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July 30, 2022

Opening Speech by APSF President at the Official Opening Ceremony of the 11th ASEAN Para Games Solo 2022

Opening Speech by APSF President at the Official Opening Ceremony of the 11th ASEAN Para Games Solo 2022

Your Excellency, Mr K.H. MA’RUF AMIN

Vice President of Republic of Indonesia

 

• Honourable, Mr ZAINUDIN AMALI 

Minister of Youth and Sports

 

• Mr SENNY MARBUN

Chairman, National Paralympic Committee of Indonesia 

 

• Mr. GIBRAN RAKAMBUMING RAKA 

Chairman of Indonesia ASEAN Para Games Organising Committee (INASPOC)

 

• ASEAN Para Sports Federation Board of Governors and EXCO members 

 

• Members of the Local Organising Committee, INASPOC

 

• Distinguished Guests, Athletes, Officials, Ladies and Gentlemen

 

Good Evening!

 

1. On behalf of the ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF), and with great honour and privilege, I welcome you here tonight…to this beautiful city of Solo for the opening of the 11th ASEAN PARA GAMES Solo 2022!

 

2. For four long years, the ASEAN Paralympic community have been waiting for this moment. It has now, arrived. We look forward to renewing our solidarity and friendship. We look forward to being inspired, rejuvenating our strength through sports, to savour the magical moments of the ASEAN Para Games!  Thank You Solo, Thank You Indonesia for this moment!

 

 

 

3. In the next seven days, be prepared for many inspiring actions and achievements by our 1,248 athletes and 534 officials. They will be competing in 924 events, for the 453 medals at stake. Let’s empower them with our fullest support, and greatest encouragement for them to continue scaling greater heights in sports, and life!

 

4. I would like to take this opportunity to record my special gratitude to the Indonesian Government for the unwavering commitment to bringing the 11th ASEAN Para Games here in Solo. All this, in less than five months of preparation and not to mention, the global Covid-19 pandemic which continues to be a health threat to us. 

 

As owner of the Games, APSF has been collaborating closely with all parties. Thank you to the Ministry of Youth and Sports KEMENPORA under the leadership of PAK ZAINUDIN,  the Indonesia ASEAN Para Games Organising Committee INASPOC led by Mr GIBRAN, and the National Paralympic Committee of Indonesia under the leadership of PAK SENNY MARBUN. Your continuous commitment, dedication and leadership will continue to inspire us.  

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, 

 

5. We will continue to strive for the betterment of our ASEAN paralympic community, through the creation of many more sporting platforms for our athletes and persons with a disability. Together,  in one voice, we continue to champion inclusivity and equality, empower our youth and “TO WIN TOGETHER!”

 

6. Tonight as we await for the Games cauldron to lit up, let’s congratulate Solo and its friendly people for the great hospitality. 

 

7. Special thanks to all 11 participating contingents, the hundreds of officials and volunteers, as well as the thousands of fans who are here celebrating tonight, with a common aim of  “STRIVING FOR EQUALITY“. 

 

8. To athletes, you have waited long enough for tonight to happen. Compete fairly, with a true spirit of sportsmanship. Excite the world with your courage, and make a difference with your achievement! “TOGETHER WE WIN”.

 

 

Thank you. MATUR NUWUN!

July 14, 2022

12th ASEAN Para Games Cambodia 2023: APSF-CAMAPGOC COLLABORATION VITAL

12th ASEAN Para Games Cambodia 2023: APSF-CAMAPGOC COLLABORATION VITAL

PHOM PENH, 14 July – THE ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) has assured host Cambodia of its fullest assistance and collaboration to ensure the succesful staging of the 12th ASEAN Para Games Cambodia 2023, scheduled from 3-9 June in Phnom Penh, next year. 

It will be the first-ever ASEAN Para Games to be hosted by Cambodia since the inception of the multi-sports extravaganza in Kuala Lumpur in 2001. 

As such, close collaboration amongst all related stakeholders are vital and APSF, as well as member nations, are prepared to render any assistance and provide expertise in various areas of the organisation of the biennial Games. 

APSF President Maj. Gen. Osoth Bhavilai said the last four years have been difficult for paralympic athletes and movement in the region who missed two editions of the Games in Manila in 2020 dan Hanoi in 2021 due to the Covid pandemic. 

