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April 5, 2023

APSF & CAMAPGOC reaffirm commitment to ensure smooth delivery of games

ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) and the Cambodia ASEAN Para Games Organising Committee (CAMAPGOC) today reaffirmed commitments to ensure the successful organisation and delivery of the 12th ASEAN Para Games (APG12), to be held in Cambodia for the first time after 64 years.

The 2nd Coordination Committee (Co-Comm) meeting, jointly presided by APSF President Major General Osoth Bhavilai and CAMAPGOC Deputy Secretary-General Yi Vesna over the last three days, concluded fruitfully today with both parties pledging close cooperation to ensure that the Games, the first to be organised in the Kingdom in 64 years, will be successfully delivered. 

APG12, scheduled at the newly-built Morodok Techo Sports Complex, runs from 3-9 June where 13 sports will be contested. For the first time, E-sports makes its debut albeit as a demonstration sport. 

The 13 sports to be contested in APG12 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.

Cambodia has embarked on various promotional and community outreach efforts to woo the whole Asean community to rally behind the nation in promoting peace, equality and inclusivity through the hosting of APG12. This includes reaching out to the Asean population through the multi-nation on-going Torch Run event,  which started on 21 March covering all 11 participating nations in the region. 

The 1st Chef de Mission Seminar was held concurrently today with the Co-Comm meeting,  with Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of CAMSOC-CAMAPGOC, General Tea Banh gracing the opening ceremony at the Garden City Hotel here.. 

General Tea Banh, who is also the Minister of Defence, called upon all parties including APSF, CAMAPGOC, participating nations, chef de mission, athletes, officials, volunteers and all related parties to work hand in hand in the spirit of Asean friendship and solidarity to ensure the successful organisation of APG12. 

“Cambodia’s willingness to organise APG12 is proof of the country’s determination to further drive and support the equality and human rights agenda, with special attention to promoting peace and empowering the disabled communities through an inclusive society.

“The undivided support shown by Prime Minister Hun Sen is also a clear proof of our strong determination to help the disabled community in the region achieve excellence through sports,” said General Tea Bank, adding that participants and guests are welcome to return to Cambodia after the Games to enjoy the many tourist attractions in the Kingdom. 

APSF president Maj Gen Osoth Bhavilai, meanwhile, said the paralympic community in the region look forward to witnessing and experiencing magical moments and inspiring performances by athletes during the Games. 

“We’ve had fruitful meetings as well as a series of discussions with CAMAPGOC key officials, including the Technical Delegates meeting, in a cordial and friendly atmosphere. Using experiences in past Games, we also provided various recommendations and inputs to the host to help avoid or minimise any hiccups during Games time,” said Maj Gen Bhavilai. 

Maj Gen Bhavilai also called upon Chef de Mission from all participating nations to join hands and collaborate with CAMAPGOC to provide positive recommendations to ensure that the welfare of athletes, guests and contingents are well taken care of during games-time. 

“I believe the APG12  will bring out the best in our athletes, as the next two years are expected to be hectic with important international assignments for athletes, including preparing for the Asian Para Games 2023 in Hangzhou in September and the Paris Paralympic Games 2024,’ he said.

March 22, 2023

APG 2023 Torch Lighting Ceremony – King of The Royal Kingdom of Cambodia


ASEAN PARA Sports Federation (APSF)
at Torch Lighting Ceremony 12th ASEAN PARA GAMES 2023

21 March 2023

His Majesty KING NORODOM SIHAMONI, King of Cambodia

Samdech Techo HUN SEN, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia,

His Excellency General TEA BANH, Deputy Prime Minister and President of CAMSOC/CAMAPGOC

Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

A very good morning and a warm welcome to everyone!

  1. It is indeed a great honour to be part of this milestone event to mark the staging of the 32nd SEA Games and the 12th ASEAN Para Games Cambodia 2023. Making it more historic, today’s official Torch Lighting Ceremony specially held at this world-famous historical site Angkor Wat will be etched forever in our hearts as Cambodia celebrates the staging of the region’s multi-sport Games, for the first time.
  2. On behalf of the ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) and the ASEAN paralympic community, I extend our sincerest gratitude to His Majesty, King Norodom Sihamoni for the honour of gracing this event this morning.
  3. As with the people and whole population of Cambodia, we, the ASEAN Paralympic community are equally excited and look forward to witnessing the 12th ASEAN Para Games, the first to be held in Cambodia’s history.
  4. Not only today’s Torch Lighting Ceremony marks another milestone and legacy which signifies the hosts’ commitment, but it also demonstrates and renews the true spirit of friendship which has long been embedded amongst the ASEAN population. It presents the chance for the whole ASEAN people to celebrate, be part and feel the pulse of the Games.
  5. The ASEAN paralympic community and sporting fans in general, look forward to the staging of the 12th ASEAN Para Games which officially opens in just 74 days’ time, on 3rd June. Our presence here today is proof of the close collaboration between APSF and the CAMBODIA ASEAN Para Games Organising Committee or CAMAPGOC, to ensure the smooth delivery of the 12th edition of the Games.
  6. Once again, I would like to record our sincerest appreciation to His Majesty, the King of Cambodia and the Prime Minister, and all the people of Cambodia, for the great efforts in making today’s event a success, and most importantly, preparing a Games which promotes peace and equality.
  7. Let’s live up to the spirit of ASEAN Moving Together in One Voice, work together towards promoting peace and tolerance, in tandem with the Games’ motto of SPORTS: LIVE IN PEACE.
  8. On that note, I wish everyone a safe and smooth journey throughout the relay, best of luck and see you in June for the 12th ASEAN Para Games!

