Sir Philip Craven head and shoulders (Small)(10)Well, after the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Co-ordination Commission Meeting in London all I can say is "Roll on August 29, 2012" and the start of the Paralympic Games in London.

After three days of extremely productive discussions in the British capital I left London feeling very positive about what is in store in just over 21 months' time.

For a starter, despite the fact I was actually there as a Board member of London 2012 rather than my role as International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President, I must say the IPC team felt very much at home in the meeting alongside the other partners.

The close friendship that has developed between the IPC, LOCOG and British Paralympic Association was clear and it was superb to see such teamwork in action.

To have such an understanding and relationship so far out from the start of the Games is not always the norm and it bodes extremely well for the rest of our time working together.

LOCOG is clearly working on some exciting plans which will further raise awareness of Paralympic Sport and the Games next year, not only in the UK but around the globe. The IPC will be delighted to work hand-in-hand with them every step of the way.

The venues are looking good and it is encouraging that LOCOG is taking on board all of our comments and suggestions to help make the Games the best they can be.

In part of the meeting we discussed initial plans for the various ceremonies that will take place at the Games as well as the torch relay. This got me really excited as my memories slipped back to Beijing – a Games I never thought could be bettered.

However, the enthusiasm, determination and drive shown by the IPC, LOCOG and British Paralympic Association last week left me fully assured that London 2012 will deliver a truly great Games.

I must also say thank you to Deloitte who are the professional services provider of London 2012. They hosted last week's meeting and not only did they provide a superb facility but the staff were extremely accommodating and friendly, so thank you for making us all feel so welcome.

Sir Philip Craven is President of the International Paralympic Committee.