SINGAPORE, Aug 31  – Singapore, host of next year’s ASEAN Para Games, is all geared up as it prepares intensively towards the staging of the biggest South East Asian Para Games ever, featuring the highest number of sports in the Games’ history since its inaugural edition in 2001.

Still 16 months away, the Singapore Games, organised by the Singapore Asean Para Games Organising Committee (SAPGOC) will feature a total of 15 sports, three more than the last Games in Myanmar.  Thailand had 14 sports featured in the 4th edition  in 2007.

The 8th Singapore Asean Para Games 2015 will take place from 3 to 9 December next year.

The Governing Board of the Asean Para Sports Federation (APSF), in a meeting convened in conjunction with the Games 1st Coordination Commission Meeting (CoComm) at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel here, approved the 15 sports proposed by SAPGOC.

APSF, the Games owner, and SAPGOC officially signed the Games Host Contract here, with President Dato Zainal Abu Zarin signing for APSF while Sports Singapore CEO Lim Teck Yin was represented SAPGOC.

Following the completion of the Expression of Interest (EOI) exercise, the APSF agreed that the following sports be listed: Archery,  Athletics, Badminton, Boccia, Chess, Five-a-side football, Seven-a-side football, Powerlifting, Sailing, Shooting, Swimming, Table tennis, Goalball, Tenpin bowling and Wheelchair Basketball. Here is the IPL Schedule PDF.

Badminton, Tenpin Bowling, Sailing and Shooting were the new inclusions while Sitting Volleyball which featured in the last Games in Myanmar, will be missing from the 2015 roster.

Dato Zainal praised Sports Singapore and NPC Singapore for being pro-active in initiating early preparation including preliminary meetings and deliberations leading up to the Coordination Commission Meeting (CoComm).

“As Games owner, APSF continuously looks towards collaborating closely with the host country, the government and relevant parties and stakeholders, in ensuring that each edition of the Games is held successfully. I’m extremely delighted to see the commitment and pro-active efforts taken by the Government, Sports Singapore and NPC Singapore towards making the 2015 Games the best ever,” said Zainal, adding that the Asean Para Games has improved by leaps and bounds since its inaugural Games in Kuala Lumpur in 2001.

Hanoi staged the second edition in 2003, followed by Manila (2005), Thailand (2007), Kuala Lumpur (2009), Solo Indonesia (2011) and Naypidaw, Myanmar in 2014.

The iconic Marina Bay Sands, with some 1,500 rooms with accessible facilities already booked, will be the Official Games Village, and is all set to house more than 3,000 athletes and officials during the 7-day Games.

The APSF delegation also conducted inspection on venues including the main venue at the Kallang areas and the Singapore Sports Hub, the newly built sports complex which boasts of having state-of-the-art sporting facilities which include the main athletics and football stadium, indoor stadiums and an Olympic-sized swimming pool. A series of test and invitational events will be held from March next

SPORTS APPROVED FOR 8tH ASEAN PARA GAMES: Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Boccia, Chess, Football 7-a-side, Football 5-a-side, Goalball, Powerlifting, Sailing, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tenpin Bowling, Wheelchair Basketball.

Martin Zavior

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