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SINGAPORE, 4 Dec – Thailand’s Maj. Gen. Osoth Bhavilai has been elected as new President of the ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) for the 2016-2019 term, after winning the Board’s election held at Marina Bay Sands, here tonight.

Bhavilai, 64, who is also the Thailand National Paralympic Committee (NPC) secretary-general, garnered eight votes in a one-to-one contest against Ng Keng Chuan of Malaysia. Ng, the Vice-President of the Malaysian Paralympic Council (PCM), garnered one vote.

Former President, Dato Zainal Abu Zarin, who has been the Federation’s president for the past three terms, stepped down and did not contest in the Board’s election.

Nine countries cast their votes in the election.

Osoth has been a long time member of the Board since APSF’s inception in 2001, holds a Master Degree of Art. His long involvement in the Paralympic movement includes serving the Thailand contingent as its Chef-de-Mission in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games.

APSF, which acts as governing body for the Paralympic movement in South East Asia, is made up of Asean countries comprising Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Timor Leste is a provisional member of the Federation.

The four Vice-Presidents elected for the 2016-2019 term are Vietnam’s Vu The Piet (Sports Committee) who garnered 4 votes, while Dr Than Than Htay of Myanmar (Medical and Sports Science Committee) picked up 7 votes.

Cambodia’s Yi Veasna (Development Committee) and Dr Kesone Sisongkham of Laos (Media & Marketing Committee) won uncontested.

For the Treasurer’s post, Thailand Nopodol Jiraboondilok was elected after amassing 8 votes as compared to Malaysia’s Dr Ang Kean Koo who picked up only one vote.

Osoth, in his first remarks as President, thanked former President Dato Zainal for taking APSF to greater heights since its inception in 2001. “I hope Dato Zainal, with his wealth of experience will continue to contribute and share his valuable experience with the new Board.



Maj Gen. Osoth Bhavilai (Thailand)

Vice President:

  1. Vu The Piet (Vietnam) – Sports Committee
  2. Than Than Htay (Myanmar) – Medical and Sports Science Committee
  3. Yi Veasna (Cambodia) – Development Committee
  4. Dr Kesone Sisongkham (Laos) – Media & Marketing


Nopodol Jiraboondilok (Thailand)

 (The post of Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary General are by appointment)






Swimming Complex at Sports Hub

APSF President Dato Zainal Abu Zarin (4th from left) and Games management team giving thumbs up to the organisers during his venue visits at Sports Hub.    copy APSF President Dato Zainal Abu Zarin with Singapore athletics team copy

Thumbs up!

Badminton players during a training session at Sports Hub copySingapore Boccia players in training copy


Flag raising Ceremony



The new National Stadium all geared up for the Games


SINGAPORE, 3 Dec – The 8th ASEAN Para Games Singapore 2015 gets underway today with close to 2,500 athletes and officials from 10 Asean nations all geared up to impress and achieve excellence in the next seven days of the Games, here.

It will be a night full of fun, joy and thrill as participants, fans and Singaporeans get ready to “Celebrate the Extraordinary” in tonight’s colourful Opening Ceremony at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, to be officiated by Singapore President Tony Tan.

The Singapore Games, organised jointly by Singapore Asean Para Games Organising Committee (SAPGOC) in collaboration with the Asean Para Sports Federation (APSF), will be the biggest ever in the Games 15-year history, with 15 sports to be contested here. The previous Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, featured 12 sports.

A total of 1,257 athletes from various categories of impairment, will be vying for the 476 medals on offer in Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Boccia, Chess, CP Football, Football 5-a-side, Goalball, Powerlifting, Sailing, Shooting, Swimming, Tenpin Bowling, Table Tennis and Wheelchair Basketball.

Thailand formed the largest contingent featuring a contingent of 267 athletes, followed by Malaysia (209), Indonesia (192), Vietnam (153), Singapore (152), Myanmar 108 athletes, Philippines (68), Laos (40), Brunei (32) and Cambodia with 32 athletes.

Athletics and Swimming, as in previous editions, will be the focus of attention, attracting the highest number of participants with 280 and 196 athletes respectively. Table tennis drew the third biggest number with 133 athletes followed by Tenpin Bowling (81), Powerlifting (76), Football 5 a side (70), Wheelchair Basketball (69), Chess (68), Badminton (68) Goalball (55), Archery (40), Boccia (37), Shooting (36), CP Football (30) and Sailing (18).

In a message on the eve of the opening of the Games, APSF President Dato Zainal Abu Zarin heaped praise on the host, saying that SAPGOC had surpassed expectations in many pertinent areas of the Games.

“There were great hype and excitement, fabulous support from the people and volunteers and the masses, great hospitality and seamless coordination in many areas. This is by far the biggest Games in APG’s 15-year history with improvement in many key areas as compared to the previous Games,” said Zainal.

Singapore Minister For Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu said the ASEAN Para Games is a great opportunity to foster a more inclusive and caring society. “We hope to build upon the 8th Asean Para Games to enable more person with a disability to live better through sport, to improve society’s awareness and understanding on persons with a disability, and foster a more caring society in Singapore. This is the legacy we want to build for the 8th ASEAN Para Games here,” she said.

In the last Games in Myanmar, Indonesia took the overall Games crown, breaking Thailand’s domination after raking in 99 gold medals in all. Thailand settled for the second overall spot with 96 gold followed by Malaysia (50), Vietnam (48), Mynamar (34), Philippines (20), Cambodia (3) and Brunei (2).




Sports Guide for 8th ASEAN Para Games Singapore 2015


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