The Tokyo 2009 Asian
Youth Para Games finished last weekend after three days of
intense athletic performances in Japan’s capital.
Being the largest
Games for youth athletes with a disability in the Asian region,
a total of 466 athletes and 339 staff from 29 different countries
and territories participated in the events. Highlighting the
competitions, new world records were set by Meng Genjimisu
of China in Athletics (Women’s F40 Discus) and Yip Xiu
Pin of Singapore in Swimming (Women’s Backstroke S3
50m). Pin had set the previous World record and won the gold
medal in the event at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.
Pin said that she
hope to continue her Swimming career at the London 2012 Paralympic
Games, and once again set a new World record.
In the Table Tennis
competition, Japan took the gold medal in the Men’s
team event (class 7-8) with athletes Masachika Inoue and Takumi
Shukunobe, against Wan Chung Law from Hong Kong, China, and
Hossein Golmirzaei from Iran. In the Women’s team event
(class 3-5), Iran took the gold medal with athletes Maryam
Gilanilarimi, Marzieh Akhavan Hariri and Maryam Alizadehmehdimahaleh.
In the Goalball
team competition, Iran took the gold medal, while Thailand
took the silver and both Japan and Korea took the bronze.
of Asian Paralympic Committee, Dato' Zainal Abu Zarin
said that "It was an exceptional event from 11th
to 13th September 2009 with exceptional people full of amusing
and touching human and sporting stories. He added that the
event had sporting excellence and competition combined with
competitive harmony, good humour, innovation and inspiration.
He also added that APC had created a platform for these youth
athletes to take part in international events and APC will
continue in its pursuit to achieve sporting excellence and
to developing sport opportunities for all persons with a disability
from the beginner to elite level. In addition, the APC aims
to promote the Paralympic values, which include courage, determination,
inspiration and equality"
Committee (IPC) President Sir Philip Craven was also in Japan
attending the event. The Tokyo 2009 Asian Youth Para Games
took place from 11-13 September, with a total of six different
Paralympic sports played including Athletics, Boccia, Goalball,
Swimming, Table Tennis and Wheelchair Tennis. Each sport had
a competition everyday during the event.
The Opening Ceremony
was officially graced by Imperial Highness the Crown Prince
Organized by the
Asian Paralympic Committee (APC) and the Tokyo 2009 Asian
Youth Para Games Organizing Committee (TAYPOC), the age range
of the athletes was between 14-19 years old. Venues used included
the Kasumigaoka National Stadium, Yoyogi National Gymnasium,
Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Centre and the Tokyo
Metropolitan Gymnasium. The competition venues had also been
used in various international sporting events in the past.
The Tokyo 2009 Asian
Youth Para Games is an international sports event that will
have the participation of young people with a disability from
all over Asia. The athletes will also have their sights on
the London 2012 Paralympic Games, as they use this event as
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