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July 25, 2022

SOLO IS WHERE THE ACTION IS

SOLO IS WHERE THE ACTION IS

IT’s the last 10 days before the big action begins! Solo is all hyped up to receive thousands of athletes, officials and guests – promising a memorable Asean Para Games in this vibrant and beautiful Javanese city!

IT’s the last 10 days before the big action begins!Solo is all hyped up to receive thousands of athletes, officials and guests – promising a memorable Asean Para Games in this vibrant and beautiful Javanese city!

While inspiring and thrilling action at competition arenas by our Para heroes serve as the highlight of 11th ASEAN Para Games 2022, there will be plethora of activities on the sidelines, which include traditional shows, cultural performances, music concerts by local bands, torch relay and many more!

Let’s “Strive for Equality”, be part of the excitement! Solo is where the action is. 

*Para Badminton will be among the 14 sports to feature in the 11th ASEAN Para Games Solo 2022. The sport is hugely popular in Southeast Asia and requires good motor coordination. Para athletes play with the same rules as able-bodied players, while in wheelchair badminton, singles are limited to one half of the court while double pairs use the full court. Categories include team events and individual standing and wheelchair events.
 

July 25, 2022

PREPARATION REMAIN ON TRACK

PREPARATION REMAIN ON TRACK

Preparation for the 11th ASEAN Para Games 2022 in Solo remained on track as host Indonesia stepped up efforts to ensure a seamless sporting show for the region’s para athletes and contingents scheduled to commence on July 30, in Solo.

The 11th edition of the biennial regional Games were handed to Indonesia who replaced the original host city Hanoi which pulled out from the hosting job due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Solo Games is scheduled from July 30 to 6 August with more than 1,500 athletes expected to participate in 14 sports. Solo had previously hosted the 6th ASEAN Para Games in 2011.

Having missed the Games twice (Manila 2020 and Hanoi 2021), athletes and contingents are looking forward to participating in Solo as part of their preparation towards the 4th Asian Para Games in Hangzhou in September.

With close to 100 days left before the commencement of the Games, the organisers are racing against time to ensure the smooth delivery of the Games. Yesterday, the National Paralympic Committee (NPC) of Indonesia and the Asean Para Sports Federation (APSF) secretariat convened a virtual meeting to track Solo’s readiness and expedite preparation works which include the participation of athletes, sports and technical, anti-doping, classification, legal matters and other functional areas.

The APSF Secretariat, headed by Secretary-General Senior Colonel Wandee Tosuwan said despite facing various challenges, APSF and host city Solo are determined to ensure a successful organisation of the Games.

“We are pulling our resources together, working collectively to ensure that all related areas are well-covered including health protocols to ensure the safety of athletes, contingents, guests as well as spectators are well-protected.

“We are embarking on a series of meetings at the working level with NPC Indonesia to ensure that everyone is on the same page as far as the organisational efforts are concerned,” said Senior Colonel Wandee.

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Matters discussed include sports, technical areas, classification, anti-doping measures, IT and Games Management, Media and Broadcast plans, Marketing, legal, Protocol and Ceremonies, Accreditation, NPC Services, transportation and Games administration.

“We are working closely with APSF to help us tie up loose ends including the refurbishment of some of the facilities, and ensure all functional areas are in place,” said NPC Indonesia Secretary-General Rima Ferdianto, adding that visits by APSF delegation to inspect venues and other facilities in Solo are also being planned.

More than 1,500 athletes from all 11 Asean nations – Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Timor Leste have registered for the Games.

Sports to be contested include athletics, archery, badminton, boccia, CP Football, chess, goalball, judo, para powerlifting, para-swimming, table tennis, wheelchair tennis, sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball.

July 25, 2022

Cambodia 2023 SEA Games a ‘dream’ for boosting kingdom’s sports legacy

Cambodia 2023 SEA Games a ‘dream’ for boosting kingdom’s sports legacy

PHNOM PENH (The Phnom Penh Post): With Prime Minister Hun Sen having presided over the 502-day countdown ceremony on Saturday (Dec 18), the Kingdom’s chief sports administrator said Cambodia hosting the 2023 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games and Asean Para Games was “a dream come true”.

Cambodia was one of the founders of the South-East Asian Peninsular (SEAP) Games Federation, the forerunner to the current regional sports body, and the Kingdom was to host the Games in 1963 before they were cancelled due to the political situation at the time.