Thank You.

March 8, 2023



 THE ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) and Cambodia ASEAN Para Games Organising Committee (CAMAPGOC) are to meet at the end of the month to finalise various organisational preparations for the upcoming 12th ASEAN Para Games Cambodia 2023 (12th APG). 

The Federation’s delegation, led by President Major General Osoth Bhavilai, and CAMAPGOC are scheduled for the 2nd Coordination Committee (Co-Comm) meeting in Phnom Penh from 28 to 30 March to deliberate on key organisational areas to ensure the hosts’ readiness in the staging the Games for the first time ever. 

On the agenda will be discussions on sports, technical and rules, classification, anti-doping measures, broadcast plans, ceremonies, Games Village as well as the readiness of competition venues at the Morodok Techo Sports Complex. 

The three-day meeting will also include the Technical Delegates (TDs) meeting and the Chef de Mission (CDM) Seminar which will see the participation of contingent heads from all 11 countries. Participating CDMs and Technical Delegates from all 13 sports listed in the 12th APG are also scheduled to visit competition venues to have a closer look at the existing facilities.

In a recent briefing at the 32nd APSF Executive Committee (EXCO) meeting, CAMAPGOC Deputy Secretary-General Yi Veasna assured member nations of Cambodia’s readiness and that the Games’ preparation are well on track. 

“Cambodia is confident of staging a successful Games despite being a first-time host…support from various parties, stakeholders, sponsors, media and the masses have been tremendous and preparation has been going on  well according to schedule,” said Veasna, who is also APSF’s Vice-President (Development) and the Secretary-General of NPC Cambodia. 

APSF President Maj Gen Bhavilai meanwhile said, both APSF and CAMAPGOC aere aware of the challenges ahead and need to work hand in hand in key functional areas to avoid any glitches and ensure smooth delivery of the Games. 

“The upcoming Co-Comm, CDM Seminar and Technical Delegates meetings are important not only to gauge Cambodia’s readiness, but more importantly, also the Games are held in accordance with the Games’ procedures and regulations to ensure fair play and athletes’ welfare are well taken care of,” said Maj Gen Bhavilai. 

The 12th ASEAN Para Games is scheduled from 3 to 9 June 2023 with 13 sports and a demo sport (e-Sports) all ready to be contested. Both the opening and closing ceremonies will be held at the Morodok Techo Stadium on the 3rd and 9th of June respectively.  

Sports confirmed for the Games 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.

“Challenges do exist but APSF will continue to pull our resources and work closely with CAMAPGOC to ensure that the Games is held in accordance with APSF’s regulations, especially in classification, sports rules, technical and anti-doping,” said Maj Gen Bhavilai, adding that other matters to be discussed include broadcasting, ceremonies as well as hosts’ readiness in technology and information technology. 

Prior to the Co-Comm meeting, Maj Gen Bhavilai and Secretary-General Senior Colonel Wandee Tosuwan will be in Seam Reap as APSF representatives for the Royal Torch Lighting Ceremony, scheduled on March 21 at the Angkor Wat Temple, to mark the organisation of the 32nd SEA Games and 12th ASEAN Para Games 2023.

In the presence of King of Cambodia, the torch will be lighted up during sunrise at Angkor Wat, marking the start of the torch’s multi-country journey through Southeast Asia, before making its way back to the Morodok Techo National Stadium in Phnom Penh on May 5 for the official opening ceremony of the  Games. 

Meanwhile, the APSF Board of Governors (BoG), the federation’s highest decision-making authority, will meet on Wednesday (8th March) to discuss various organisational matters including the Cambodia Games’ preparation. 

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January 17, 2023

New Year Message from APSF President

New Year Message from APSF 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.
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



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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