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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.
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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

June 9, 2023

PRE-CLOSING CEREMONY PRESS CONFERENCE (APSF SECRETARY GENERAL REMARKS)

Remarks by

SENIOR COLONEL DR WANDEE TOSUWAN

Secretary General of Asean Para Sports Federation (APSF)

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PRE-CLOSING CEREMONY PRESS CONFERENCE

Main Press Centre , Morodok Techo Stadium

Thursday • 8 June 2023 • 5.00pm

Major General Osoth Bhavilai

President, ASEAN Para Sports Federation

His Excellency Yi Veasna

Deputy-Secretary General of CAMAPGOC

His Excellency Phos Sovann

Director General of General Department of Information and Broadcasting, and

Chairman of Broadcast and Media Committee of CAMAPGOC

Friends from the media,

Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.

1.    Thank you. A very Good afternoon.  We meet again here, this time, as we approach the end of the 12th ASEAN Para Games tomorrow.

2.    I’m happy to see that all our media friends are enjoying your time here, despite the pressures of meeting daily deadlines. I believe, the wonderful facilities provided here at Main Press Centre and International Broadcast Centre here have greatly helped you in your daily task while in Cambodia.

3. I wish to sincerely thank H.E. Minister of Information, Khieu Kanharith for his great support, H.E. Phos Sovann, His Excellency Yi Veasna,  and his team for continuously facilitating the needs of the media and broadcasters here over the last one week of the Games. It is no easy task especially this is the first time that the Cambodia is hosting the Games. But, you delivered well. Thank you Excellency. 

Dear friends,

4.    As we prepare our goodbyes tomorrow night, I wish to thank the government of Cambodia, local organising committee CAMAPGOC, all the dedicated parties and individuals who have help made this a successful journey.

5. Especially, our deep appreciation to the media and broadcasters, more than 1000 media representatives here, who have helped make this, a great Games with unique legacies. Through your reports, the masses, readers and audience now understand more about the sports, the commitment and sacrifice of the disabled athletes to achieve excellence in life, through sports.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

6. Over the last one week, we have witnessed many inspiring action, new records and the competitive nature of our young athletes. The Games here provides them with great opportunities to prepare for the upcoming Asian Para Games in Hangzhou and next year’s Paralympic Games. And in 30 months’ time, the 13th ASEAN Para Games in KORAT will take place in January 2026.

7. Organising a multi sporting event such as this, require more attention as compared to other Games. For example, the process of classification of each athletes which needs to be done thoroughly, inclusion of many events in athletics and swimming.  The issue of accessibility remain as the most important aspects in our preparation.

9. APSF and CAMAPGOC has been collaborating since August last year, although there are hiccups, we have managed to overcome all challenges in true spirit of ASEAN friendship. We have witnessed a wonderful opening ceremony and expect tomorrow ‘s closing to be even better.

10. APSF is happy to note that host Cambodia has succesfully delivered the Games and even surpassed our expectations in many organisational areas, despite hosting the Games for the first time.  This include preparation of sports facilities and venues, Games Village, food, accommodation, transportation, media and broadcast facilities, human resource, para sports education, and accessibilities.

11. I believe, there are many good initiatives in the Games here which can be emulated or improved by future hosts, to continue elevating the status and standard of ASEAN Para Games.

12. The participation of more than 1,000 local and international media personnel and organisations here is proof of the great support towards the Games and development of Para sports and movement in this region. We value and treasure all your support and commitment.

12. Our hope is for Cambodia to build on the momentum and success of the 12th ASEAN Para Games towards the hosting of many more international multi-sport Para Games and championship in future.

13. Once again, on behalf of the APSF, thank you to the Cambodian government, CAMAPGOC especially to HE Vath Chamreoun and Yi Veasna, Ministry of Information in particular the Broadcast and Media Committee, other related Ministeries and agencis, volunteers and staff for all the initiatives and efforts which have been put in to deliver the Games.

Thank you once again.  OR-KUN.

I’m glad to answer any questions if you have any. 

Naser Wahab | APSF Media & Comm | Phnom Penh | 8 June 2023

June 9, 2023

PRE-CLOSING CEREMONY PRESS CONFERENCE (APSF PRESIDENT REMARKS)

Remarks by

MAJOR GENERAL OSOTH BHAVILAI

President of ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF)

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PRE-CLOSING CEREMONY PRESS CONFERENCE

Main Press Centre , Morodok Techo Stadium

Thursday • 8 June 2023 • 5.00pm

His Excellency Yi Veasna

Deputy Secretary General of CAMAPGOC

His Excellency Phos Sovann,

Director General of General Department of Information and Broadcasting, and

Chairman of Broadcast and Media Committee of CAMAPGOC

Senior Colonel Dr Wandee Tosuwan

APSF Secretary General

Friends from the media,

Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.

1.   Good afternoon and warm greetings. Thank you for attending today’s Press Conference, which marks the end of the 12th ASEAN Par Games Cambodia 2023, tomorrow.

2. I am happy to note that the 12th ASEAN Para Games has progressed well, but at the same time, sad that we are nearing the end of the Games.

