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June 17, 2024

ASEAN PARA SPORTS – CALL FOR SPORTS BROADCASTERS TO SUPPORT PARA SPORTS & ATHLETES

CALL FOR SPORTS BROADCASTERS TO SUPPORT PARA SPORTS & ATHLETES

The ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) has called on the region’s sports broadcasters and the media to further assist in the promotion, development and enhancement of Para sports in the Southeast Asian region. 

With the Paris Paralympic Games 2024 drawing closer with less than 80 days away, APSF is hoping that ASEAN’s media and broadcasters play a more active role in highlighting and engaging with the region’s athletes as they prepare for their ultimate challenge in Paris 2024, scheduled from 29 August to 8 September.

“APSF and our member associations (National Paralympic Committees) will continue to push for the mainstreaming of para sports and help athletes achieve their dreams and excellence through sports,” APSF Secretary-General Senior Colonel Dr Wandee Tosuwan said during a panel discussion session at the recent ABU-Sports Media Conference in Kuala Lumpur.

The Conference was organised by the Asia-Pacific Broadcast Union (ABU) in Kuala Lumpur, which gathered sports field players, media, sporting organisations, sports broadcasters and experts to push for sports broadcasting excellence across the Asia-Pacific region. 

The region’s paralympic scene has been growing on the right track with flagship event ASEAN Para Games being organised biennially since its inception in Kuala Lumpur in 2001. 

“We will continue to stick to our principles and mission to ensure equal opportunities for our athletes and the ASEAN Para Games is the perfect ground for them to prove their talents and capabilities in sports, providing them with better pathways to excel in life,” Dr Tosuwan said, adding that the media and broadcasters play an important role in bridging the gap and help APSF and the ASEAN community achieve its equality and inclusivity agenda through sports. 

“This can be done by providing more airtime, space and opportunities for athletes to tell their stories and what it takes for them to be at the highest competitive levels in their respective sports. 

“Over the years, we have developed close collaborations with broadcasters and media in hosting countries of our biennial ASEAN Para Games. Support in terms of live broadcast coverage or run-ups during Games time has been tremendous in countries like Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Cambodia,” Dr Tosuwan added.

APSF plans to have more concrete broadcast and media arrangements and programmes for the next three editions of the ASEAN Para Games in Korat, Thailand (2026), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2027) and Singapore in 2029.  

“As governing body of the ASEAN Para movement, we are always open to collaboration with parties which could help us to further promote Para sports as we strive to enhance in other key areas such as Games management, sports, technical, classification, human resource and technical expertise, training, coaching and anti-doping.,” said Dr Tosuwan.

The 13th edition of the ASEAN Para Games, incepted in 2001 in Kuala Lumpur, will be held in Korat Thailand from 20-26 January 2026, where 19 sports — archery, para-athletics, badminton, boccia, chess, para-cycling, Football 5-A-Side, CP Football, goalball, judo, para powerlifting, shooting, para-swimming, table tennis, sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, E-Sports and wheelchair fencing – are offered. 

March 9, 2024

DEEPEST CONDOLENCE OVER THE DEMISE OF LT. CDR (R) KAMARUZZAMAN KADIR

DEEPEST CONDOLENCE OVER THE DEMISE OF LT. CDR (R) KAMARUZZAMAN KADIR

THE ASEAN Paralympic family lost a great and dedicated member following the passing of Malaysian Lt. Cdr (R) Kamaruzzaman Kadir, a highly-recognised international Para Powerlifting official, early this morning, in Kuala Lumpur (March 6, 2024).

Lt. Cdr. Kamaruzzaman, the current president of the Malaysian Para Powerlifting Association (MPA) and a highly-regarded Technical Delegate of the sport, was 76. 

On behalf of the APSF Board of Governors, Executive Committee and the whole ASEAN Paralympic family, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Lt. Cdr. Kamaruzzaman.