With the Kingdom now enjoying stability and rapid development, “Sport: Live In Peace” was chosen as the slogan for the 2023 Cambodia Games to highlight how peace has been crucial for the Kingdom’s remarkable transformation.

Vath Chamroeun, the secretary-general of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC), hailed the huge importance of Cambodia finally hosting the event 60 years later.

“The government’s focus had been on developing other key sectors such as education and health. But recently it was felt the time was right, and it was announced at the SEA Games Federation Council meeting in Singapore in 2015 that we would indeed host the SEA Games.

“By hosting these Games, it really awakens in people the importance of sport in developing a nation’s society and its economy, and what sport means for the legacy of a country.

“We have been waiting 64 years since becoming one of the six founding members of the regional sports body in 1959, so to finally have the chance to host the SEA Games is a dream come true, for me and for Cambodia,” said Chamroeun.

Saturday’s event also served to inaugurate the 60,000-seat Morodok Techo National Sports Complex in Phnom Penh – built as the centrepiece of the Games – with some 8,000 athletes across 40 sports set to convene in the Kingdom to contest the 32nd edition. More than 2,000 para athletes are due to compete in the 12th ASEAN Para Games.

And Chamroeun – a former wrestler who represented Cambodia at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics – said it was essential to host events such as the SEA Games to grow sport in the Kingdom.

“For me, it has been a long-held dream to host the SEA Games. For smaller sporting countries like Cambodia, the way to really develop sport is to host events like the SEA Games.

“As a sportsman, I fully appreciate the value of sport and the benefits it brings to society, as well as the importance of hosting the Games in helping secure a bright future for the Kingdom’s sporting scene,” said Chamroeun.

Chmroeun revealed that the Cambodian SEA Games Organising Committee (CAMSOC) has proposed two initiatives that will set the stage for future Games.

CAMSOC is calling for the members of the Southeast Asian Games Federation (SEAGF) to jointly compose a theme song to be used for the 2023 edition and beyond.

CAMSOC is also pushing SEAGF members to allow sales of SEA Games television broadcast rights starting from 2023 on a profit-sharing model between the host country, SEAGF and its members to ensure financial sustainability in organising the Games.

Chamroeun said that while Cambodia intends to add ITF taekwondo to the 2023 SEA Games programme, it is facing resistance from the SEAGF and even from countries outside the region.

The host country has traditionally been allowed to include new sports that would help with the medal tally, and being the second ranked country in the world at ITF taekwondo, he said Cambodia should be able to add the sport without “political” interference.

In the most recently held SEA Games in the Philippines in 2019, Cambodia came a respectable eighth, with 46 medals.

Chamroeun said he expected Cambodia to again be strong in petanque and martial arts such as taekwondo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, while the Kingdom’s footballers would be eager to go a step further.

“The Koupreys” made it to the semifinal bronze medal match with Myanmar but were cruelly denied a medal after losing 5-4 on penalties after a 2-2 draw.

While the Indonesia Sea Games represented Cambodia’s best medal haul since the 2013 edition in Myanmar, Chamroeun said the Kingdom’s sports bodies have been striving hard to improve on this strong performance.

“We have had special development programmes for training our athletes in place for the past four years to improve their capacity.

“With the countdown to the Games having begun, we are sending around 100 athletes across 12 sports to China for a year’s intensive training, while the focus on international competition has been strengthened to maximise our chances of medals.

“And with NOCC president and Minister of Tourism HE Dr Thong Khon having much experience in organising large events and being well versed in showcasing Cambodian hospitality, we are confident the 2023 Cambodia SEA Games will be a great success,” Chamroeun said.

July 25, 2022

Preparations for ASEAN Para Games on: minister

Preparations for ASEAN Para Games on: minister

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Minister of Youth and Sports Zainudin Amali said that his ministry is working to complete preparations for the 2022 ASEAN Para Games, which Indonesia will host in Solo, Central Java, in July this year.

During a meeting with the Indonesia Paralympic Committee (NPC) on Wednesday, he noted that there are several aspects that have to be prepared starting from the venue, accommodation, and transportation.

“Because we are the host, we will also discuss infrastructure readiness. We listed which ones need major renovation, which ones need minor renovation,” he informed in a statement posted on his ministry’s website on Wednesday.

“Accommodation, transportation, and other such matters will be the responsibility of the central government, but the one who executes them on the field as the committee head is Surakarta (Solo) mayor,” he said.