3. On behalf of the APSF Board and Executive Committee, I wish to thank the government of Cambodia, CAMPAGOC, Excellencies Vath Chamreoun and Yi Veasna at CAMAPGOC for their tireless effort in ensuring a smooth Games. Also to His Excellency Phos Sovann, for facilitating members of the media and broadcasters with a conducive working environment and facilities here throughout the Games.

4. Tomorrow night, the Games come to an end.  We will say our goodbyes to each other. But I hope, the great work that has been done here, in promoting para-sports and the cause of our athletes, continues. I am  grateful that the media has done great in highlighting the achievement of our athletes in the 12th ASEAN Para Games.

5. Despite hosting the Games for the first time, we can see a lot of progress in many areas. I’ve visited most of the competitions at venues and I can say that Cambodia has done well in delivering the Games. Cambodia 2023 has met not only our expectations but the expectation of member countries and athletes as well. Thank You Cambodia, Thank You Excellency Veasna, Thank You Excellency Phos Sovan and your team.

6. Lastly, I wish to thank everyone who has contributed towards the success of the Games, the media, officials, volunteers and all related agencies, organisations and parties.

7. On that note, I invite Secretary-General Colonel Wandee to deliver some assessment on the organizational aspects of the Games.

Thank you, and see you at the Closing Ceremony tomorrow.

Thank you. OR-KUN.

June 9, 2023

INDONESIA ASSURED OF 2023 GAMES CROWN

MEDIA RELEASE

8 June 2023

12th ASEAN PARA GAMES CAMBODIA 2023

(Photo: AKP)

PHNOM PENH, 8 June –  INDONESIA has assured itself of a third consecutive ASEAN Para Games title despite having a day of competition left before the 12th ASEAN Para Games Cambodia 2023 concludes officially, tomorrow night. 

With a collection of 135 gold medals on the penultimate day of competition, Indonesia has sealed the title to emerge champion for the third consecutive time.  

Thailand, host of the next Games in Korat in 2026, had to settle for the second spot with 123 gold medals, despite amassing the highest number of golden haul of 27 gold across seven sports today. 

The Thai Blind Football team defeated Malaysia 4-0 to take the gold before winning both the men’s and women’s team goalball gold medals. 

Para badminton and para table tennis turned out to be the biggest winners for the Thais, contributing nine and eight gold medals respectively. 

Indonesia were three short behind Thailand in today’s gold collection but maintained their top spot after winning six gold in badminton, three each in chess and swimming. 

But it was their paddlers who contributed to the big win, racking up 12 gold medals on the final day of the para table tennis competition.

“We had come to Phnom Penh to win the 12th ASEAN Para Games crown for the third consecutive time and we’ve achieved our target, history is created,” said Indonesia’s chef de Mission Andi Herman. 

Six gold  — three in para chess and three in swimming – kept Vietnam comfortably in third with a total of 66 gold ahead of Malaysia, who had reasons to celebrate the day following its CP Football team’s win over Indonesia at the National Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh. 

Malaysia, which had surpassed its earlier target of 33 gold, are now on fourth spot after today’s five-gold win, amassing a total of 47 gold, 38 silvers and 29 bronzes. 

The Philippines had all their six gold in para chess, thanks to Sander de erit Severino who won three gold in the men’s individual blitz chess to help the contingent remain in third. 

Host Cambodia had 9 gold to show after eight days of competition but failed to win any today to remain at eighth overall.  

A total of 71 gold were claimed today with 483 gold medals have been won thus far before the Games conclude with the closing ceremony tomorrow night.  https://games.cambodia2023.com/#schedule

For updates, news, results and happenings of the Games, go to the following links: https://games.cambodia2023.com/#medalstanding

• For live streaming of all sports, follow: https://www.aseanparasportsfed.org

• Official Games website: https://cambodia2023.com/

• Official Results link: https://games.cambodia2023.com

• Official APSF Website: https://www.aseanparasportsfed.org

• Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100091500652772

• Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/paraasean/

ABOUT ASEAN PARA SPORTS FEDERATION (APSF) 

Formally established in 2001, APSF is the governing body of the Paralympic Movement in Southeast Asia with 10 member nations forming the organisation. Currently headquartered in Bangkok, APSF is committed to enabling athletes with a disability in the region to achieve sporting excellence. 

ABOUT ASEAN PARA GAMES 

The ASEAN Para Games is a biennial multi-sport Para event held after every Southeast Asia Games (SEA Games) for athletes with a disability from the ASEAN member nations. Kuala Lumpur hosted the first edition in 2001, followed by Hanoi, Vietnam (2003), Manila, Philippines (2005), Nakhon Ratchasima Thailand (2007), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2009), Solo, Indonesia (2011), Napyitaw in Myanmar (2014), Singapore (2015) and Kuala Lumpur in 2017. The Manila Games, supposed to take place in January 2020, and the 2021 Hanoi Games, were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

For further enquiries, please contact:

Senior Colonel Dr Wandee Tosuwan (APSF Secretary-General) at apsf.asean2020@gmail.com

or Naser Wahab (APSF Director, Media and Communications) at naserwahab@gmail.com

Website:                www.aseanparasportsfed.org

Instagram:             www.instagram.com/paraasean

Twitter:                 www.twitter.com/paraasean

APSF TV Channel:     www.youtube.com/@apsftv

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