UK on Wednesday morning at Heathrow Airport ahead of the start of the Paralympic Games next Wednesday.
Organisers said a huge transitional operation has been taking place to make the Paralympic Games as successful as the Olympics.
Paul Deighton, chief executive of Locog, said: "The transition to what will be the largest Paralympic Games ever is a huge operation in a short time period. We are getting ready to welcome the world's Paralympians and deliver a truly spectacular Paralympic Games."
A number of changes have been made to venues designed with both Games in mind and all will have signs refreshed, flags of the nations revised, and changes made to fields of play, as sports in each venue are slightly different. Changes are also being made to the village where athletes will stay during competition.
Organisers said it has taken just five days to transform the village which hosted more than 10,000 Olympic athletes to host 4,280 Paralympic athletes, 3,500 team officials, 1,225 Games officials and 22 assistance dogs. There will be 1,800 wheelchair users.
A total of 14 tonnes of workshop equipment and spare parts has arrived for Ottobock's service provision for athletes, which includes a wheelchair repair centre.
There will be two new competition venues for the Paralympic Games. Eton Manor in the north of the Olympic Park has nine courts for the wheelchair tennis and will house temporary training pools for the swimming. Brands Hatch motor racing circuit in Kent will host 7,500 spectators each day over four days of road cycling.
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