APSF TO INITIATE ASEAN YOUTH PARA GAMES

NAYPYITAW (Myanmar), 21 Jan Following the successful organisation of the Asean Para Games (APG), plans are now in the pipeline for the Asean Para Sports Federation (APSF) to introduce a competitive multi-sport Games for young para athletes in the region.

The Games, to be called the Asean Youth Para Games, would provide platforms for young Para talents in the 13 to 19 years-old to shine in a international competitive sporting environment.

APSF President Dato Zainal Abu Zarin said with the Asean Para Games is now going into its eighth edition next year, the time is right for young para talents to be given a proper avenue to compete at the highest level.

Since its inception in 2001 in Kuala Lumpur, the Asean Para Games has certainly help push forward the Paralympic agenda in this region to higher levels, and unearth many talents who has now done well internationally, said Zainal.

Dato Zainal was speaking during a joint press conference with joint secretary of the Naypyidaw Asean Para Games Organising Committee Maj Gen Nay Lin at Zabuthiri Hotel here.

We are embarking new approach as the next five years would see the organisation of various major events namely the Asian Para Games in Incheon from 18 to 24th Oct 2014, 8th Asean Para Games in Dec 2015, Â Rio Paralympic Games in 2016, the 2017 Asean Para Games in Kuala Lumpur and the 2019 Asean Para Games in Brunei, said Dato Zainal.

Dato Zainal also praised the organisation of the Asean Para Games in Myanmar which concluded yesterday, saying that it was well organised and has left legacies and positive impact on the development of Para sports and movement in the country.

We are truly satisfied with the organisation of the Games, with all the impressive facilities as well as the recognition rendered by the Government,said Dato Zainal.

Gen Nay Lin, meanwhile said the successful organisation of the Games will help NPC Myanmar fulfill its agenda on equality in sports and life in the country. “We’ve taken great efforts in ensuring that this Games would receive due recognition from the Government as it would help us to further develop para sports in the country to higher levels, said Maj Gen Nay Lin, who is also president of NPC Myanmar.

Also present was Associate Prof Mohan Menon, president of NPC Singapore who will host the 8th Asean Para Games in Singapore in December 2015. The most special thing is that if the users want to watch the live action online, they can enjoy on Crictime IPL Live Streaming.

Later at the Wunna Theikdi Main Stadium, Myanmar handed over the APSF flag to Singapore as host of the next Games, in a ceremony filled with colours, traditional performances as well as special performances by Singapore.

Indonesia took the overall crown in the Myanmar Games, clinching a total of 99 gold medals, 69 silvers and 49 bronze.

More than 1,200 athletes took part in the week-long Games which saw 12 sports contested, namely archery, athletic, boccia, and chess, Football 5-a-side, Football 7-a-side, goalball, powerlifting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Volleyball-Sitting and Wheelchair Basketball.

Martin Zavior

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