ASEAN Para Games

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ASEAN Para Games
ASEAN Para Games Logo
First event Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 26–29 October 2001
Occur every 2 years
Last event Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 17–23 September 2017
Purpose Multi sport event for disabled people of the nations on the Southeast Asian sub-continent
Headquarters Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
President Osoth Bhavilai
Website[dead link]

The ASEAN Para Games is a biannual multi-sport event held after every Southeast Asian Games involving diabled athletes from the current 11 Southeast Asia countries. Participating athletes have a variety of disabilities ranging from spastic, cerebral palsy, mobility disabilities, visual disabilities, amputated to intellectual disabilities. The ASEAN Para Games is under the regulation of the ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) with supervision by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Asian Paralympic Committee and is traditionally hosted by the country where the Southeast Asian Games took place.


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 sport organisation. The ASEAN Para Games was conceptualised by Zainal Abu Zarin, the founding president of the Malaysian Paralympic Council.[1][2][3] The proposed rationale was that a regional sports event will be held after the Southeast Asian Games and help [4]promoting friendship and solidarity among persons with disabilities in the ASEAN region and rehabilitating and integrating persons with disability into mainstream society.[5][6]

Ten countries, Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam were the founding members. These countries agreed to hold the Games biennally 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.

The first ASEAN Para Games was held in Kuala Lumpur from 26–29 October 2001 comprising more than 700 athletes and officials from Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam participating in 2 sports.

At the 2nd ASEAN Para Games in Vietnam, East Timor was admitted into the federation as a provisional member.[7]

ASEAN Para Games Unofficial Symbol (2003 - 2005)

The logo of the ASEAN Para Games depicting the ASEAN logo positioned in the center with the symbol of the 1994 to 2004 three pa Paralympic logo on top and a victory laurel surrounding the ASEAN logo. It is used on all ASEAN Para Games edition logos begins 2008 onwards. Previously, an unofficial symbol resembled the red colour version of the Southeast Asian Games Federation logo depicting the 11 red rings forming a circle was used on the logos of the 2003 ASEAN Para Games and 2005 ASEAN Para Games. Furthermore, the 1994 to 2004 three pa International Paralympic Committee logo was used on the logo of the 2001 ASEAN Para Games.[8]

Participating countries

NPC Names Formal Names Debuted IPC code Other codes used
 Indonesia Republic of Indonesia
 Cambodia Kingdom of Cambodia
 Brunei Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace
 Laos Lao People's Democratic Republic
 Malaysia Federation of Malaysia
 Myanmar Republic of the Union of Myanmar
 Philippines Republic of the Philippines
 Singapore Republic of Singapore
SIN (1959 – 2016)
 Thailand Kingdom of Thailand
 Timor-Leste Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
 Vietnam Socialist Republic of Vietnam

List of ASEAN Para Games

Eight participating countries have hosted the ASEAN Para Games. Malaysia has hosted two Para Games (2001, 2009), more than any nation, and is set to host its third games in 2017. The 5th ASEAN Para Games in 2009 were to be hosted by Laos, but it begged off from hosting the games due to financial difficulty and inexperience in providing necessary support for athletes with disabilities, therefore the games were brought back in Malaysia for the second time after eight years.

Philippines has hosted one (2005) Para Games, and is set to host its second games in 2019. Vietnam (2003), Thailand (2008), Indonesia (2011), Myanmar (2014) and Singapore (2015) have hosted their first ASEAN Para Games. Brunei, Cambodia, Laos and Timor-Leste have yet to host their first ASEAN Para Games.

Host cities of ASEAN Para Games
Edition Year Host Nation Host City Opened By Date Sports Events Nations Competitors Top Nation Ref.
I 2001  Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Deputy King Mizan Zainal Abidin 26–31 October 2 341 10 548  Malaysia (MAS)
II 2003  Vietnam Hanoi1 Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem 25–29 October 5 287 11  Thailand (THA)
III 2005  Philippines Manila Mayor Lito Atienza 18–23 November 10 394 11  Thailand (THA)
IV 2008  Thailand Nakhon Ratchasima Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont 11–17 November 14 488 11  Thailand (THA)
V 2009  Malaysia Kuala Lumpur2 Former Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi 13–20 November 11 409 10 980  Thailand (THA)
VI 2011  Indonesia Surakarta Vice President Boediono 4–12 November 11 380 11 870  Thailand (THA)
VII 2014  Myanmar Naypyidaw President Thein Sein 27 November–3 December 12 359 10 1482  Indonesia (INA)
VIII 2015  Singapore Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam 2–11 November 15 336 10 1181  Thailand (THA)
IX 2017  Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Prime Minister Najib Razak 14–23 November 16 369 11 1452  Indonesia (INA)
X 2019  Philippines Manila Future event 25-30 November
XI 2021  Vietnam Hanoi Future event 4-10 November
XII 2023  Cambodia Phnom Penh Future event 22-28 November
XIII 2025  Thailand Bangkok Future event 25 October-5 November
XIV 2027  Indonesia Medan "Future event" 27 October-6 November
XV 2029  Myanmar Yangon "Future event" 21 October-2 November
  • 1Timor-Leste was formally included in the Games, increasing its member countries to eleven.
  • 2Originally planned to be held in Laos.

List of sports

Nineteen different sports have been part of the ASEAN Para Games in one point or another. Sixteen of which comprised the schedule of the recent 2017 ASEAN Para Games in Kuala Lumpur. The games saw the return of sailing as a full medal sport once again after its debut at the 2009 ASEAN Games in Kuala Lumpur.

  • Boccia, ten-pin bowling, sailing and wheelchair fencing were demonstrated at the 2005 ASEAN Para Games.

All-time medal table

The table below accounts for the total number of medals awarded to all participating National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) of ASEAN member countries as of the recent 2017 ASEAN Para Games.

Rank NPC Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Thailand (THA) 1158 701 537 2396
2  Malaysia (MAS) 691 599 487 1777
3  Indonesia (INA) 527 418 333 1278
4  Vietnam (VIE) 503 472 456 1431
5  Myanmar (MYA) 181 132 144 457
6  Philippines (PHI) 146 184 212 542
7  Singapore (SGP) 111 94 95 300
8  Brunei (BRU) 37 43 62 142
9  Cambodia (CAM) 7 28 25 60
10  Timor-Leste (TLS) 2 2 8 12
11  Laos (LAO) 0 17 17 34
Total (11 NPCs) 3363 2690 2376 8429

See also


  1. ^ "Background". 
  2. ^ "Governor". 
  3. ^ "About". 
  4. ^ "6th ASEAN PARA GAMES, Solo". Archived from the original on 26 September 2011. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR SOLO GAMES". Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "ASEAN Para Sports Federation". 
  7. ^ "Timor Leste excluded due to IPC suspension". 
  8. ^ List of Games edition

External links

  • ASEAN Para Games Website
  • ASEAN Para Games Website 2
  • ASEAN Para Games Website 3
  • 8th ASEAN PARA GAMES 2015 Singapore
  • 6th ASEAN PARA GAMES 2011 Solo - Jawa Tengah
  • 5th Asean Para Games official launch
  • SEAGames website
  • 4th ASEAN ParaGames website
  • ASEAN Para Sports Federation
  • Malaysia started the ASEAN Para Games 16 years ago. But guess who won every single year? :(
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