ASEAN Para Games

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ASEAN Para Games
ASEAN Para Games Logo
First event Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 25–30 October 2001
Occur every 2 years
Last event Singapore on 3–9 December 2015
Purpose Multi sport event for disabled people of the nations on the Southeast Asian sub-continent
Headquarters Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
President Osoth Bhavilai
Website[dead link]

The ASEAN Para Games is a biannual multi-sport event held after every Southeast Asian Games for Southeast Asian athletes with physical disabilities. The games are participated by eleven Southeast Asian nations - Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, East Timor and Vietnam. The games, patterned after the Paralympic Games, are played by physically challenged athletes with spastic and cerebral palsy, mobility disabilities, visual disabilities, and the amputated.

The ASEAN Para Games is under the regulation of the ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) and is traditionally hosted by the same country and sport venues where the Southeast Asian Games took place, although it has been a norm for the Southeast Asian Games host nation to host the games, lack of accessible facilities or inexperience in catering to the needs for disabled sport triggered hosting city substitutions like Surakarta rather than Jakarta in the 2011 ASEAN Para Games, or a change of country such as Malaysia rather than Laos for the 2009 ASEAN Para Games.

The APG serves as a regional-level multi sport event to prepare physically challenged ASEAN athletes to compete in the Paralympic Games.[1] Aside from promoting friendship and solidarity among persons with disabilities in the ASEAN region through sports, the Games also hopes to promote and develop sports for the differently-able, apart from to rehabilitating and integrating persons with disability into mainstream society through sports.[2]


In May 2000, the ASEAN Para Games and APSF were formed by President Datuk Zainal Abu Zarin during the 10th Malaysian Para Games, the games, the parallel sports event for the disabled after every Southeast Asian Games, was patterned after the Paralympic Games and now defunct Far East and South Pacific Games for the Disabled (FESPIC). The governing sports federation was established to support persons with disabilities at an ASEAN level. Both the games and the federation aim to promote friendship and solidarity among persons with disabilities in the ASEAN region through sports, promote and develop sports for the differently abled and rehabilitate and integrate persons with disability into mainstream society through sports.


ASEAN Para Games Unofficial Symbol (2003 - 2005)

The logo of the ASEAN Para Games is the logo of the ASEAN Para Sports Federation which depicts the ASEAN logo positioned in the center with the symbol and image of the 1994 to 2004 three pa Paralympic logo on top and a victory laurel surrounding the ASEAN logo and is used on all ASEAN Para Games edition logos begins 2008 onwards as the current symbol of the games. Previously, an unofficial symbol which depicts the 11 rings forming a red circle and resembled the red colour version of the Southeast Asian Games Federation logo was used on the logos of the 2003 ASEAN Para Games and 2005 ASEAN Para Games. Furthermore, another unofficial symbol, the 1994 to 2004 three pa International Paralympic Committee logo was used on the logo of the 2001 ASEAN Para Games.[3]

List of participating countries[edit]

Eleven Southeast Asian countries have participated in the Para Games since the 2003 ASEAN Para Games which formally introduced Timor-Leste as a participating country.

Code Nation / IOC designation First use ISO–code Notes
BRU  Brunei (IOC designation: Brunei Darussalam) 1988 BRN
CAM  Cambodia 1956 KHM
INA  Indonesia 1956 IDN IHO 1952
LAO  Laos (IOC designation: Lao People's Democratic Republic) 1980 LAO
MAS  Malaysia 1956 MYS
MYA  Myanmar 1996 MMR BIR 1948–1992
PHI  Philippines 1924 PHL
SGP  Singapore 1948 SGP SIN 1959–2016
THA  Thailand 1952 THA
TLS  Timor-Leste 2004 TLS IPA 2000
VIE  Vietnam (IOC designation: Viet Nam) 1952 VNM

All-time medal table[edit]

The table below accounts for the total number of medals awarded to all participating National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) of ASEAN member countries as of the recent 2015 ASEAN Para Games, the figures presented do not include medals awarded during the 2001 ASEAN Para Games and are yet to be added.

 Rank  NPC Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Thailand (THA) 971 563 422 1956
2  Malaysia (MAS) 458 378 312 1148
3  Vietnam (VIE) 452 406 390 1248
4  Indonesia (INA) 395 338 276 1009
5  Myanmar (MYA) 134 99 110 343
6  Philippines (PHI) 121 158 173 452
7  Singapore (SGP) 85 67 59 211
8  Brunei (BRU) 31 35 49 115
9  Cambodia (CAM) 6 22 19 47
10  Laos (LAO) 0 13 13 26
11  Timor-Leste (TLS) 0 2 7 9
Total (11 NPCs) 2653 2081 1830 6564

List of sports[edit]

Nineteen different sports have been part of the ASEAN Para Games in one point or another. Sixteen of which comprised the schedule of the recent 2015 ASEAN Para Games in Singapore, the games saw the return of sailing as a full medal sport once again after its debut at the 2009 ASEAN Games in Kuala Lumpur.

List of ASEAN Para Games[edit]

Eight participating countries have hosted the ASEAN Para Games. Malaysia has hosted two Para Games (2001, 2009), more than any nation, and is set to host its third games in 2017. The 5th ASEAN Para Games last 2009 were to be hosted by Laos, but it begged off from hosting the games due to financial difficulty and inexperience in providing necessary support for athletes with disabilities, therefore the games were brought back in Malaysia for the second time after eight years.

Philippines has hosted one (2005) Para Games, and is set to host its second games in 2019. Vietnam (2003), Thailand (2008), Indonesia (2011), Myanmar (2014) and Singapore (2015) have hosted their first ASEAN Para Games. Brunei, Cambodia, Laos and Timor-Leste have yet to host their first ASEAN PARA games.

Host cities of ASEAN Para Games
Edition Year Host City Host Nation Opened By Start Date End Date Nations Events Sports Competitors Top Placed Team Ref.
I 2001 Kuala Lumpur  Malaysia Deputy King Mizan Zainal Abidin 25 October 30 October 10 2  Malaysia (MAS)
II 2003 Hanoi1  Vietnam Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem 21 December 27 December 11 287 5  Thailand (THA)
III 2005 Manila  Philippines Mayor Lito Atienza 14 December 20 December 11 394 10  Thailand (THA)
IV 2008 Nakhon Ratchasima  Thailand Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont 20 January 26 January 11 488 14  Thailand (THA)
V 2009 Kuala Lumpur2  Malaysia Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi 15 August 19 August 10 409 11  Thailand (THA)
VI 2011 Surakarta  Indonesia Vice President Boediono 15 December 20 December 11 380 11  Thailand (THA)
VII 2014 Naypyidaw  Myanmar President Thein Sein 14 January 20 January 10 359 12 1482  Indonesia (INA)
VIII 2015 Singapore  Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam 3 December 9 December 10 336 15 1181  Thailand (THA)
IX 2017 Kuala Lumpur  Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak 17 September 23 September 11 368 16 1452
X 2019 Manila  Philippines Future event
XI 2021 Hanoi  Vietnam Future event
XII 2023 Phnom Penh  Cambodia Future event
XIII 2025 TBA  Thailand Future event
  • 1Timor-Leste was formally included in the Games, increasing its member countries to eleven.
  • 2Originally planned to be held in Laos.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "6th ASEAN PARA GAMES, Solo". Archived from the original on 26 September 2011. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR SOLO GAMES". Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  3. ^ List of Games edition

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