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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. 

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.

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.

June 30, 2022

Let’s strive forward, continue to be diligent to help increase awareness and equality for our athletes and PWDs

Let’s strive forward, continue to be diligent to help increase awareness and equality for our athletes and PWDs

We are now exactly 29 days away from the Games’. I believe that everyone can’t wait to get into the thick of action, after missing out on the last two Games.

SPEECH by
MAJ GEN OSOTH BHAVILAI
President, Asean Para Sports Federation (APSF) 
3rd  APSF-INASPOC  COORDINATION COMMITTEE MEETING 
Swiss-belHotel, Solo 30 June 2022
 
MR GIBRAN RAKABUMING, Mayor of Solo
Chefs De mission, contingent leaders
Technical Delegates, Classifiers
Members from INASPOC
Members of the APSF Scretariat, 
Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen
 
Good morning and warm regards;
 
1.          Thank you for attending this morning’s Chefs de Mission Seminar. Allow me to welcome to all Chefs de Mission, leaders of contingents from ASEAN member-nations to this important occasion. 
 
 
2.          We are now exactly 29 days away from the Games’. I believe that everyone can’t wait to get into the thick of action, after missing out on the last two Games.
 
Ladies and Gentlemen, 
 
3.          Solo has taken great pain and effort in preparing the 11th Asean Para Games 2022. I’m truly delighted with all on-going preparation and Solo’s commitment. I assure you that Solo is doing everything it can to ensure that this will be a memorable Games. To this, once again, my thanks to Solo Mayor Mr. Gibran, INASPOC and everyone involved in preparation works. 
 
4.          To all delegates, please take time gathering all the information you require. We are now still facing great challenges due the existing pandemic.  But I believe, Solo Games will open up new horizons for everyone. The Games provides opportunities for athletes, officials and unearth new generation of sport leaders, sports in their respective countries. 
 
5.          Once again, on behalf of APSF Board of Governors and Executive Committee,  I would like to extend my congratulation to Indonesia,. Solo and INASPOC. Let’s strive forward in enhancing our Paralympic brand…continue to be diligent to help boost more awareness and equality for PWDs. 
 
6.          I wish everyone all the best…have a great day ahead, have a productive meeting ahead. Matur nuwun and Thank You. 

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

ends

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

ends

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.

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