“The last four years have been difficult as two of our Games were cancelled due to the pandemic. Our athletes are now itching to get back in action. We look forward to exciting moments in the next 11 months as we prepare for the 11th ASEAN Para Games in Solo this month (30 July-6 August ) and the Cambodia Games in early June next year.

“We look forward to working closely with Cambodia Asean Para Games Organising Committee (CAMAPGOC) in all areas of the Games to ensure a smooth operation prior to and during Games time,” said Maj Gen Osoth after jointly chairing a preliminary Coordination meeting with CAMAPGOC Chief Executive Officer H.E. Vath Chamroeun in Phnom Penh, over the weekend. 

APSF has expertise in various areas including sports, technical, classification, science, medical and anti-doping which can be utilised together for the benefit of the host country. 

Presidents and representatives from Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos, Singapore, the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, and Timor Leste attended the meeting. Brunei did not send any delegates or representatives to the meeting.

Chamroeun welcomes any assistance from APSF and its members, adding that this is the first time in 64 years that Cambodia is hosting a major sporting Games in the Kingdom. “The 12th ASEAN Para Games is indeed very important to Cambodia as Prime  Minister Hun Sen himself is the President of NPC Cambodia, so the Games must be held professionally and up to international standards. We welcome suggestions and recommendations from all member countries,” he added.

Matters discussed at the meetings include proposed sports, Covid 19 health protocol, transportation, arrival and departures and as well registration fees by contingents and athletes.

Earlier, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, while officiating the APSF Coordination Meeting and SEAGF Council meeting, called on the member countries of both Games to provide all possible support for the success of the SEA Games and the ASEAN Para Games.

“Sports play a big role in international cooperation and the SEA Games and ASEAN Para Games have reflected the solidarity, friendship, and cooperation among the governments and people of all the members,” said the Prime Minister.

While SEA Games are scheduled in five different provinces in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, Kep and Kempot, competitions for the 12th ASEAN Para Games will be centralised at the iconic Morodok Techo National Sports Complex.

The Prime Minister also stressed media participation and coverage be given important emphasis to help publicise the Games widely in the region. 

Delegates were also taken for a visit to the Morodok Techo sports complex which houses various competition venues including para-athletics, table tennis, para-badminton, para-swimming and goalball

July 5, 2022

1,285 ATHLETES SLATED FOR SOLO 2022

1,285 ATHLETES SLATED FOR SOLO 2022

SOLO, INDONESIA, 5 July – A total of 1,285 athletes from 11 Southeast Asian nations have been confirmed for the upcoming 11th ASEAN Para Games Solo 2022 from July 30 to August 6 here. 
 
Forming up the biggest contingent is host Indonesia with a strong 321 with powerhouse Thailand following close with 312 athletes competing in all 14 sports at the biennial Games. 
 
Fourteen sports – para archery, para-athletics, para-badminton, boccia, chess, CP football, goalball, blind judo, powerlifting, sitting volleyball, para swimming, para table tennis, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis – will be featured in the Solo Games.  
 
All 11 nations are sending their contingents to the Games, held after a four-year lapse following the Covid-19 pandemic and the withdrawal by previous hosts, Manila 2019 and Hanoi 2021. 
 
Cambodia, host of the next year’s 12the ASEAN Para Games in Phnom Penh, is also gearing up strongly by sending a large contingent of 113 athletes while Brunei Darussalam will be participating with the smallest contingent of 15 athletes. 
 
Over the weekend, Indonesia Asean Para Games Organising Committee (INASPOC) in collaboration with the ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) conducted a four-day project which include a two-day Chefs de Mission (CDM) Seminar, APSF-INASPOC Coordination Committee Meeting, final visits to competition venues and the Pre-Delegation Registration Meeting (Pre-DRM). 
 
“Overall, it was a very fruitful session as all eight countries were represented in the CDM meeting which discusses at length on various Games organisational issues raised by participating contingents,” said APSF President Major General Osoth Bhavilai. 
 
Members from the APSF Secretariat had separate meetings with their respective counterparts such as sports, NPC relations, events and ceremonies, protocol, broadcasting, media, marketing, classification and anti-doping.  
 
In his remarks at the CDM seminar, INASPOC chairman Gibran Rakabuming Raka assured countries of a smooth Solo 2022 Games, saying that his organising team are working closely with the Indonesian Ministry of Youth and Sports to ensure that all areas of the Games are looked into. 
 
