New study confirms just how well UK organised London 2012 Olympics
A new study conducted by a University of Huddersfield professor confirms just how successfully the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics were organised in the UK.
Professor David Bamford conducted the study after he was granted full access to the Paralympics village in London and with his team of researchers he quizzed hundreds of athletes, seeking their views on the organisation, facilities and other aspects of the Games.
"From a service quality perspective, they were exceptionally high. This speaks well for the attention to detail and the design of the facilities provided at London 2012. Now the opportunity and the challenge for Brazil is how they are going to replicate this. The bar is very high indeed," said Professor Bamford.
A special questionnaire was devised and a total of 250 Paralympians took part, either in face-to-face interviews or by responding online. Questions used the Likert scale, ranging from "dissatisfied" to "very satisfied", and 70 per cent of the responses were in the "very satisfied" range, said Professor Bamford.
"That went right across the board from the Paralympics village through to the delivery of anti-doping services. It was an extremely positive set of feedback. And the volunteers and staff were by far the best rated of all the services. In terms of their performance, they were absolutely outstanding," he added.
This was the largest survey that had been carried for a Paralympic Games.