His demise, indeed, is a great loss to APSF, and most especially, to the sport of para powerlifting, of which he was a top official with great calibre at the highest position, locally and internationally. He has contributed greatly to the sports in his capacity as a respected Technical Delegate of Powerlifting at the ASEAN Para Games, as well as serving loyally to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Powerlifting Sport Technical Committee (STC) as Vice-Chairperson.

Our thoughts, prayers and sympathies are with Lt. Cdr Kamaruzzaman’s immediate family, friends as well as Para Powerlifting Association of Malaysia, NPC Malaysia as well as the Malaysian Body Building Federation (MBBF) during this moment of grief. 

APSF lost a wonderful friend, a sincere person, a man with a great heart who continuously fought and dedicated a major part of his life to the cause of Para-athletes. May his soul be blessed and rest in peace. 

Major General Osoth Bhavilai
President, ASEAN Para Sports Federation
Bangkok, 6 March 2024

March 9, 2024

APSF-PCM TO EMBARK ON IMPACTFUL PARA SPORTS INITIATIVES

APSF-PCM TO EMBARK ON IMPACTFUL PARA SPORTS INITIATIVES

KUALA LUMPUR, 5 March – THE ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) plans to embark on more impactful initiatives to continuously empower para sports and athletes in the region through strategic collaboration with regional members of the movement. 

This includes the establishment and promotion of Centres of Excellence in the region which would further boost the progress and development of the region’s movement, sports, athletes and officials, said APSF Secretary-General Senior Colonel Dr Wandee Tosuwan here today.

“This could be done through close collaboration with active member countries such as Malaysia to be a hub and put our development programmes in place. It would not only help the progress of sports and athletes from our region but beyond Southeast Asia as well,” said Senior Colonel Dr Wandee at the APSF Strategic Management Workshop in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. 

Also present at the workshop were President of the Paralympic Council of Malaysia (PCM), Dato Sri Megat D Shariman Zaharudin and its Secretary-General, First Admiral (R) Dato Subramaniam Raman. 

Megat Shariman, who is also a member of the APSF Board of Governors, is in his first term as the Southeast Asia sub-regional representative to the Asian Paralympic Committee (AsPC) Executive Board. 

“NPC Malaysia is among our active members who is always keen in contributing towards the development of our para-athletes and this could be achieved through the establishment of such excellence centres,” said Senior Col Dr Wandee. 

Speaking in his capacity as the sub-regional representative to the AsPC, Dato Sri Megat D Shariman expressed appreciation to APSF including the Board of Governors, its Executive Committee and the APSF Secretariat headed by Col Wandee, for continuously pushing forward the federation’s agenda of promoting para sports and athletes through the federation’s biennial flagship event ASEAN Para Games since 2001.

The ASEAN Para Games, incepted in 2001 in Kuala Lumpur, enters its 13th edition scheduled in Korat, Thailand from 20-26 January 2026. 

Thailand has offered to host 19 sports which include archery, para-athletics, badminton, boccia, chess, para-cycling, Football 5-A-Side, CP Football, goalball, judo, 

para powerlifting, shooting, para-swimming, table tennis, sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, E-Sports and wheelchair fencing. 

“We welcome strategic collaborations with all parties for the good of our NPCs and athletes, and along the way, setting pathways for our young athletes to achieve excellence and equality in life through sports,” said Dato Sri Megat Shariman.

The two-day workshop, organised by the APSF secretariat, was held over the weekend in Kuala Lumpur and attended by APSF Directors from various functional areas which include Sports, Classification, Anti-Doping, Protocol, Events, Strategic Development, Media and Broadcast and Games Secretariat Management. 

February 15, 2024

13th ASEAN PARA GAMES THAILAND 2025

THAILAND 2025 TO OFFER HIGHEST NUMBER OF SPORTS

Monday, 5 February 2024

13th ASEAN PARA GAMES THAILAND 2025

BANGKOK, 5 Feb – The 13th ASEAN Para Games 2025, to be hosted for the second time in 18 years in Thailand, is set to be the biggest in the history of the biennial regional multi-para sports extravaganza. 

