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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 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 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 11, 2022

12th ASEAN Para Games Cambodia 2023 Coordination Meeting, Phnom Penh

12th ASEAN Para Games Cambodia 2023 Coordination Meeting, Phnom Penh

SPEECH by MAJ GEN OSOTH BHAVILAI President ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF)  APSF COORDINATION MEETING, 12th ASEAN PARA GAMES  Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel, 11 July 2022

His Excellency Vath Chamroeun
Chief Executive Officer, 
Cambodia ASEAN Para Games Organising Committee (CAMAPGOC)
 
Senior Colonel Dr Wandee Tosuwan,
APSF Secretary General
 
NPC President, Delegates and Representatives,  
 
Good morning and warm regards, 
 
1.           On behalf of the APSF and Asean Paralympic family, I wish to extend my heartfelt thanks to CAMAPGOC for giving us this opportunity to be part of this 12th ASEAN Para Games meeting today.
 
2.           This is indeed exciting times for us in the ASEAN paralympic family as we gear up for two major Games — the 11th ASEAN Para Games in Solo and the 12th ASEAN Para Games in Cambodia in a space of 11 months. 
 
3.           The last 4 years has 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 an exciting action as the Solo Games gets underway in just 19 days. 
 
4.           There were many challenges, obstacles and shortcomings. That I have to admit. But with the close collaboration, high level of commitment and tireless efforts by INASPOC, NPC Indonesia and APSF, we manage to clear all obstacles and is now waiting for the Games to happen. 
 
5.           And as we look forward to the 12th ASEAN Para Games, I wish to thank CAMAPGOC for the great efforts in preparing the 2023 Games in June next. We look forward to working hand in hand with CAMAPGOC in all areas to ensure smooth delivery of the Games which is the first major Para Games to be organized in Cambodia. 
 
6.           Again, I would like to extend my sincerest appreciation to CAMAPGOC, President and representatives from all NPCs who are here today. 
 
7.           I wish everyone all the best…have a productive meeting and a fruitful discussion.
 
 
THANK YOU. 

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