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11 TH ASEAN PARA GAMES

The Milestones of ASEAN Para Games

In May 2000, delegates from the countries in Southeast Asia attending the Malaysian Paralympiad in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia had a meeting and agreed to establish a disabled sports organisation. The ASEAN Para Games were conceptualised by Zainal Abu Zarin, the founding president of the Malaysian Paralympic Council. The proposed rationale was that a regional sports event will be held after the Southeast Asian Games and help promote friendship and solidarity among persons with disabilities in the ASEAN region and rehabilitate and integrate persons with disability into mainstream society. 10 countries consisting of Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam were the founding members. These countries agreed to hold the Games biennially on 28 April 2001 and ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) was formed on 23 October 2001 with Pisal Wattanawongkiri, president of the Paralympic Committee of Thailand who proposed the games’ name, being elected as its first president.

Description

The 2001 ASEAN Para Games, officially known as the 1st ASEAN Para Games, was a Southeast Asian disabled multi-sport event held a month after the 2001 Southeast Asian Games. It was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 26 to 29 October 2001. This ASEAN Para Games was the first edition held in history for Southeast Asia countries and also the first edition hosted by Malaysia. Around 600 athletes participated in the event which featured 341 events in 2 sports. It was opened by the Acting Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium. The final medal tally was led by host nations Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar.

Maskot

The mascot of the 2001 ASEAN Para Games is a mousedeer named, “Ujang”. The mousedeer is a native animal in Malaysia locally known as pelanduk or kancil which is shy, but very agile and quick thinking. It is a favourite character in local folktales commonly known as “Sang Kancil”, noted for its intelligence, wit, cunning feints and quick reaction to escape from all kinds of danger, especially from its enemies. The adoption of the mousedeer as the game’s mascot is to represent the courage of the Paralympic athletes in overcoming challenges and the odds. The name of the mascot, Ujang is a common nickname for local Malay youths.

The Sports

  • Para-Athletics
  • Para-Swimming

Participant Countries

  • Brunei
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Thailand
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar
  • Singapore
  • Vietnam

The Medals

Description

The 2003 ASEAN Para Games, officially known as the 2nd ASEAN Para Games, was a Southeast Asian disabled multi-sport event held eight days after the 2003 Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam from 21 to 27 December 2003. This was the first time Vietnam hosted the ASEAN Para Games and the first time East Timor participated in the ASEAN Para Games.

Vietnam is the second country to host the ASEAN Para Games after Malaysia. Around 740 athletes from 11 participating nations participated in the games, which featured 287 events in 5 sports. The games were opened by Pham Gia Khiem, the Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam at the My Dinh National Stadium. The final medal tally was led by Thailand, followed by host Vietnam and Malaysia.

Mascot

 

The mascot of the 2003 ASEAN Para Games is “The Golden Goat” was designed by Nguyen The Nguyen. It was selected by the Organising Committee because the year 2003, the year in which Vietnam hosted the second ASEAN Para Games is a goat year in most lunar calendars, especially in Vietnamese and Chinese calendars. The goat is widely described in many arts and literary works of Vietnam as a very intimate, friendly and useful animal to the people in daily life. The Golden Goat symbolises happiness, victory and courage when facing challenges. The mascot’s design of wearing the sports costume holds its left hand on its waist and raises the right hand upwards with two fingers stretching out in a “V” shape representing the strong belief in fair play among athletes to reach the highest achievements at the games.

The Sports

  • Para-Athletics
  • Para-Swimming
  • Para-Badminton
  • Para-Table Tennis
  • Para-Powerlifting

Participant Countries

  • Brunei
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Thailand
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar
  • Singapore
  • Timor Leste
  • Vietnam

The Medals

Description

The 2005 ASEAN Para Games, officially known as the 3rd ASEAN Para Games, was a Southeast Asian disabled multi-sport event held in Manila, the Philippines from 14 to 20 December 2005, nine days after the 2005 Southeast Asian Games. This was the first time the Philippines hosted the ASEAN Para Games.

The Philippines is the third country to host the ASEAN Para Games after Malaysia and Vietnam. Around 1000 athletes from 11 participating nations participated in the games which featured 394 events in 10 sports. The game was opened by Lito Atienza, the Mayor of Manila at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

The final medal tally was led by Thailand, followed by Vietnam and Malaysia with the host Philippines in sixth place. Several Games and National records were broken during the games. The games were deemed generally successful, with the rising standards of disabled sports competition amongst the Southeast Asian nations.

Mascot

The mascot of the 2005 ASEAN Para Games is a whale shark named Buboy Butanding. The whale shark is said to be the largest fish in the world, which can be seen in the waters off the eastern coast of the province of Sorsogon.