The time to prepare for the ASEAN Para Games is quite short with only five months remaining, the minister admitted.

However, he assured that the government is committed to making all the necessary preparations.

“We will coordinate it with other ministries. I have reported to the State Secretariat Minister and Finance Minister. Insyallah (God willing), everybody supports this,” he remarked.

Meanwhile, Indonesia NPC secretary general Rima Ferdianto said that several issues were discussed during the meeting with the Youth and Sports Ministry, such as major renovations for the pool venue.

The pool requires major renovations since the floor and the pool depth have to be changed, he explained.

“Currently, the pool is only 1.35 m, 2.20 m deep. The international standard is at least 2.5 m,” he said.

Indonesia officially became the host of the 2022 ASEAN Para Games with the release of a decision letter by the ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) on January 14.

Indonesia replaced Vietnam, who resigned as host and announced it will only hold the SEA Games in May this year..

July 25, 2022

Cambodia gets ready for SEA & ASEAN Para Games 2023

Cambodia gets ready for SEA & ASEAN Para Games 2023

PHNOM PENH (The Phnom Penh Post): With Prime Minister Hun Sen having presided over the 502-day countdown ceremony on Saturday (Dec 18), the Kingdom’s chief sports administrator said Cambodia hosting the 2023 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games and Asean Para Games was “a dream come true”.

Cambodia was one of the founders of the South-East Asian Peninsular (SEAP) Games Federation, the forerunner to the current regional sports body, and the Kingdom was to host the Games in 1963 before they were cancelled due to the political situation at the time.

 
With the Kingdom now enjoying stability and rapid development, “Sport: Live In Peace” was chosen as the slogan for the 2023 Cambodia Games to highlight how peace has been crucial for the Kingdom’s remarkable transformation.

Vath Chamroeun, the secretary-general of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC), hailed the huge importance of Cambodia finally hosting the event 60 years later.

 
“The government’s focus had been on developing other key sectors such as education and health. But recently it was felt the time was right, and it was announced at the SEA Games Federation Council meeting in Singapore in 2015 that we would indeed host the SEA Games.

“By hosting these Games, it really awakens in people the importance of sport in developing a nation’s society and its economy, and what sport means for the legacy of a country.

“We have been waiting 64 years since becoming one of the six founding members of the regional sports body in 1959, so to finally have the chance to host the SEA Games is a dream come true, for me and for Cambodia,” said Chamroeun.

 
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Saturday’s event also served to inaugurate the 60,000-seat Morodok Techo National Sports Complex in Phnom Penh – built as the centrepiece of the Games – with some 8,000 athletes across 40 sports set to convene in the Kingdom to contest the 32nd edition. More than 2,000 para athletes are due to compete in the 12th ASEAN Para Games.

And Chamroeun – a former wrestler who represented Cambodia at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics – said it was essential to host events such as the SEA Games to grow sport in the Kingdom.

“For me, it has been a long-held dream to host the SEA Games. For smaller sporting countries like Cambodia, the way to really develop sport is to host events like the SEA Games.

“As a sportsman, I fully appreciate the value of sport and the benefits it brings to society, as well as the importance of hosting the Games in helping secure a bright future for the Kingdom’s sporting scene,” said Chamroeun.

Chmroeun revealed that the Cambodian SEA Games Organising Committee (CAMSOC) has proposed two initiatives that will set the stage for future Games.

CAMSOC is calling for the members of the Southeast Asian Games Federation (SEAGF) to jointly compose a theme song to be used for the 2023 edition and beyond.

CAMSOC is also pushing SEAGF members to allow sales of SEA Games television broadcast rights starting from 2023 on a profit-sharing model between the host country, SEAGF and its members to ensure financial sustainability in organising the Games.

Chamroeun said that while Cambodia intends to add ITF taekwondo to the 2023 SEA Games programme, it is facing resistance from the SEAGF and even from countries outside the region.

The host country has traditionally been allowed to include new sports that would help with the medal tally, and being the second ranked country in the world at ITF taekwondo, he said Cambodia should be able to add the sport without “political” interference.

In the most recently held SEA Games in the Philippines in 2019, Cambodia came a respectable eighth, with 46 medals.

Chamroeun said he expected Cambodia to again be strong in petanque and martial arts such as taekwondo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, while the Kingdom’s footballers would be eager to go a step further.

“The Koupreys” made it to the semifinal bronze medal match with Myanmar but were cruelly denied a medal after losing 5-4 on penalties after a 2-2 draw.

