LONDON (AP) — London's spectacular summer of sports is all set for a rousing send-off.
Coldplay and an all-star support cast were ready to bring the curtain down on the most-watched and best-attended Paralympic Games of all time Sunday, ending a six-week-long festival of sport in the British capital that began with the hugely successful Olympics.
Rapper Jay Z and pop star Rihanna were preparing to collaborate with the English rock band in a three-hour extravaganza at the 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium honoring the spirit of festivals throughout British history.
Central to the ceremony — called the "Festival of the Flame" — were the 4,200 Paralympians from 164 nations who sat around the field of play from the start. The past 11 days of memorable competition have shifted perceptions and shattered stereotypes, ensuring disabled sport will never be seen in the same light.