KUALA LUMPUR, May 9 â€“ The 7th ASEAN Para Games, to be held in Naypyitaw in Myanmar in 2014, will feature 12 sports, with the possibilities of badminton and tenpin being included in the 2014 biennial Games.
The Asean Para Sports Federation (APSF) and Naypyitaw Asean Para Games Organising Committee (NAPGOC), in its coordination committee meeting in Naypyitaw recently, agreed on the inclusion of the sports, an increase as compared to the previous Games in Solo, Indonesia.
The Games is scheduled in new capital and administrative city of Naypyitaw from 14 to 20 January, 2014. Naypyitaw is located some 350km from former capital Yangon. The sports to be contested in the Naypyitaw Games are: archery, athletics, boccia, chess, football 5-a-side, football 7-a-side, goalball, powerlifting, swimming, table tennis, volleyball(sitting) and wheelchair basketball. In Solo in 2011, 11 sports were featured.
APSF recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NAPGOC for the hosting of the Games, which is expected to feature close to 2,000 athletes from 11 South East Asia nations. The meeting and signing ceremony, held at the Zabu Thiri Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw, was also attended by Myanmar Sports Minister U Tint San, his Deputy Thaung Htike, APSF President Datuk Zainal Abu Zarin and the organising committee joint secretary (1) Gen. Nay Lin, who is also President of NPC Myanmar.
During the meeting, APSF delegation, led by Datuk Zainal and Secretary General Malini conducted site inspection on venues including the main sports complex, the new football and athletic stadium, aquatic venues and the newly-built Games village.
APSF President Dato Zainal concluded that the meeting was fruitful and productive, adding that the regionâ€™s governing body was convinced with Myanmarâ€™s commitment towards hosting the Games with equal splendor.
â€œThe ASEAN Para Games will be held slightly more than two weeks after the SEA Games, there will be challengesâ€¦but we are confident that Myanmar can deliver the Games and help contribute towards the well-being of disabled athletes in the region,â€ said Datuk Zainal.
Minister U Tint San, in his remarks said, Myanmar is ready for the Games, adding that the country is bent on making the 7th edition of the Asean Para Games the best in its history.
â€œPreparations are well underway and we welcome athletes, officials, delegates, dignitaries and guests with open arms,â€ he said.
The SEA Games and the ASEAN Para Games will be the first major multi-sport Games to be hosted by the country after almost more than 30 years.