While the Indonesia Sea Games represented Cambodia’s best medal haul since the 2013 edition in Myanmar, Chamroeun said the Kingdom’s sports bodies have been striving hard to improve on this strong performance.

“We have had special development programmes for training our athletes in place for the past four years to improve their capacity.

“With the countdown to the Games having begun, we are sending around 100 athletes across 12 sports to China for a year’s intensive training, while the focus on international competition has been strengthened to maximise our chances of medals.

“And with NOCC president and Minister of Tourism HE Dr Thong Khon having much experience in organising large events and being well versed in showcasing Cambodian hospitality, we are confident the 2023 Cambodia SEA Games will be a great success,” Chamroeun said.

July 25, 2022

SWIMMING VENUE MOVED TO SEMARANG AS GAMES ENTER FINAL PHASE OF PREPARATION

SWIMMING MOVED TO SEMARANG

The 11th ASEAN Para Games Solo 2022 swing into its final phase of preparation as organisers continue to intensify efforts to ensure all organisational aspects are well in place before the commencement of the Games in July. 
 
As the Solo 2022 Games enter its 60-Day countdown mark today, the Local Organising Committee (LOC) – INASPOC, NPC Indonesia and APSF are pulling all their resources to ensure that no stones are left unturned as the Games’ opening ceremony looms closer on July 30. 
 
With the pandemic still lurking in the background, the 11th ASEAN Para Games are set to make a comeback after a lapse of four years, following the cancellation of two previous editions in Manila 2019 and Hanoi 2021 Games. 
 
The 2022 Games are scheduled in Solo and three other main districts in Central Java – Karanganyar, Sukoharjo and Semarang – from 30 July to 6 August. Solo has stepped up to replace Hanoi as host of the 11th edition following Vietnam’s withdrawal as host due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
 
In a virtual meeting chaired by President Maj Gen Osoth Bhavilai, the ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) Exco was briefed on the latest progress on the preparation of the Solo 2022 Games.
 
The APSF Exco was informed by NPC Indonesia Secretary-General Rima Ferdianto of the change of venue for Para-swimming from Intan Pari Swimming Pool to Jati Diri Swimming Complex in Semarang, some 100km away from Solo city. 
 
“The Jati Diri Swimming Pool is considered as one of the best swimming venues in Central Java, having hosted the ASEAN School Games in 2019 and fully equipped with standard timing and scoring display board,” said Ferdianto. 
 
The organisers were left with no choice but to relocate the swimming venue as the Intan Pari swimming complex was simply not feasible as it lacks proper facilities and structure to hold an international competition,” said Maj Gen Osoth.
 
APSF had, before this, raised concerns over the readiness of the Intan Pari swimming pool during the federation’s project review and visit to Solo and has requested that the issue be addressed urgently. 
 
Maj Gen Osoth and APSF Secretary-General Senior Col Wandee Tosuwan recently led a 7-member delegation to inspect venues and gauge Solo’s readiness as well as conducted the Coordination Committee meeting and the official Games flag handover ceremony to the Mayor of Solo, Gibran Rakabuming Raka. 
 
Maj Gen Osoth added, the LOC, NPC Indonesia and APSF secretariat are working closely to synchronise plans and overcome any organisational issues which include venue preparation and upgrades, participation of contingents, management of sports and technical aspects, classification process, anti-doping measures, protocol and events, media, communications, broadcast, publicity  and marketing of the Games. 
 
The APSF project review team and Technical Delegates from respective sports will again be in Solo for a four-day venue inspection and the 2nd Coordination Committee meeting with the organisers from 16 to 20 June.  The Chef de Mission seminar will then take place during the 3rd Coordination Committee meeting from 30 June to 4 July. 
 
It has been confirmed that based on the Entry by Numbers (EBN), more than 1,600 athletes from all 11 contingents – Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines,  Vietnam, Timor Leste and Indonesia — will be participating in the Games, the second to be hosted by Solo after 10 years in 2011. 
 
Sports to be contested in Solo include athletics, archery, badminton, boccia, CP Football, chess, goalball, judo, para powerlifting, para-swimming, table tennis, wheelchair tennis, sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball. 