“We are indeed touched by the trust given to us by Asean Para Sports Federation (APSF) and the paralympic community to host this Games…despite the difficult situation and time constraint, Solo is ready to receive athletes and contingents and stage a memorable Games,” said Gibran who is also the Mayor of Solo.
 
“We look forward to the Games as a platform to effect change, especially to help persons with a disability (PWDs) blend in the society and get into sports. I am hoping that Solo 2022 will raise more awareness on inclusivity and equality, and work towards providing better opportunities for PWDs,” he added. 
 
In conjunction with the project review, APSF and INASPOC also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with both parties pledging to work together to ensure the Games reaches out to as many people as possible within the ASEAN  population. 
 
The project review culminated with the special Counting Down Ceremony and parade featuring Solo’s cultural shows and performance on the main street of Slamet Riyadi in Solo, where thousands turned up to celebrate the 27-day countdown to the Games. 
 
In attendance were Gibran, Maj Gen Osoth, ASPF Secretary-General Senior Colonel Dr Wandee Tosuwan, NPC Indonesia president Senny Marbun, INASPOC Deputy Director III Henry Oka and APSF delegates.
 
Apart from Thailand, Brunei and hosts Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, and Timor Leste, Vietnam are sending their respective athletes while Malaysia and Singapore, who will be competing in the Birmingham Commonwealth Games at the same time, have also assured the organisers of their participation in Solo.
 
In his assessment, Maj General Osoth Bhavilai expressed satisfaction over Solo’s readiness for the Games, saying that athletes are looking forward to action in the region’s biggest multi-sports Para sporting extravaganza after missing out on the Games for four years. 
 
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.

June 19, 2022

SOLO GETS THUMBS UP FROM APSF 

SOLO GETS THUMBS UP FROM APSF

THE 2nd APSF-INASPOC-NPC Indonesia Coordination Committee (Co-Comm) meeting, held to finalise organisational details for the 11th ASEAN Para Games 2022, concluded successfully in Solo on Sunday (19 June) with the Games preparation expected to be doubly intensified following the issuance of the Presidential Decree to the Local Organising Committee, INASPOC. 

Following a three-day coordination meeting here, which also included venue visits by a team of seven Technical Delegates, the ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) expressed satisfaction over the commitment of host city Solo and the Indonesian ASEAN Para Games Organising Committee (INASPOC) in preparing the Games. 

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 900 events have been lined up for the region’s biggest multi-sports extravaganza.  

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. 

APSF Secretary-General Senior Colonel Wandee Tosuwan expressed confidence that upgrading works at all venues including the new Jatidiri Swimming Complex in Semarang will be fully completed before Games opening on July 30.  

“We had a fruitful Co-Comm and positive engagement with INASPOC host Solo City as well as the relevant stakeholders of the Games.  

“Following the issuance of the much-awaited Presidential Decree on 17 June, INASPOC is now in better position to carry out organisational tasks efficiently including cooperation with 14 ministries and other related government agencies. Pressing matters such as venue upgrades, accessibilities and safety of venues are being urgently looked into now,” said Senior Colonel Wandee, in a press conference following the conclusion of the APSF-INASPOC. 

The challenges of having a Games with a pandemic still looming were also highlighted with specific measures including adopting a “bubble-concept” Games being considered to ensure 
adherence to Covid-19 health protocol and safety. 

Col. Wandee thanked INASPOC and Solo City Mayor, Gibran Rakabuming Raka for their tireless efforts in preparing for the Games despite the many challenges faced including the pandemic and time factor. “Strong representation from the related government agencies and the participation of some 80 representatives from INASPOC in various functional areas such as sports, technical, competition venues, accommodation, media, protocol and events, accreditations, NPC relations, marketing, Anti-Doping, IT, broadcast and other matters are proof of APSF-INASPOC close working relationship in ensuring smooth delivery of the Games,” she said. 

Col. Wandee added that seven APSF-appointed Technical Delegates to Solo Games 2022 were satisfied with the condition and refurbishing works being conducted at several venues after their two-day inspection of competition venues. 

APSF and INASPOC will be conducting the Chefs de Mission (CDM) Seminar,  the final Coordination Committee meeting as well as the Pre-Delegation Registration exercise from June 30-July 4 in Solo.  

“It will be the final meeting before the opening of the Games, where CDMs from participating nations will be thoroughly briefed on all aspects of the Games organisation. The second batch of TDs will also be doing their checks on the remaining venues,” said Col. Wandee. 