Scheduled in Nakhon Ratchasima in January 2026, the Korat Games may see the biggest number of sports and disciplines to be offered to participating contingents and athletes.

The organisers are prepared to host up to 19 sports, making it the biggest ever ASEAN Para Games in terms of sports, events and number of participating athletes. It surpassed the previous highest of 16 sports contested at the 2017 Games in Kuala Lumpur. 

Korat, located some 300 kilometres away from the capital city of Bangkok, will host the week-long 2025 Games, scheduled from 20-26 January 2026, which will see the participation of athletes and officials from all 11 Southeast Asian nations.

The list of 19 sports was disclosed at a recent preliminary meeting conducted virtually between the ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) and stakeholders of the Korat 2025 Games, including the National Paralympic Committee (NPC) of Thailand. 

APSF President Major General Osoth Bhavilai presided the meeting which was also attended by APSF Secretary-General Senior Colonel Dr Wandee Tosuwan, NPC Thailand president Naiyanobh Bhirombhakdi, APSF Vice-President and Chairman of Sports Walter Torres and key members of the APSF Secretariat. 

The virtual meeting was convened to discuss the preliminary findings of the Expression of Interest (EOI) exercise initiated by the APSF secretariat to gather members’ interests and feedback on the sports to be included in the upcoming ASEAN Para Games. 

The meeting also discussed the possible sports to be considered in the next two editions of the ASEAN Para Games in Kuala Lumpur in 2027 and Singapore in 2029. Also present at the meeting were NPC Malaysia secretary-general Datuk R. Subramaniam (representing Malaysia) and NPC Singapore president Dr Teo-Koh Sock Miang. 

Thailand has offered to host archery, para-athletics, badminton, boccia, chess, para-cycling, Football 5-A-Side, CP Football, goalball, judo, para powerlifting, shooting, para-swimming, table tennis, sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, E-Sports and wheelchair fencing. 

The inclusion of another sport, Tenpin Bowling, however, is subject to final approval from the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) due to venue issues. 

APSF Secretary-General Dr Wandee Tosuwan said: “The preliminary meeting was held specifically to deliberate and discuss the findings of our EOI exercise. For now, it’s a positive start and there will be more engagement and meetings with the organisers and member countries to ensure that preparations are on track. 

“NPC Thailand has also provided us with clearer feedback on the proposed number of sports and other aspects of preparation. The matter will be further discussed and brought to the attention of the APSF Executive Committee as well as the Board of Governors,” said Dr Wandee. 

December 14, 2023

APSF ENHANCES EFFORTS TO EMPOWER ATHLETES AND PARA ESPORTS

APSF ENHANCES EFFORTS TO EMPOWER ATHLETES AND PARA ESPORTS

THE ASEAN Para Sports Federation (ASPF) will continue to develop constructive collaboration and cooperation with stakeholders of international Paralympic movements to help the enhancement of para-sports and athletes in the region.

APSF Secretary-General Senior Col Dr Wandee Tosuwan said strategic plans are in the pipeline to further empower the region’s athletes, coaches and technical officials while pushing forward the inclusivity agenda through various sports initiatives.

This, according to Senior Col Dr. Wandee, includes pushing and continuing the development of Para Esports amongst member-nations, in tandem with its growing popularity as one of the global’s most popular sports.

On the ASEAN front, Para Esports was successfully introduced, albeit as a demonstration sport, in this year’s 12th ASEAN Para Games in Phnom Penh, held for the first time in the Kingdom of Cambodia.

According to Sen. Col. Dr Wandee, the inclusion of the Para Esports in the recently concluded WorldAbilitysport Games, organised in Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat), Thailand augurs well for the further development of the Para community, underlining the growing importance of the sports globally.

