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Half a million extra Paralympic tickets to go on sale from Tuesday

Mayor of London Boris Johnson holds a press conference in Westminster Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Boris Johnson has exclusively revealed that half a million extra Paralympic tickets - including ones to view the park - will go on sale from Tuesday.

Today, the Mayor of London accepted hundreds of tweets and emails from London Tonight viewers who were unable to get tickets for the events, calling for the Olympic Park to be kept open for a week after the Games.

While not ruling the idea out, Boris told our Olympics correspondent Simon Harris that the extra tickets would be a great opportunity for Londoners to visit the park.

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson called today for schoolchildren to be given two hours of physical education a day to secure the sporting legacy of the London Olympics.

Amid criticism of the Government's decision to scrap the two-hours-a-week compulsory target, the Mayor of London said widening participation in sport after the Games was of "profound" importance.

He said ministers "totally understand" the public's renewed appetite for sport and the social and economic advantages it could bring.

Asked about the two-hours-a-week target, he said: "I would like to see two hours a day."

The Mayor said there were already efforts in London to increase children's participation in sport, adding: "I would like to see a much more thorough-going effort. I think we must build on the achievements of these Games.

"People are signing up for sporting activities of all kinds, they are enrolling, they are involved."

He said he would like to see Team London volunteers, who have already been CRB-checked, "mobilised" after the Games to "train kids up" in sports.

"I think the Government totally understands people's appetite for this, they can see the benefits of sport and what it does for young people. I think they understand very, very clearly the social and economic advantages," he said.

"I would like to see, frankly, the kind of regime I used to enjoy - compulsory two hours sport every day... I've no doubt that is the sort of thing that would be wonderful for kids across this country.

"I think it is of profound importance for the happiness and success of this country that we have more sport in schools."

Boris accepts emails and tweets from London Tonight viewers Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Mr Johnson also suggested that the Olympics could come back to London again within the next two decades.

At a press conference on the future of the Stratford site, to be called the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park after the Games, he said it would host international competitions in rugby, athletics, hockey and diving over the coming years.

"An endless, endless series of global sporting events coming, and quite rightly - and why not the Olympics, again?

"We have made an unanswerable case for hosting the Olympics again in the next 20 years."

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