June 3, 2022

SECRETARIAT EMBARKS ON SERIES OF VIRTUAL MEETINGS

SECRETARIAT EMBARKS ON SERIES OF VIRTUAL MEETINGS

June 3, 2021 – The ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) secretariat has embarked on a series of virtual meetings and discussions to outline and discuss preparations for the upcoming ASEAN Para Games 2021 scheduled in Vietnam in December. 

With less than six months before the commencement of the 11th edition of the Hanoi Games, APSF and the Vietnam ASEAN Para Games Organising Committee (VIEAPGOC) are stepping up efforts to ensure that all relevant parties and stakeholders are well-prepared to ensure the smooth running of the Games amid the challenging health environment caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Amongst the areas covered include Marketing, Classification as well as the Anti-Doping and NPC Service departments with Directors – Lim Chuan Beng (Marketing), Prof Datuk Dr Rokiah Omar (Classification), Rezza Dwi Brammadita (NPC Service) and Dr Badrul Amini Rasid (Anti-Doping) – outlining their respective plans for the Games. Prior to this, the Sports Department has also conducted its meeting with Technical Delegates of the respective sports. 

APSF and VIEAPGOC are facing great challenges in various organisational aspects of the Games following the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak which requires the host to adhere to even stricter operating procedures to ensure the safety of athletes, officials, contingents and the masses. The secretariat is working hand in hand with VIEAPGOC to streamline various areas of the Games with more meetings expected in the coming weeks and months.

Eleven sports will be contested in the Games to be held around Hanoi and its vicinity from 17 to 23 December. Sports to be featured include Athletics, Archery, Badminton, Boccia, Chess, Goalball, Judo, Powerlifting, Swimming, Table Tennis and Wheelchair Tennis

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June 3, 2022

SECRETARIAT EMBARKS ON SERIES OF VIRTUAL MEETINGS

SECRETARIAT EMBARKS ON SERIES OF VIRTUAL MEETINGS

June 3, 2021 – The ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) secretariat has embarked on a series of virtual meetings and discussions to outline and discuss preparations for the upcoming ASEAN Para Games 2021 scheduled in Vietnam in December. 

With less than six months before the commencement of the 11th edition of the Hanoi Games, APSF and the Vietnam ASEAN Para Games Organising Committee (VIEAPGOC) are stepping up efforts to ensure that all relevant parties and stakeholders are well-prepared to ensure the smooth running of the Games amid the challenging health environment caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Amongst the areas covered include Marketing, Classification as well as the Anti-Doping and NPC Service departments with Directors – Lim Chuan Beng (Marketing), Prof Datuk Dr Rokiah Omar (Classification), Rezza Dwi Brammadita (NPC Service) and Dr Badrul Amini Rasid (Anti-Doping) – outlining their respective plans for the Games. Prior to this, the Sports Department has also conducted its meeting with Technical Delegates of the respective sports. 

APSF and VIEAPGOC are facing great challenges in various organisational aspects of the Games following the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak which requires the host to adhere to even stricter operating procedures to ensure the safety of athletes, officials, contingents and the masses. The secretariat is working hand in hand with VIEAPGOC to streamline various areas of the Games with more meetings expected in the coming weeks and months.

Eleven sports will be contested in the Games to be held around Hanoi and its vicinity from 17 to 23 December. Sports to be featured include Athletics, Archery, Badminton, Boccia, Chess, Goalball, Judo, Powerlifting, Swimming, Table Tennis and Wheelchair Tennis

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May 26, 2022

DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO NPC BRUNEI DARUSSALAM ON THE DEMISE OF ITS PRESIDENT, SHAIKH MAHMUD SHAIKH IBRAHIM

DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO NPC BRUNEI DARUSSALAM ON THE DEMISE OF ITS PRESIDENT, SHAIKH MAHMUD SHAIKH IBRAHIM

ON behalf of the ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF), I would like to extend our heartfelt and deepest condolences to the family and NPC Brunei Darussalam on the passing of its president, Shaikh Mahmud Shaikh Ibrahim on Wednesday, 26 May 2021. 

The demise of Mr Shaikh Mahmud, 67, is indeed a great loss to the APSF and the ASEAN Paralympic family due to his wide knowledge and unwavering passion and support in pushing for the development of para-sports, particularly in Brunei Darussalam and in the region. 

Our thoughts, prayers and sympathies are with Mr Shaikh Mahmud’s immediate family, friends and our colleagues at NPC Brunei Darussalam during this moment of grief. 