Sen. Col. Dr Wandee was invited as a guest to attend the seven-day Games in Korat, previously known as the IWAS World Games. Athletes from 47 countries around the world participated in the Games which featured 10 sports, namely – athletics & wheelchair racing, archery, cycling, wheelchair fencing, shooting, swimming, badminton, powerlifting, snooker and table tennis. Three demonstration sports — petanque, sepak takraw and Esports were also included.

Korat will host the 13th ASEAN Para Games, scheduled in January 2026. It will be the second time that Korat is hosting the 11-nation Games, the first being in 2007.

“Kudos to the local organising committee…the WorldAbilitysport Games 2023 were successfully held without major organisational glitch. Congratulations to Koran, the organising committee, officials, volunteers…with all the ready facilities and support from the Thai government and local authorities, I’m convinced that Korat will be ready for the 13th ASEAN Para Games in 2026,” said Sen. Col Dr Wandee.

As a city with experience in organising past Para events and Games, I have full belief that Korat is capable of hosting and delivering a smooth Games come 2026,” said Sen. Col Dr Wandee

October 26, 2023

AsPC SUB-REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES ELECTION

AsPC SUB-REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES ELECTION

DATO SRI MEGAT D SHAHRIMAN ELECTED AS SOUTHEAST ASIA’S REPRESENTATIVE TO AsPC EXCO 

HANGZHOU, China, 25 Oct – NPC Malaysia President, Dato Sri Megat D Shahriman Zaharudin, has been elected as Southeast Asia’s sub-regional representative who will sit on the Asian Paralympic Committee (AsPC) Executive Board.

Dato Sri Megat D Shariman, a member of the ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) Board of Governors, won a three-cornered contest against NPC Philippines President, Michael Barredo, and NPC Singapore President, Dr. Teo-Koh Sock Miang.  He will serve a four-year (2023-2027) term as the region’s representative to the AsPC Executive Committee. 

The election for the position took place in Hangzhou, China in conjunction with the ongoing 4th Asian Para Games. 

As a regional representative,  Dato Sri Megat D Shahriman, 40, will act as a bridge between APSF and AsPC in ensuring the interests of the region in matters which include the various paralympic activities and policies for para movement in the Asian region. 

Presidents and representatives from all 11 Southeast Asia NPCs – Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Timor Leste cast their votes in the election, overseen by the AsPC’s Legal and Ethics Committee, chaired by Keng Chuan Ng.  

Apart from South East Asia, the other regional representatives elected include Mr Farrukh Akhmedov (Uzbekistan) for Central Asia, Mr Gursharan Singh (India) for South Asia and Dr Abdelrazaq Banirasheed (UAE) for West Asia region. 

There was no candidate elected for the East Asia region as the threshold for the required number of votes was not reached. In accordance with the AsPC bye-laws, this position will now be appointed by the AsPC Executive Board.

The representatives’ first Executive Board meeting is scheduled for May 2024, where they will join other Executive Board members who will be elected at AsPC’s General Assembly in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia at the end of November.

“Congratulations to Dato Sri Megat D Shariman for being elected as the new Southeast Asia representative. APSF looks forward to continuously being actively involved in the empowerment of para-athletes, activities and plans in the region in the next four years and beyond,” said APSF President Major Gen Osoth Bhavilai. 

APSF Vice-President (Development) Yi Veasna, looks forward to closer collaboration with AsPC, saying that APSF will continue to strive for excellence and remain relevant, and be one of the most active regional bodies under the AsPC umbrella. He also expressed appreciation to the previous representative, Michael Barredo for his contribution during his tenure as the region’s representative. 

APSF Secretary-General Senior Colonel Dr Wandee Tosuwan said that Dato Megat’s role as the region’s representative is pertinent to the continuous development of para-athletes in Southeast Asia, including ensuring APSF’s good standings in the next four-year cycle,” said Col. Wandee.

