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January 17, 2023

New Year Message from APSF President

New Year Message from APSF President

NEW YEAR’S MESSAGE:
From The PRESIDENT
Warm Greetings and a Happy New Year to all NPCs, athletes, coaches, officials, stakeholders and supporters of the ASEAN paralympic movement!
What a year it was as we finally close another chapter in our region’s paralympic journey, leaving us with good memories and valuable lessons as we prepare ourselves for fresh challenges in the new year.
Following a challenging two years, we have managed to bounce back stronger with the successful staging of the 11th ASEAN Para Games Solo 2022, delivering memorable moments, providing our athletes who have been yearning to see action in a highly-competitive Games, after a lapse of four years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Let’s put our hands together and congratulate Indonesia and our dedicated friends at the Indonesia ASEAN Para Games Organising Committee (INAPGOC) and the good people in Solo for organising and successfully delivering the Solo 2022 Games. While we hope that 2023 continues to inspire us with even greater milestones, we must remain vigilant and wary of the challenges ahead.
As we brace ourselves for another journey in 2023, we must constantly remind ourselves not to take things for granted, in sports, and more importantly, in life. The effect of Covid-19 has greatly impacted our community, athletes and sports, but we remained steadfast and succeeded in our struggle for equality as well as fight in the fight against discrimination on our athletes and sports. “United we stand, divided we fall”, and the success of the Solo Games should spur us to work harder in one voice to ensure that the upcoming 12th ASEAN Games in Cambodia in June 2023, will deliver even greater success.
APSF remains devoted to the endeavour to ensure that our 11-member nation movement and Games continue to be relevant, dynamic and able to adapt to face future challenges, namely in the next four cycles of the ASEAN Para Games in 2023, 2025, 2027 and 2029.
On behalf of APSF, I wish to thank all 11 National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) and their officials for continuously working to raise awareness and championing the cause of our movement, producing world-class athletes and ensuring their welfare and development in sports and life.
Let’s remain focussed on continuing to build our strength, work collectively to ensure the smooth and successful organisation of the historical 12th ASEAN Para Games in June 2023, the first ever to be staged by Cambodia. Preparation is well on track and I am sure that contingents from all member nations are eagerly looking forward to converging once again in the region’s biggest para sporting extravaganza in Phnom Penh.
On behalf of the APSF Board of Governors, Executive Committee and the APSF Secretariat, I wish everyone a fruitful year ahead, a blessed and happy New Year! Thank You.
MAJ. GEN. OSOTH BHAVILAI
President
ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF)
December 29, 2022

