SINGAPORE - Singapore will host the ASEAN Para Games (APG) for the first time next year.
The Singapore ASEAN Para Games Organising Committee (SAPGOC) announced today in a press statement that the eighth APG will be held from December 3 to 9, 2015.
The eighth biennial Games will wrap up SG50 celebrations and is expected to host over 2,000 athletes and officials during the December school holidays next year. This 7-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.
During the first Steering Committee meeting, it was also announced that Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth 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.
Inclusiveness and ownership of the Games will be key features of the 8th APG.
"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," said Minister Wong.