July 25, 2022

11 SPORTS GET THE NOD, APSF PROPOSES FOUR MORE SPORTS FOR 2021 HANOI GAMES

11 SPORTS GET THE NOD, APSF PROPOSES FOUR MORE SPORTS FOR 2021 HANOI GAMES

1.              THE ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) has endorsed the 11 sports proposed by Vietnam to be featured in the upcoming 11th ASEAN Para Games 2021, scheduled in Hanoi in December. 

2.              The APSF Board of Governors (BoG) convened a virtual meeting from its headquarters in Bangkok to discuss, deliberate and assess Hanoi’s preparation for the hosting of the 2021 Games. 

3.              The sports approved unanimously by the BoG are Athletics, Archery, Badminton, Boccia, Chess, Goalball, Judo, Powerlifting, Swimming, Table Tennis and Wheelchair Tennis. 

4.              However, following consultation with member countries, the Board proposed that the Vietnam ASEAN Para Games Organising Committee (VIEAPGOC) include 
an additional of four sports, namely Wheelchair Basketball, CP Football, Cycling and Sitting Volleyball for the Vietnam Games. 

5.              The decision was derived following feedback from member-countries based on the final findings of the Expression of Interest (EOI) which was presented to the Board. The four sports surpassed the criteria for selection which stated that only sports with support from at least four nations during the EOI exercise will be considered for inclusion in the Games. 

6.              The meeting, chaired by President of Vietnam Paralympic Association (VPA) Huynh Vinh Ai, was attended by presidents/alternates of the National Paralympic Committee (NPC) of Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Myanmar, Singapore and Vietnam. Also present were key officials of the APSF secretariat and VIEAPGOC as well as observers from the respective NPCs. 

7.     In response, VIEAPGOC will now proceed to present the BoG’s recommendation to include the four sports to the Vietnam government and will notify APSF on the outcome in the coming weeks. 

8.              Prior to this, VIEAPGOC had proposed that 11 sports be contested for the Games, taking into consideration the various  organisational  factors  including operations, facilities, logistics, transportation, accommodation, medical and human resources as well as the challenges to ensure the safety and health of contingents, athletes, officials and the masses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

9.              VIEAPGOC presented its preparation for the overall management of the Games which include competition schedule, facilities and venues, accommodation, transportation, arrival and departure of contingents, medical and anti-doping guidelines, media and broadcast management and classification exercise.

10.           VIEPAPGOC pledged its commitment to ensure smooth delivery of the Hanoi Games, adding that it will step up measures to ensure the safety of the Games based on the guidelines stipulated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in the organisation of multi-sport Games. 

11.        Mr Huynh Vinh Ai thanked the BOG for its guidance, support and cooperation, saying VIEAPGOC officials will be working closely with the APSF secretariat to ensure that it meets the expectation of organising a successful Games in this trying times. 

12.           In the last Games in Kuala Lumpur in 2017, 16 sports were contested while the 10th Games in Manila, originally scheduled in January 2020 with 16 sports, were cancelled due to the COVID-19 global outbreak. 

13.           Vietnam will be hosting the ASEAN Para Games for the second time after a lapse of 18 years. The country last hosted the second edition of the Games in 2003 where only 5 sports were contested then. 

 

Thank You.

MAJOR GENERAL OSOTH BHAVILAI

President, ASEAN PARA SPORTS FEDERATION (APSF)

July 5, 2022

THOUSANDS THRONG STREETS TO CELEBRATE SOLO 2022 COUNTDOWN & MASCOT LAUNCH

THOUSANDS THRONG STREETS TO CELEBRATE SOLO 2022 COUNTDOWN & MASCOT LAUNCH

SOLO, INDONESIA – IT was a day filled with fun, joy and excitement as thousands thronged the main street of Slamet Riyadi in the heart of Solo City to join the local organising committee, INASPOC and Asean Para Sports Federation (APSF) in a Countdown and Games Mascot celebration in conjunction with the upcoming 11th ASEAN Para Games Solo 2022. 
 
APSF President Major General Osoth Bhavilai, APSF Secretary-General Senior Colonel Wandee Tosuwan, ASPF directors, delegates and INASPOC officials joined the parade from Loji Gandrung,  mingling with Solo community while promoting the Games which is 24 days away, today. 
 
Also in attendance at the event which coincided with Solo City’s Car Free Day (CFC) were the Mayor of Solo, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, who is also the Indonesia Asean Para Games Organising Committee (INASPOC), NPC Indonesia President Senny Marbun and INASPOC Deputy 3, Henry Oka. 
 