 

May you rest in peace, Mr Shaikh Mahmud. 

MAJOR GENERAL OSOTH BHAVILAI

President

ASEAN PARA SPORTS FEDERATION (APSF)

May 15, 2022

TECHNICAL DELEGATES IN SOLO TO CHECK ON VENUES AND COMPETITION READINESS

TECHNICAL DELEGATES IN SOLO TO CHECK ON VENUES AND COMPETITION READINESS

BANGKOK, 15 June – TECHNICAL Delegates (TDs) to the 11th ASEAN Para Games 2022 will be in Solo for a three-day technical inspection on competition venues in four main districts in Solo, Karanganyar, Sukoharjo and Semarang in Central Java, Indonesia.

Following up from last month’s Project Review and the Solo Games Coordination Committee (Co-Comm) meeting, the TDs are part of the ASEAN Para Sports Federation’s (APSF) project review team, headed by Secretary-General Senior Colonel Dr Wandee Tosuwan, who be conducting the 2nd CoComm Meeting from 17-19 June to ensure that all preparation for the Solo 2022 are on track.

A total of 14 TDs from Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong and Korea have been appointed to oversee the technical aspects of the competition to ensure that sports and events held in Solo conform with international standards and requirements.

Apart from the TDS, a total number of 134 International Technical Officials (ITOs) will be on the ground officiating all 14 sports, with 110 coming from ASEAN and 24 from Asia and Oceania.

“Apart from the readiness of venues, the APSF project review team will conduct meetings with the Local Organising Committee (INASPOC) and the National Paralympic Committee (NPC) of Indonesia to confirm key decisions on several organisational aspects such as technical, venues and other key areas under Games support such as transportation, arrival and departures, the Chef de Mission seminar, ceremonies and protocols, logistics, promotion and branding as well as media management, IT management, broadcast, Anti-doping and Classification,” said Dr Wandee here today.

The Solo 2022 Games, slated from 30 July to August 6 is set to feature more than 1,600 athletes from all 11 Southeast Asian nations including Timor Leste. The Games was awarded to Indonesia following Hanoi’s withdrawal as host last year due to the rising cases of Covid-19 in Vietnam then.

Solo is hosting Para Athletics at Stadion Manahan, Powerlifting (Paragon Hotel), Para-Badminton (Euditorium UMS), Boccia (Gor Fkor UNS Solo), CP Football (Stadion UNS Solo), Blind Judo (Tirtonardi Convention Hall), Wheelchair Tennis (Tennis Court Manahan), Goalball (Gor UNS Ketingan) and Para Archery (Lapangan Kota Barat Solo).

The district of Karanganyar will be home to Wheelchair Basketball (GOR RM Said), Para Table Tennis (De Tjolomadoe) and Sitting Volleyball (Gor UTP) while Para Swimming, which was originally scheduled at Intan Pari Swimming Complex, has now been moved to Jatidiri Swimming Complex in Semarang. Lorin Dwangsa in Sukoharjo will host Para Chess.

Since the successful staging of the 9th ASEAN Para Games 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, two editions of the ASEAN Para Games – Manila 2019 and Hanoi 2021 – were cancelled following withdrawal by the respective hosts due to the rising cases of Covid-19 in both countries then.

Indonesia’s offer to replace Vietnam as host of the 11th Games was approved by the APSF Board of Governors (BoG), the federation’s highest decision-making body in mid-February.

May 7, 2022

APSF to conduct project review

APSF TO CONDUCT PROJECT REVIEW TO ENSURE SOLO’S READINESS

The ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) will conduct a project review this weekend to gauge Solo’s readiness as host city of the upcoming 11th ASEAN Para Games 2022, scheduled in the Central Java’s city from July 30 to August 6.

The two-day exercise commences on Saturday (7 to 10 May) with visits to the approved sports and competition venues in Solo and its vicinity.
Prior to this, APSF had approved the selection of Solo as host city of the 11th edition of the biennial Games, replacing Hanoi which withdrew from the hosting job last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between APSF and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) is also expected to take place during the project review.
An eight-member delegation, led by APSF President Maj. Gen. Osoth Bhavilai and Ssecretary-General Senior Colonel Dr Wandee Tosuwan, will conduct the project review which is expected to cover crucial aspects of the Games including the readiness of venues, sports and technical, transportation, accommodation, classification, anti-doping as well information technology, media and broadcast, marketing, protocol and events, legal as well as Covid-19 travelling and safety protocols.
Other members in the delegation include APSF Sports Director Stefanie Ang, Legal Chairman Dato Abdul Hakem Arabi, Marketing and Sponsorship Director Lim Chuan Beng, Media and Communications Director Naser Wahab, NPC Relations Director Rezza Brammadita and Accreditation Director Aryo Meodanton.