August 11, 2023

13th ASEAN PARA GAMES KORAT 2026

APSF DELEGATION PAYS COURTESY CALL ON THAI MINISTER OF SPORTS

13th ASEAN PARA GAMES KORAT 2026

APSF DELEGATION PAYS COURTESY CALL ON THAI MINISTER OF SPORTS

BANGKOK, 11 August –  THE ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) delegation, led by President Major General Osoth Bhavilai, paid a courtesy call on Thailand Minister of Tourism and Sports  Phiphat Rachakitprakarn as part of its preparation towards the organisation of the 13th ASEAN Para Games in Nakhon Ratchasima in 2026.

The preliminary meeting between APSF and the 2026 Games stakeholders, which took place at the Minister’s office here, touched on various aspects of the Games including close cooperation in key functional areas.

The 2026 Korat Games’ stakeholders include the Thailand government, Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT), Nakhon Ratchasima Province and the National Paralympic Committee (NPC) of Thailand.

In the meeting, the Minister expressed appreciation for APSF’s proactive initiative to embark on early preparation efforts to ensure that the Games is held in highly standard and regulated manners as required in any international multi-sports Games.

The 13th ASEAN Para Games Korat 2026 is scheduled from 20-26 January in various venues around Korat. The Games returns to the province after 19 years, since the first hosting job in 2007 which saw 14 sports contested then.

Also present at the meeting were APSF Secretary-General Senior Colonel Dr Wandee Tosuwan, Governor of Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) Dr Kongsak Yodmanee, NPC Thailand President, Lt. Nayanobh Bhirombhakdi and Deputy Governor of Nakhon Ratchasima Province Charin Thongsuk.

NPC Thailand President Bhirombhakdi will also act as the APSF Board of Governors chairman by virtue of Thailand being hosts of the 2026 Games.

The technical aspects of the Games including structure, organisation and requirements were also presented to ensure that the Games are well-coordinated apart from the need to expedite the establishment of a Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the Games.

Nakhon Ratchasima, located 260km from Bangkok, is a large province locate on the northeastern plateau, acting as a gateway to other provinces in the northeast. The province is rich in Khmer culture and has a long history.

Korat has proposed a total of 19 sports for the 2026 Games, with the main 80th Birthday Stadium sports facility as the main hub.

“APSF looks forward to a strong collaboration and understanding with the Thailand Government and all stakeholders of the Games. The Thai government has given its fullest commitment and endorsement,  and I believe with its great record in the hosting of many international and regional Games and sporting events, Thailand is capable of building and continuing the success of the last three Games cycles in 2015 (Singapore), 2017 (Kuala Lumpur), 2022 (Solo, Indonesia) and 2023 Games in Cambodia,” said Maj Gen Bhavilai.

Korat has proposed 19 sports for the 13th ASEAN Para Games, including making e-sports an official medal sport in the Games. E-sports was introduced as a demonstration sport in Phnom Penh, in June.

“It was a fruitful and conducive meeting… on behalf of our member nations, we presented the requirements including proper direction and strong collaboration, to ensure that the Games is held is the best possible atmosphere and in the true spirit of ASEAN Para community camaraderie,” said Senior Colonel Wandee after the meeting.

“We have yet to finalise on the sports as there are certain requirements and procedures which need to be fulfilled including the Expression of Interest (EOI) exercise which will be conducted by PSF soon,”  she added.

The election of new-term members of APSF Executive Committee (EXCO) will also take place in Korat during the 13th ASEAN Para Games 2026.
Ends

July 12, 2023

APSF PARTICIPATES IN GLOBAL ESPORTS SUMMIT

ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) will be among the key organisations to participate in this week’s 2023 Global Esports Summit and Tencent Esports Annual Conference, scheduled at the World Exhibition & Convention Centre in Shenzhen, China. 

Scheduled from 14-15 July and themed “Link To Future”, the summit gathers industry experts and leaders from around the world to explore new opportunities in the booming Esports industry, not only in Asia but also on a global scale. 

Represented by Secretary-General Senior Colonel Dr Wandee Tosuwan as one of the speakers, APSF intends to share its experience in the organisation of Esports as one of the sports contested in last month’s 12th ASEAN Para Games Cambodia 2023, for the first time. 

