ASEAN Para Games

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ASEAN Para Games
ASEAN Para Games Logo
First event Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 25–30 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 for Southeast Asian athletes with physical disabilities. The games are participated by eleven Southeast Asian nations - Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, East Timor and Vietnam. The games, patterned after the Paralympic Games, are played by physically challenged athletes with spastic and cerebral palsy, mobility disabilities, visual disabilities, and the amputated.

The ASEAN Para Games is under the regulation of the ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) and is traditionally hosted by the same country and sport venues where the Southeast Asian Games took place. Although it has been a norm for the Southeast Asian Games host nation to host the games, lack of accessible facilities or inexperience in catering to the needs for disabled sport triggered hosting city substitutions like Surakarta rather than Jakarta in the 2011 ASEAN Para Games, or a change of country such as Malaysia rather than Laos for the 2009 ASEAN Para Games.

The APG serves as a regional-level multi sport event to prepare physically challenged ASEAN athletes to compete in the Paralympic Games.[1] Aside from promoting friendship and solidarity among persons with disabilities in the ASEAN region through sports, the Games also hopes to promote and develop sports for the differently-able, apart from to rehabilitating and integrating persons with disability into mainstream society through sports.[2][3]


Dato' Zainal Abidin Abu Zarin, the founding President of the Malaysian Paralympic Council, realised that there were no disabled games in ASEAN back in the 1990s. He met with officials from other National Paralympic Committees from ASEAN countries and proposed his idea on the establishment of the ASEAN Para Games, which would be held back to back with SEA Games. In May 2000, the ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) was formed during the 10th Malaysian Para Games to govern the games. Being the founder of the ASEAN Para Games, Zainal was asked by Paralympic councils of other ASEAN countries to lead the ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) which governs the ASEAN Para Games. In 2001, he was elected as the 1st President of APSF and Malaysia took the lead by organising the 1st ASEAN Para Games in Kuala Lumpur. The games, the parallel sports event for the disabled after every Southeast Asian Games, was patterned after the Paralympic Games and Asian Para Games, which replaces the defunct Far East and South Pacific Games for the Disabled (FESPIC). The governing sports federation was established to support persons with disabilities at an ASEAN level. Both the games and the federation aim to promote friendship and solidarity among persons with disabilities in the ASEAN region through sports, promote and develop sports for the differently abled and rehabilitate and integrate persons with disability into mainstream society through sports.[4]

ASEAN Para Games Unofficial Symbol (2003 - 2005)

The logo of the ASEAN Para Games is the logo of the ASEAN Para Sports Federation which depicts the ASEAN logo positioned in the center with the symbol and image of the 1994 to 2004 three pa Paralympic logo on top and a victory laurel surrounding the ASEAN logo and is used on all ASEAN Para Games edition logos begins 2008 onwards as the current symbol of the games. Previously, an unofficial symbol which depicts the 11 rings forming a red circle and resembled the red colour version of the Southeast Asian Games Federation logo was used on the logos of the 2003 ASEAN Para Games and 2005 ASEAN Para Games. Furthermore, another unofficial symbol, the 1994 to 2004 three pa International Paralympic Committee logo was used on the logo of the 2001 ASEAN Para Games.[5]

List of participating countries

Eleven Southeast Asian countries have participated in the Para Games since the 2003 ASEAN Para Games which formally introduced Timor-Leste as a participating country.

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 last 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 25–30 October 2 341 10 548  Malaysia (MAS)
II 2003  Vietnam Hanoi1 Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem 21–27 December 5 287 11  Thailand (THA)
III 2005  Philippines Manila Mayor Lito Atienza 14–20 December 10 394 11  Thailand (THA)
IV 2008  Thailand Nakhon Ratchasima Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont 20–26 January 14 488 11  Thailand (THA)
V 2009  Malaysia Kuala Lumpur2 Former Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi 15–19 August 11 409 10 980  Thailand (THA)
VI 2011  Indonesia Surakarta Vice President Boediono 15–20 December 11 380 11 870  Thailand (THA)
VII 2014  Myanmar Naypyidaw President Thein Sein 14–20 January 12 359 10 1482  Indonesia (INA)
VIII 2015  Singapore Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam 3–9 December 15 336 10 1181  Thailand (THA)
IX 2017  Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Prime Minister Najib Razak 17–23 September 16 369 11 1452  Indonesia (INA)
X 2019  Philippines Manila Future event
XI 2021  Vietnam Hanoi Future event
XII 2023  Cambodia Phnom Penh Future event
XIII 2025  Thailand TBA Future event
  • 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. ^ "6th ASEAN PARA GAMES, Solo". Archived from the original on 26 September 2011. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR SOLO GAMES". Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "ASEAN Para Sports Federation". 
  4. ^ "Background". 
  5. ^ 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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