A flag handing ceremony by APSF to the host city, marking the official handover of the APSF flag from the previous host city to the current host, is scheduled on Monday with several key government officials, host city and NPC Indonesia representatives expected to be in attendance.


Following the signing of the MoU, a coordination meeting between APSF and the LOC will be held with various crucial areas to be covered. It will be the first physical meeting between the APSF and the LOC since the city was officially awarded the hosting job last year.


“We look forward to the project review as well as meeting our counterparts at LOC in-person to help expedite the Games’ preparation, especially in areas which require urgent attention such as venue preparation, accommodation, travelling, health safety and transportation.
More importantly, issues related to travelling protocols and safety measures at a time when Covid-19 is still a big threat need to be thoroughly discussed,” said senior Colonel Wandee.


After a lapse of four years following the cancellation of Manila 2020 and Hanoi 2021, athletes and contingents are looking forward to the staging of the Solo Games with more than 1,500 athletes from all 11 ASEAN nations – Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Timor Leste – expected to gather in the host city.


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.

April 16, 2022

VIETNAM STICKS TO 11 SPORTS, CITES ECONOMIC CHALLENGES AS MAIN REASON

VIETNAM STICKS TO 11 SPORTS, CITES ECONOMIC CHALLENGES AS MAIN REASON

BANGKOK, 16 April 2021 – THE Vietnam ASEAN Para Games Organising Committee (VIEAPGOC) has informed the ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) on the government’s decision with regards to the final number of sports to be contested in Vietnam at this year’s 11th ASEAN Para Games in Hanoi in December.

Citing economic reasons and difficulties in preparing venues and facilities due to the Covid-19 pandemic, VIEAPGOC has officially informed the APSF that the Vietnam government and related authorities would not be able to meet the proposal to include the additional four sports proposed for the biennial Games. 

The APSF Board of Governors (BoG), in its meeting on February 25 involving all 10 member-countries, put forward a proposal for VIEAOPGOC to include an additional of four sports – Wheelchair Basketball, CP Football, Cycling and Sitting Volleyball – to the existing 11 sports already endorsed by the BoG. 

The sports already endorsed by the Board include Athletics, Archery, Badminton, Boccia, Chess, Goalball, Judo, Powerlifting, Swimming, Table Tennis and Wheelchair Tennis.

The BOG is APSF’s highest decision-making authority with members comprising presidents or their alternates of all National Paralympic Committees (NPCs). President of the hosting nation (currently Vietnam) is automatically the chairman of the Board. Cambodia will be hosting the next Games in Phnom Penh in 2023. 

The APSF BoG, in its meeting in February chaired by NPC Vietnam president Huynh Vinh Ai, had endorsed the 11 sports but member-nations, who last competed in the Games in 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, had proposed that Wheelchair Basketball, CP Football, Cycling and Sitting Volley be included as well. 

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

The proposal was made by member-countries based on the final findings of the Expression of Interest (EOI) stated that the four sports surpassed the criteria for selection with more than four nations supported its inclusion. 

APSF President Major General Osoth Bhavilai said the Vietnam Paralympic Association (VPA), in an official letter to the APSF, confirmed that the decision to stick to the 11 sports due to the tough economic conditions and other related difficulties caused by the current pandemic. 

The letter, signed by NPC Vietnam President Huynh Vinh Ai stated that there is insufficient time for economic recovery and to carry out efforts to improve on venues and facilities for the additional sports.

NPC Vietnam and VIEAPGOC, said Bhavilai, seek the understanding of APSF and member countries and to rally and work together to ensure the successful staging of the 11th Games in these difficult times. 

“NPC Vietnam presented the outcome of the BoG meeting and our proposal to the Vietnam Government, Head of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and the Vietnam Sports Administration,” said Maj. Gen. Bhavilai. 

The chairman of Vietnam Sports Administration Mr Tran Due Phan, who is also vice-chairman of the Local Organising Committee for both the SEA Games and ASEAN Para Games 2021, confirmed that Vietnam will only be hosting 11 sports for the Games due to economic reasons. 

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

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