I hope this sports event will further strengthen the friendly relations between ASEAN countries as well as between communities.
Jakarta (ANTARA) – Indonesian Vice President Ma’ruf Amin has said he expects the 11th ASEAN Paralympic Games (APG) to be held under the theme “Seeking equality “, to encourage the ASEAN community to become more inclusive and resilient.
“To all the athletes, good fight in this healthy and fair competition. I hope this sports event will further strengthen the friendly relations between ASEAN countries as well as communities,” he remarked during the meeting. opening of the multi-sport event at Manahan Stadium, Surakarta. City, Central Java Province, on Saturday.
The ASEAN Para Games are special because they can inspire people and show the sense of equality, he said.
“Para Games athletes are the best athletes who strive to make their country proud,” he added.
Athletes have proven that to achieve various goals and achievements, the will must be stronger than the obstacles encountered, Amin said.
“I welcome all the proud athletes who represent the 11 Southeast Asian countries to Indonesia, especially to Surakarta City,” the vice president said.
The city is rich in culture and has become the headquarters of the Indonesian National Paralympic Committee (NPC), he added.
“In the city, the first Indonesian National Sports Week was held in 1948. This year (2022), the city is hosting the ASEAN Para Games for the second time – after the implementation of the 6th ASEAN Para Games. ‘ASEAN in 2011,” he noted.
In addition, Amin praised Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo and his subordinates especially Surakarta Mayor Gibran Rakabuming Raka and officials for their hard work in preparing for the sporting event.
After delivering his speech, he fired a Chris – traditional Javanese weapon – and raised it above his head to mark the opening of the 11th AG.
The Para Games will be held in Surakarta City, Karanganyar District and Semarang City from July 30 to August 6, 2022.
Matches will be held at Manahan Stadium (for athletics and tennis), Sebelas Maret University Sports Faculty Sports Hall (boccia and goalball), Kota Barat Field (archery), Tirtonadi Convention Hall (judo and table tennis), and Solo Paragon Hotel (weightlifting).
Other venues include Semarang Jati Diri Sports Hall (swimming), Solo Dwangsa Hotel (chess), Edutorium Building of Muhammadiyah Surakarta University (badminton), Sebelas Maret University Stadium (CP football), Sritex Sports Hall (basketball), as well as sports hall of Tunas Pembangunan University (sitting volleyball).
The Indonesian contingent sent the highest number of athletes for the games at 324. It is followed by Thailand (303 athletes), Vietnam (119), Cambodia (112), the Philippines (144), Malaysia ( 70), Myanmar (69), Singapore (37), Laos (37), Timor Leste (15) and Brunei Darussalam (13).
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