APG 2023: APSF-CAMAPGOC First Co-Comm Meeting Concludes Successfully

APG 2023: APSF-CAMAPGOC First Co-Comm Meeting Concludes Successfully

THE 1st Coordination Committee Meeting for the 12th ASEAN Para Games Cambodia 2023 concluded successfully in Phnom Penh on Sunday (18 December) with ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) and host Cambodia embracing collective commitment to ensure the successful delivery of the Games in June next year.
The three-day meeting, which focussed on deliberation and discussions over key aspects of the Games organisation, was attended by key officials with President Major General Osoth Bhavilai leading the APSF’s delegation and Secretary-General, Vath Chamreoun heading the local organising committee, Cambodia ASEAN Para Games Organising Committee (CAMAPGOC) team.
The 12th ASEAN Para Games Cambodia 2023, slated from 3-9 June, will be the first ever to be staged in the Kingdom of Cambodia since the inception of the Games in 2001.
Both Maj Gen Bhavilai and Chamreoun signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in conjunction with the meeting, officially underpinning commitments to collaborate closely in key functional areas of the Games. Also present was the Minister of Tourism and Permanent Vice Chairman of CAMAPGOC His Excellency Dr Thong Khon, who witnessed the brief ceremony at Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh Hotel.
The MoU underlines the roles and responsibilities of both parties in pertinent areas which include sports and technical, classification, anti-doping, media, broadcast, protocol and ceremonies, accreditation, marketing and partnership, legal, accommodation, food, transportation as well as information technology.
The seven-member ASPF delegation also took time to tour and inspect facilities and venues at the Games’ main hub at Morodok Techo Sports Complex which houses most of the sports venues as well as the Games village.
Maj Gen Bhavilai summarised the meeting as significantly fruitful, providing a clearer understanding to both parties which will help speed up and smoothen the current and future execution of operational matters of the Games.
“I’m pleased to note that Cambodia is on the right track in the preparation of the Games in both organisational and especially aspects. The main hub Morodok Techo Sports Complex is now ready to play host and I’m sure that athletes and contingents are eager looking forward to be here in June,” said Maj Gen Bhavilai.
The meeting itself was a huge step forward as both parties have agreed to work hand in hand in the same direction leading up to the Games with more forthcoming engagements in the coming weeks and months, said Maj Gen Bhavilai.
“Cambodia has APSF’s full assurance that we will pull our resources together with key officials from the APSF secretariat ready to work together with their respective counterparts at CAMAPGOC to help ensure that preparations are well on track before the opening ceremony on June 3,” said Maj Gen Bhavilai.
Meanwhile, APSF Secretary General Senior Colonel Dr Wandee Tosuwan said 13 sports have been listed for the Games, with an additional E-Sports being included as demonstration sports.
“APSF and CAMAPGOC will work collaboratively for a common goal, which is for Cambodia to provide the best and safest possible atmosphere for athletes and contingents to compete and the Games to leave a lasting legacy for the host country,” said Col Tosuwan.
As the new year 2023 approaches, a series of engagements with member nations and NPCs will take place with the Pre-delegates registration meeting and the Chef-de-Mission seminar meeting scheduled in March next year.
Sports to be featured are athletics, para-badminton, boccia, chess, goalball, football-seven-a-side, football five-a-Side, judo, powerlifting, para-swimming, table tennis, sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball.
September 15, 2022

APSF EXPRESSES DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO NPC THAILAND OVER THE DEMISE OF ITS PRESIDENT CHUTINANT BHIROMBAKHDI

APSF EXPRESSES DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO NPC THAILAND OVER THE DEMISE OF ITS PRESIDENT CHUTINANT BHIROMBAKHDI

BANGKOK, 14 Sept – THE ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) expresses its deepest sadness and condolence to the family of the NPC Thailand President, Chutinant Bhirombakhdi, 65, who passed away while receiving medical treatment in a hospital in Boston, USA yesterday.

 

The late Bhirombakhdi is known for his passion and deep interest in developing para sports and athletes in Thailand and has been a loving father figure to Thai para-athletes.

 

A president since 2009, Bhirombhakdi, fondly known as Nick, was the backbone of the Thailand paralympic movement, dedicating much of his life to bringing honour and raising the standard of Thai para-athletes at international meets and tournaments. This includes pushing hard the equality agenda for para-athletes in Thailand to be accorded the same treatment as able-bodied athletes.

 

Among  Asia’s para sports powerhouses, Thailand has improved greatly under the helm of Bhirombhakdi and among paralympic powerhouses, regionally and globally.  

 

A highly-educated figure, the late was the Chief Executive Officer and President of Boon Rawd Brewery Company Limited since 2020 as well as Chairman of Singha Estate Public Company Limited.

 

APSF President Maj Gen Osoth Bhavilai said Bhirombhakdi’s passing was a great loss not only to Thailand’s paralympic community but is greatly felt by the ASEAN paralympic family.

 

“It is with great sorrow and pain that we learnt about the passing of the late Chutinant, who also happened to be my President in NPC Thailand,” said Maj Gen Bhavilai, who is also the Secretary General of NPC Thailand.

 

“He is the symbol of success for the para movement in Thailand and has contributed greatly to the development of para-sports, locally and regionally, and is greatly loved by athletes. ASEAN para community will surely miss him sorely,” said Maj Gen Bhavilai.

 

May his soul rest in peace.

 

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