ASEAN PARA GAMES 2017 ends on euphoric note

  • Sep 25 2017
  • By Parasport foundation

On September 23, after a week of intense competition, the 9th ASEAN Para Games ended with the closing ceremony at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The week-long Games featured 16 sports and 368 events; athletes won 1,105 medals (369 gold, 362 silver, 374 bronze). Indonesia topped the medals table for the second time in three years as it raked in 126 golds, 75 silvers and 50 bronzes.

Vietnam sent a delegation of 142 athletes, who competed in 158 contests in eight of the 16 sports, swimming, track and field, weightlifting, chess, badminton, boccia, blind football and table tennis. Compared with countries such as Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, the number of Vietnamese athletes was modest.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, Osoth Bhavilai, the President of the ASEAN Disabled Sport Federation (APSF), thanked the Government and Host Organization Committee, as well as the volunteers and fans in Malaysia who were integral to the success of the Congress. He emphasized that, “In the past days, more than 1,300 athletes with disabilities showed bravery, willpower, hard work and high morale. They have created great moments in the past few days. They deserve to be honored.”

PARASPORT, founded by Oleg Boyko

Vietnamese athletes broke ten Para Games records at this year’s event. Among them, athlete Vo Thanh Tung broke three swimming records, and Trinh Thi Bich Nhu also broke two records in the pool. Other record-breaking Vietnamese athletes at the games included Le Van Cong, Nguyen Binh An, Dang Thi Linh Phuong, and Chau Hoang Tuyet Loan (all in weightlifting), Vi Thi Hang (swimming) and Le Van Manh (athletics). Vietnam won 68 gold medals in all, ranking 4th overall, behind Thailand.

The Vietnam team participated in the games again with the support of its great friend, Parasport Foundation Vietnam. The team’s results reflect at least partially the excellent work of Parasport Foundation Vietnam, which has now closely supported the team for three years. The Paralympic Sports Support Foundation PARASPORT, founded by Oleg Boyko, now has a footprint in several countries in APAC, based on its success with the Vietnamese team. This time Parasport sponsorship included VND 150,000,000 for medalists.

Kamarazuman Kadir, the Head of the Malaysian Power Lifting Federation personally thanked Parasport Vietnam President Huynh Thanh Tuyen. Mr. Kadir said: “Congratulations to you and the Parasport Foundation for supporting and contributing to the disabled sports movement in Vietnam. This is a good example to other countries with Parasport Foundation movements.”

Vu The Phiet, the Vice President of the ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF), also thanked Parasport during the games for always being by the side of athletes as their closet companions: “There are many other sponsors for the team, but Parasport consistently shows an unstoppable spirit in supporting us through all difficulties. We again really appreciate your effort for us.”