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Closing ceremony marks end of most successful Asian Para Games ever

By : APC Media
Date : October 15, 2018

The closing ceremony of the Indonesian 2018 Asian Para Games took place at the Madya Stadium in the GBK complex in Central Jakarta last night (13 October), marking the end of the most successful Asian Para Games to date.

Asian Paralympic Committee President, Majid Rashed, highlighted some of the successes of the Games in his closing ceremony speech:

We have had some remarkable ‘firsts’ at these Asian Para Games; the first time all 43 member nations have competed; the first time Bhutan have attended; the first time Laos and Timor Leste have won a medal; the first Gold medals for the Philippines and Kuwait; and of course the first time the Unified Korean Team have marched and competed together at a para-sport event.

The ceremony began with a speech by Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla who thanked everyone who had contributed to the success of the Games. He commented:

The 2018 Asian Para Games is more than a competition because this event involved humanity that embraces diversity and eliminates all stigmas.

As part of the proceedings, the Asian Paralympic Committee flag was handed over from Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan to the Deputy Mayor of the next host city Hangzhou, Wang Hong.

At the end of his speech, Rashed said:

I call upon Para-athletes from all over Asia to meet again in Hangzhou, China, in four years’ time, where once again, you will inspire and excite the world with your sporting excellence.

The final medals were won earlier on in the day in cycling, badminton and wheelchair basketball. A strong performance in Badminton left the host nation sitting in fifth place overall with 37 gold medals comprehensively beating their pre-Games target of 16. China topped the medal table with a remarkable 172 gold medals, followed by South Korea, Iran and Japan.

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