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Paralympic chief Sir Philip Craven given Bolton Uni honorary degree

Sir Philip Craven
Image caption Sir Philip Craven received the award in recognition of his "outstanding contribution" to the London Paralympics

President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Sir Philip Craven has been awarded an honorary degree by Bolton University.

The doctorate of science is in recognition of his "outstanding contribution" to sport and the London Paralympics, the university said.

A five-time Paralympian for Great Britain in wheelchair basketball, Sir Philip has headed the IPC since 2001.

He received the award at a ceremony at the university earlier.

Sir Philip, from Farnworth, Bolton, was paralysed in a rock climbing accident in 1966. He represented Great Britain at the Paralympics from 1972-1988.

London 2012 saw more than 4,200 Paralympians compete, with Sir Philip playing a central role in its success.

Declaring the games closed, he called the event the "greatest Paralympic Games ever".

About 2.7 million tickets were sold for the Games, with the event broadcast to more than 100 countries.

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