“On behalf of the ASEAN para sports community, we look forward to working hand in hand with the Asian and ASEAN Esports community, especially with our friends at the Asia Esports Federation (AESF) towards realising the common objective and mission of providing greater opportunities for our para-athletes and para gamers,” said Col.Wandee.

Esports was included as a demonstration sport in the biennial ASEAN Para Games in Phnom Penh with four participating nations – Philippines, Malaysia, Cambodia and Thailand. 

The Southeast Asia Para governing body is currently promoting Esports as one of the medal sports in the ASEAN Para Games, following April’s partnership with the  Asian E-Sports Federation (AESF) to further develop and promote Esports among para-athletes in Southeast Asia.

Other notable speakers include AESF president Kenneth Fok Kai-Kong, Xu Haifeng (50-meter Pistol Gold Medal Winner at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics) and Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud, Chairman of the Saudi Esports Federation. 

The summit also features Esports representatives from South Korea, Vietnam, Brazil and Kazakhstan who will present their cases and insights on Esports development in Asia and beyond.

June 11, 2023

GOODBYE CAMBODIA, ON TO THE NEXT EDITION IN KORAT 

MEDIA RELEASE

Friday, 9 June 2023

12th ASEAN PARA GAMES CAMBODIA 2023

GOODBYE CAMBODIA, ON TO THE NEXT EDITION IN KORAT 

(Photo Credit: AKP)

PHNOM PENH, 9 June –  CAMBODIANS held their heads high as the curtains came down on the 12th ASEAN Para Games tonight, marking an emotional conclusion after a week-long inspiring sporting show by the region’s para athletes in 14 sporting events here. 

The 12th edition of the Games, hosted for the first time in Cambodia, was officially proclaimed closed by Prime Minister Hun Sen at exactly 7.39 pm local time at the majestic Morodok Techo National Stadium here.  

It was a memorable and colourful evening filled with music, sound, dance, colourful lights and shows of laser and splendid fireworks which captured the hearts of the 70,000 spectators and fans who had packed the stadium early in the afternoon. 

Apart from elaborate and colourful performances displaying Khmer culture and the philosophy and essence of para sports, the colourful fireworks and state-of-the-art laser presentations, and the handover of the APSF Games flag from Cambodia to the next host, Thailand also caught the eyes of many. 

Thailand will organize the 2025 Games in Nakhon Ratchasima, popularly known as Korat, in January 2026.

Over the week-long Cambodian Games which began on June 2, a total of 14 sports were contested, featuring some 1,428 athletes and 726 athletes (with 455 o them on wheelchairs) from all 11 Southeast Asian nations.

Media participation also exceeded earlier expectations with 1,738 journalists, photographers and broadcasters registering for the Games, including 110 from international and ASEAN media. 

Live broadcast services were provided free without any broadcast rights which saw 14 television stations and five satellite television taking part to broadcast live coverage of all the 14 sports to the local as well as ASEAN audiences. 

It was among the biggest participation in the Games’ history which saw Indonesia winning the overall title of the Games for the third consecutive time. 

Indonesia racked up 158 gold, 148 silvers and 95 bronzes to emerge overall champions of the 2023 Games, way ahead of Thailand which competed their campaign in second with 126 gold medals, 109 silvers and 94 bronzes. 

For detailed medal standing, go to: https://games.cambodia2023.com/#medalstanding

Vietnam came in third (66-59-78) while Malaysia, despite sending a majority of first-timers and young athletes, surpassed its target of 33 gold after clinching 50 gold, 38 silvers and 34 bronzes to place fourth overall. 

Cambodia (8th overall) amassed a total of 71 medals with nine golds, 18 silvers and 44 bronzes

ASEAN Para Sports President (APSF) Major General Osoth Bhavilai praised Cambodia for successfully delivering the Games despite playing host for the first time. 