The Sports

  • Blind Judo
  • Para-Athletics
  • Para-Swimming
  • Wheelchair Tennis
  • Para-Powerlifting
  • Wheelchair Basketball
  • Para-Badminton
  • Para-Table Tennis
  • Para-Chess
  • Goalball

Participant Countries

  • Brunei
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Thailand
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar
  • Singapore
  • Timor Leste
  • Vietnam

The Medals

Fun facts

  • In the third ASEAN Para Games in the Philippines, there are several record-breaking sports.
  • As the host, the Philippines has succeeded in raising the standards of sports competitions for persons with disabilities at the Southeast Asian level.
  • There were 8 paralympic sports from the total sports that were competed.

Description

The 2008 ASEAN Para Games, officially known as the 4th ASEAN Para Games, was a Southeast Asian disabled multi-sport event held in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand from 20 to 26 January 2008, one month after the 2007 Southeast Asian Games. This was the first time Thailand hosted the ASEAN Para Games.

Around 1000 athletes from 11 participating nations participated in the games which featured 488 events in 14 sports. Thailand is the fourth nation to host the games after Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines. The games were opened by Surayud Chulanont, the Prime Minister of Thailand at the 80th Birthday Stadium.

The final medal tally was led by host Thailand, followed by Malaysia and Vietnam. Several Games and national records were broken during the games. The games were deemed generally successful with the rising standard of disabled sports competition amongst the Southeast Asian Nations.

Maskot

The mascot of the 2008 ASEAN Para Games, is a dove named Nok-Khao Karom which is recognised as a symbol of Nakhon Ratchasima Province. Nok-Khao Karom is a local animal name of Nakhon Ratchasima for dove. Karom is described as wise, cheerful, gentle, and friendly, reflecting the characteristics of Thai people. The name of the dove is also the abbreviation of the game’s values namely Kind, Appreciation, Reliable, Optimistic, and Manners.

The Sports

  • Blind Judo
  • Para-Athletics
  • Para-Swimming
  • Wheelchair Tennis
  • Para-Powerlifting
  • Wheelchair Basketball
  • Para-Badminton
  • Para-Table Tennis
  • Para-Chess
  • Goalball
  • Boccia
  • Wheelchair Fencing
  • Shooting
  • Para-Archery

Participant Countries

  • Brunei
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Thailand
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar
  • Singapore
  • Timor Leste
  • Vietnam

 

The Medals

Fun facts

Several sports managed to break the record of the previous ASEAN Para Games.

Description

The 2009 ASEAN Para Games, officially known as the 5th ASEAN Para Games, was a Southeast Asian disabled multi-sport event held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 15 to 19 August 2009. This was the second time Malaysia hosted the ASEAN Para Games and its first time since 2001.

Around 980 athletes participated in the games, which featured 409 events in 11 sports. The games were opened by Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, the Former Prime Minister of Malaysia at the Putra Indoor Stadium.

The final medal tally was led by Thailand, followed by host Malaysia and Vietnam. Several Games and National records were broken during the games. The games were deemed generally successful with the effective cost spent to host the games and arrangement of public transport, commitment to environmental conservation and the rising standard of disabled sports competition amongst the Southeast Asian nations.

Maskot

The mascot of the 2009 ASEAN Para Games is a mousedeer named, “Ujang”. The mousedeer is a native animal in Malaysia locally known as pelanduk or kancil which is shy, but very agile and quick thinking. It is a favourite character in local folktales commonly known as “Sang Kancil”, noted for its intelligence, wit, cunning feints and quick reaction to escape from all kinds of danger, especially from its enemies. The adoption of the mousedeer as the game’s mascot is to represent the courage of the Paralympic athletes in overcoming challenges and the odds. The name of the mascot, Ujang is a common nickname for local Malay youths

The Sports

  • Para-Athletics
  • Para-Swimming
  • Wheelchair Tennis
  • Para-Powerlifting
  • Wheelchair Basketball
  • Para-Badminton
  • Para-Table Tennis
  • Para-Chess
  • Para-Bowling
  • Sitting Volleyball
  • Para-Sailing

Participant Countries

  • Brunei
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Thailand
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar
  • Singapore
  • Vietnam

 

The Medals

Fun facts

The fifth ASEAN Para Games was supposed to be held in Laos. However, Laos does not yet have sufficient experience in providing disability-friendly places, so Malaysia became the host again.

Description

The 2011 ASEAN Para Games, officially known as the 6th ASEAN Para Games, was a Southeast Asian disabled multi-sport event held in Surakarta, Central Java three weeks after the 2011 Southeast Asian Games from 15 to 20 December 2011.

Around 870 athletes from 11 participating nations participated in the games which featured 380 events in 11 sports. This was the first time Indonesia hosted the ASEAN Para Games. The games were opened by Vice President Boediono of Indonesia at the Manahan Stadium. The final medal tally was led by Thailand, followed by host Indonesia and Malaysia. Several Games and National records were broken during the games. The games were deemed generally successful with the rising standard of disabled sports competition amongst the Southeast Asian nations.