The countdown celebration is a culmination of a three-day event organised by INASPOC and APSF which included a Chef de Mission Seminar, the 3rd Coordination Committee Meeting, a Pre-Delegates Registration Meeting (Pre-DRM) and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing for the Solo 2022 Games. 
 
A total of 1,285 athletes from all 11 Southeast Asian nations have been confirmed for the Solo Games scheduled from July 30 to August 6 here. 
 
The event is part of the Games promotional activities at creating awareness of Para sports and persons with a disability (PWDs) as well as hyping up the Games atmosphere in Solo and ASEAN nations. 
 
Guests and the local crowd were treated to the Reog Ponorogo performance, a traditional dance originated from Ponorogo Regency, which displays physical prowess and supernatural. 
 
APSF President Maj. Gen. Osoth Bhavlai lauded the initiatives, saying that such an event would help promote the Games apart from effectively engaging with the local community and help create awareness on para-athletes and sports.
 
“APSF will continuously and gladly support its members in promotional activities such as this, as it helps us to reach out to the community more effectively. It also helps boost the local economic and social activities apart from hyping up the Games, para-sports and athletes,” said Maj. Gen Osoth. 
 
On the Solo Games’ preparation, Maj. Gen. Osoth that, all in all, APSF were satisfied with the level of preparations by INASPOC despite the many obstacles faced including on preparation of the suitable venues and other organisational issues. 
 
“The table tennis venue still needs to be sorted out while matters related to arrivals, accommodation, Covid-19 protocols and measures still need to be looked into,” he said. 
 
Gibran, meanwhile said, INASPOC is determined to ensure the Games are trouble and hassle-free. “All areas have been looked into, accommodation, arrivals, health protocols, refurbishment of competition venues…all these areas are being looked into,” said Gibran.  
 
Except for Laos, Brunei and Vietnam, all Chefs de Mission (CDM) were present during the CDM Seminar and Pre-DRM.  The Solo Games 2022 is the first held since the 2017 Games in Kuala Lumpur. The previous two host cities – Manila 2019 and Hanoi 2021 – withdrew their hosting job following the Covid-19 pandemic. 

July 4, 2022

FINAL CO-COMM CONCLUDES; APSF-INASPOC SIGN MOU

FINAL CO-COMM CONCLUDES; APSF-INASPOC SIGN MOU

SOLO, INDONESIA — The 3rd Coordination Committee meeting concludes here with ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) and the Indonesia ASEAN Para Games Organising Committee (INASPOC) pledging to step up efforts to ensure the smooth organisation of the 11th ASEAN Para Games Solo 2022 this month.

Another milestone was etched as both APSF and INASPOC officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) laying out responsibilities and commitment by both parties to ensure the successful organisation of the Games.
APSF President Major General Osoth Bhavilai signed on behalf of the governing body while INASPOC Chairman Gibran Rakabumi Raka inked the deal on behalf of Host City Solo.


The Chefs de Mission Seminar also concluded successfully with contingent leaders and key officials from participating countries taking the opportunities to check on the competition venues around Solo.


APSF President Maj General Osoth Bhavilai expressed satisfaction over Solo’s readiness preparation for the Games, saying that athletes are itching for action in the region’s biggest multi-sports Para sporting extravaganza after missing out on the Games for four years.


Gibran, who is also the Mayor of Solo, meanwhile said that Solo is ready to receive the huge number of participants and guests, adding that all the necessary arrangements such as venues, accommodation, transportation and health protocols are in place.


The 11th ASEAN Para Games Solo Games 2022 is scheduled from 30 July to 6 August in Solo and three other districts, namely, Karaganyar, Sukoharjo and Semarang. A total of 14 sports and more than 500 events have been lined up for the Games.


The Solo Games 2022 will be the first held since the 2017 Games in Kuala Lumpur. The previous two host cities – Manila 2019 and Hanoi 2021 – withdrew their hosting job following the Covid-19 pandemic.

May 11, 2022

FLAG OFFICIALLY HANDED OVER, SOLO GEARS UP TO DELIVER 2022 GAMES

FLAG OFFICIALLY HANDED OVER, SOLO GEARS UP TO DELIVER 2022 GAMES

THE ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) flag was handed over to Solo City on Monday night at the historical Mangkunegaran Palace, marking the official handover of the 11th ASEAN Para Games (APG) 2022 to the city which is hosting the Games for the second time after 10 years. 
 