“For the past week, we have witnessed a truly exciting show of courage and grit. CAMBODIA Cambodia, you have proved your true capabilities as host with the successful delivery of the first ASEAN Para Games in Cambodia, Congratulations!,” said Maj Gen Bhavilai. 

“To athletes, you are all true winners! To all volunteers, you brought joy and the true meaning of passion and friendship! And to all spectators and the people of Cambodia, your support gave us strength to continue championing the cause of the disabled community through sports,” he added. 

Hun Many, the Vice President of the National Paralympic Committee of Cambodia, also paid tribute to athletes and participants saying that their determination and performances should serve as examples to many. 

The lowering and handing over of the APSF flag from Cambodia to the next host Thailand marked the start of another journey of the Games, this time in Korat (which last hosted the Games in 2008). The Korat Games will be held in January 2026 and are expected to feature 19 sports. 

Hun Many handed over the flag to Maj Gen Osoth Bhavlai who then passed the flag to Paralympic Committee of Thailand President Lt. Naiyanobh Bhirombhakdi, marking the official handing over of the hosting duties to Thailand in 2026. 

A performance by Thailand featuring the uniqueness of the province of Nakhonratchasima then followed amidst the loud cheers from spectators and fans at the Stadium.

All in all, it was a Games which will be remembered for long as among the best Games since its inception in 2001. 

In promoting equality and inclusivity, the 12th ASEAN Para Games enjoyed the same privilege of “free Games” as the 32nd SEA Games 2023, where the government waived the expenses of food and accommodation for all foreign athletes, coaches and delegates, provides free tickets for spectators and accorded free live broadcast rights to local and foreign TV networks.

June 9, 2023

INTRODUCTION OF 13th ASEAN PARA GAMES 2025

REMARKS by:

MAJ GEN OSOTH BHAVILAI

President of ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF)

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INTRODUCTION OF 13th ASEAN PARA GAMES 2025

Thursday, 8 June 2023, Garden City Hotel

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Dr. Gongsak Yodmani,

Governor of Sports Authority of Thailand

Lt. Naiyanobh Bhirombhakdi

President, Paralympic Committee of Thailand

His Excellency Mr. Cherdkiat Atthakor,

Ambassador of Thailand to Cambodia

Mr. Charin Tongsuk,

Deputy Governor of Nakhon Ratchasima Province

Mr. Prachoom Boontiem, 

Deputy Governor of Sports Authority of Thailand 

ASEAN Para Sports Federation Board of Governors and EXCO members,

Representatives from all 11 NPCs,

Members of the media,

Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen

A very good afternoon, warm greetings from ASEAN Para Sports Federation. 

1.   First and foremost, on behalf of the Board of Governors and Executive Committee of the APSF, I would like to express our appreciation to the delegation of the 13th ASEAN Para Games 2025, led by Dr. Gongsak Yodmani, Governor of Sports Authority of Thailand for being here to officially announce the hosting of the 13th ASEAN Para Games in 2025.

2. As the 12th ASEAN Para Games draws closer to the end tomorrow night, we look forward to the continuation of the Games in Thailand in two years’ time.

3. I wish to congratulate the Thailand 2025 organising committee and the government of Thailand for announcing its readiness to stage the Games.

4. The 13th ASEAN Para Games in 2025 will mark the return of the Games to Thailand, specifically to Korat,  after 17 years. Thailand last hosted the Games in 2008 in Korat, where 14 sports were contested. With its vast experience in hosting many international events, I believe Thailand is capable of delivering a smooth Games. 

5.   I would also like to also take this opportunity to sincerely thank Cambodia for hosting the 2023 Games. It has been an exciting one week with lots of inspiring sporting action.

6. Once again, on behalf of the APSF Board of Governors, Executive Committee and NPCs, I thank the Thailand 2025 delegation for your efforts in introducing the 2025 Games here today.

We all look forward to being in Korat in 2025. Thank you!

Naser Wahab | 8 June 2023 | Phnom Penh

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