Maskot

The mascot of the 2011 ASEAN Para Games is a pair of Komodo dragons named Modo and Modi. Komodo dragons are found in the Komodo National Park and the adoption of Komodo dragons as the games’ mascot was due to it being an animal endemic to Indonesia and to promote the Komodo National Park as a candidate for the New 7 Wonders of Nature online contest.

The word “Modo,” is short for Komodo, while the mascot’s name “Modo and Modi” is similar to the Indonesian word Muda-Mudi means “youth” and refers to the youths of Indonesia. The name of the mascot was chosen to represent the hardworking, honest, fair, friendly and sportsmanship values of the youths of Indonesia and to reflect the positive personality of Indonesians, harmony, cooperation, and friendship among participating countries in the ASEAN Para Games.

The Sports

  • Brunei
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Thailand
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar
  • Singapore
  • Vietnam
  • Timor Leste

Participant Countries

  • Brunei
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Thailand
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar
  • Singapore
  • Vietnam

 

The Medals

Description

The 2014 ASEAN Para Games, officially known as the 7th ASEAN Para Games, was a Southeast Asian disabled multi-sport event held in Naypyidaw, Myanmar three weeks after the closing of the 2013 Southeast Asian Games from 14 to 20 January 2014. This was the first time Myanmar hosted the ASEAN Para Games.

Myanmar is the sixth country to host the ASEAN Para Games after Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia. Around 1482 athletes participated in the games which featured 359 events in 12 sports. It was opened by the Vice President of Myanmar, Sai Mauk Kham at the Wunna Theikdi Stadium.

The final medal tally was led by Indonesia, followed by Thailand and Malaysia with host Myanmar in fifth place. Several Games and National records were broken during the games. The games were deemed generally successful with the rising standard of disabled sports competition amongst the Southeast Asian nations.

Maskot

The Official mascot of the 2014 ASEAN Para Games is an owl named Ko Zee Gwet, meaning brother owl in Burmese. It is said in Myanmar which is described as a country with civilisation, replicas of Owl are kept by people as lucky charms in their living rooms, workplaces and shops. The adoption of the owl is meant to represent good luck and hope for the games’ successful hosting.

The Sports

  • Para-Archery
  • Para-Athletics
  • Para-Swimming
  • Para-Powerlifting
  • Para-Table Tennis
  • Para-Chess
  • Sitting Volleyball
  • Boccia
  • Goalball
  • Football 5-A-Side
  • Football 7-A-Side
  • Wheelchair Basketball

Participant Countries

  • Brunei
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Thailand
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar
  • Singapore
  • Vietnam
  • Timor Leste

 

The Medals

Description

The 2015 ASEAN Para Games, officially known as the 8th ASEAN Para Games, was a Southeast Asian disabled multi-sport event hosted by the city-state of Singapore. Unlike the previous editions, the games were held six months after the closing of the 2015 Southeast Asian Games from 3 to 9 December 2015. This was Singapore’s first time as host of the ASEAN Para Games.

Around 1811 athletes participated in the Games, which featured 336 events in 15 sports. Singapore is the seventh nation to host the event after Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and Myanmar. It was opened by Tony Tan Keng Yam, the President of Singapore at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

The final medal tally was led by Thailand, followed by Indonesia and Malaysia with host Singapore in fifth place.

Maskot

The Sports

  • Para-Archery
  • Para-Athletics
  • Para-Swimming
  • Para-Powerlifting
  • Para-Table Tennis
  • Para-Badminton
  • Para-Shooting
  • Para-Bowling
  • Para-Sailing
  • Para-Chess
  • Goalball
  • Boccia
  • Football 5-A-Side
  • Football 7-A-Side
  • Wheelchair Basketball

Participant Countries

  • Brunei
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Thailand
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar
  • Singapore
  • Vietnam

 

The Medals

Description

The 2017 ASEAN Para Games officially known as the 9th ASEAN Para Games, was a Southeast Asian disabled multi-sport event held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 17 days after the 2017 Southeast Asian Games from 17 to 23 September 2017. This was the third time Malaysia hosted the ASEAN Para Games and its first time since 2009. Previously, Malaysia also hosted the inaugural games in 2001.

Around 1452 athletes participated in the event, which featured 369 events in 16 sports. It was opened by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium.

Maskot

The Sports

  • Para-Archery
  • Para-Athletics
  • Para-Swimming
  • Para-Powerlifting
  • Para-Table Tennis
  • Para-Badminton
  • Para-Cycling
  • Para-Bowling
  • Para-Chess
  • Boccia
  • Goalball
  • Football 5-A-Side
  • Football 7-A-Side
  • Sitting Volleyball

Participant Countries

  • Brunei
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Thailand
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar
  • Singapore
  • Vietnam
  • Timor Leste

 

The Medal

Fun facts

Malaysia live-streamed via YouTube for the opening and closing ceremonies as well as 5 sports consisting of Para-Swimming, Para-Cycling, Para-Powerlifting, Para-Athletic and Wheelchair Basketball.