The biennial Games, the most prestigious sporting affair for Para athletes from 11 countries in the Southeast Asia region,  takes place in the city of Solo and its vicinity, from July 30 to August 6.
 
In a colourful ceremony steeped in Javanese tradition, culture and atmosphere, APSF president Major General Osoth Bhavilai handed over the flag to National Paralympic Committee (NPC) Indonesia President Senny Marbun, who then passed the flag to the Mayor of Solo, Gibran Rakabuming Raka. 
 
Other key dignitaries present at the ceremony were King Mangkunegara X, Gusti Pangeran Harya Bhre Cakrahutomo Wira Sudjiwo and Drs Chandra Bhakti, Indonesian Youth and Sports Deputy Minister (IV) of and APSF Secretary-General Senior Colonel Dr Wandee Tosuwan.  Also at the ceremony were APSF secretariat members, members from the Local Organising Committee and NPC Indonesia secretariat members. 
 
The official handing over of the Games flag last took place during the closing ceremony of the Kuala Lumpur 2017 Games, when it was passed to the 2019 host city, Manila. However, the staging of the Games suffered setbacks when the Manila Games as well as the 11th ASEAN Para Games 2021 in Hanoi were cancelled due to the rising Covid-19 pandemic. 
 
Speaking at the Games’ first physical event in Solo, Major General Osoth stressed the need for all parties to work closely to ensure the Games are delivered smoothly despite the challenging Covid situation.
 
“Following numerous meetings and discussions, mostly done virtually over the last few months, APSF, NPC and LOC finally agreed on how best to deliver the Games. The Games is now less than 80 days away and with 14 sports listed, we need to work together and step up preparation efforts,” said Maj Gen Osoth. 
 
“The next two months are crucial, but I have full confidence that Solo will be able to deliver a memorable Games. I wish everyone all the best in the coming weeks and months ahead,” he added. 
 
Mr Gibran, in his speech, expressed gratitude to APSF for its continuous support and assistance in providing valuable inputs, especially in the preparation of competition venues and sports. 
 
“Solo is ready to receive participants, athletes, officials and guests and we will do our utmost best to deliver a successful Games,” he said. 
 
The APSF Project Review team led by Senior Colonel Wandee Tosuwan, has also finalised a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will be officially signed between APSF and the Local Organising Committee in the coming weeks. 
 
“The official signing of the MoU will be done once the Presidential Decree from the Indonesian President is received in the coming weeks. Both APSF and NPC as well as legal representatives from the Local Organising Committee have reached a consensus in various functional areas such as operation, venues, medical and anti-doping, classification, accreditation, accommodation, food and beverage, transportation, Information Technology, marketing, media, and broadcasting,” said Senior. Col Wandee.
 
The APSF team conducted inspections on all 14 competition venues in and around Solo over the last three days. Fourteen sports will be contested with more than 1,600 athletes and approximately 600 officials from all 11 countries expected to be in the city in July. 
 
The findings and recommendations were presented during the Coordination Committee (CoComm) meeting at Alila Hotel here, also attended by NPC Indonesia representatives which was led by President Senny Marbun, Secretary-General Rima Ferdianto as well as representatives from various departments of the Local Organising Committee.
 
APSF key officials involved in the project review team include Directors Stefanie  Ang (Sports and Technical), Naseruddin Wahab (Media and Communications), Lim Chuan Beng (Marketing and Sponsorship), Aryo Moedanton (Accreditation), Rezza Dwi Brammadita (NPC Relations) and Dato Hakem Arabi (Legal and Ethics). 
 
In a press conference after the CoComm meeting, APSF President Major General Osoth expressed satisfaction over the progress of Games preparation but stressed that several sports venues including swimming require immediate upgrades and extra attention.

“Venues like badminton and a few others are excellent, but several competition venues including swimming needed immediate attention as there was not much progress. However, we have full confidence in the organisers’ capabilities to have the venues ready in time… athletes are looking forward to being in Solo in July and August,”  said Maj Gen Osoth. 
 
NPC President Senny Marbun said since the cancellation of the Manila Games in 2020 and Vietnam in 2021, athletes have been left without top-notch Games and yearning for competitive action. 
 
Attention will now be on the Solo Games as it is the only major regional para tournament this year…so be prepared for an exciting Games in Solo,” said Senny. 
 
Sports to be contested include athletics, archery, badminton, boccia, CP Football, chess, goalball, judo, para powerlifting, para-swimming, table tennis, wheelchair tennis, sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball. 

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