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Updated: 06/26/2014 15:01 | By Channel NewsAsia

Singapore to host ASEAN Para Games in 2015

Singapore to host ASEAN Para Games in 2015

Singapore to host ASEAN Para Games in 2015

SINGAPORE: The eighth ASEAN Para Games (APG) will be held in Singapore from Dec 3 to 9, 2015, the Games’ organising committee announced on Thursday (June 26).

Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong will spearhead the Games as committee Chairman, with Mr Sam Tan, Minister-of-State, Prime Minister’s Office and Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth as Deputy Chairman, the committee said.

Mr Wong said he hopes the APG will promote greater awareness of disability sport. “Through these Games, we hope to break down the barriers that often prevent people with disabilities from participating in sport. We want sport to be inclusive, with opportunities for all to participate,” he said.

The Singapore ASEAN Para Games Organising Committee said it plans to partner sport associations, volunteer welfare organisations, schools (including Special Education schools), social enterprises and corporations to play a part in the Games – from athletes, officials, volunteers to performers, service providers and committee members.

Paralympic gold medallist Yip Pin Xiu said: “The ASEAN Para Games is a significant event not just for the disabled community, but also for the community-at-large to appreciate and support disabled sport. I believe that our para-athletes who are competing on our home ground in December next year will inspire the community to live better through sport for generations to come.”

The eighth biennial Games, expected to host more than 2,000 athletes and officials, will wrap up Singapore’s 50th birthday celebrations. The seven-day multi-sport event will have 12 to 15 sports, with their competition venues mainly at the Singapore Sports Hub and Kallang areas.

Starting from September this year, members of the public can look forward to pre-Games activities which include an ASEAN Invitational Games in the City, carnivals, an art exhibition at the Athletes Village as well as a community torch relay. - CNA/cy

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