Record 15 sports at 2015 Asean Para Games

Record 15 sports at 2015 Asean Para Games
Singapore athletes, from left, Nurulasyiqah bt Mohd Taha-Boccia, Muhammad Mubarak bin Mohd Rastam, Theresa Goh, Yip Pin Xiu, Tay Wei Ming and Jason Chee. The Singapore ASEAN Para Games Organising Committee (SAPGOC) announced the list of sports which have been endorsed at the ASEAN Para Sports Federation Board of Governors Meeting.

The eighth ASEAN Para Games is set to be the biggest in history, as the Singapore ASEAN Para Games Organising Committee (SAPGOC) confirmed a total of 15 sports for next year's edition.

That will be the most number of sports offered, with the 2011 edition in Myanmar having had 13.

The 2015 Para Games will feature about 3,300 athletes and officials from 10 countries, when it is staged at the Singapore Sports Hub from Dec 3 to 9.

"We are hosting the ASEAN Para Games for the first time and want to give the community with special needs a variety of opportunities to compete," said Lim Teck Yin, chairman of the executive committee, at a press conference at Marina Bay Sands (MBS) yesterday.

"It's not about being the largest Games ever, but about helping the Games grow from strength to strength.

"We had been thinking very hard about how to ensure the Games are befitting of the effort the Paralympic athletes put in, and also befitting of our 50th anniversary next year."

The SAPGOC also announced the MBS as the official Games Village, where 1,500 rooms will be utilised to host athletes and officials.

A key consideration was MBS' ample space for people with wheelchairs and shower facilities that could accommodate athletes and caregivers.

Paralympian Nurulasyiqah Taha, 29, said that she was pleased that her sport, boccia, was included in the list.

Boccia is a precision ball sport that can be played by individuals, pairs or teams of three.

The aim of the game is to throw leather balls - coloured red or blue - as close as they can to a white target ball.

"I'm very excited that boccia is being offered. Before the Myanmar Games, it wasn't played at the previous two editions," Nurulasyiqah (above) said. "It was also pleasing to see other sports like powerlifting and goalball included.

"Many people haven't seen those sports before, so hopefully, next year's Games can create a bit of visibility for it."

This article was first published on August 30, 2014.
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