2003 ASEAN Para Games

The 2003 ASEAN Para Games, officially known as the 2nd ASEAN Para Games, was a Southeast Asian disabled multi-sport event held eight days after the 2003 Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam from 21 to 27 December 2003. This was the first time and so far only time Vietnam hosted the ASEAN Para Games and the first time East Timor participated at the ASEAN Para Games.

II ASEAN Para Games
2003 ASEAN Para Games Logo.jpg
Host cityHanoi, Vietnam
MottoPeace, Love and Aspire
Nations participating11
Athletes participating740
Events287 in 5 sports
Opening ceremony21 December
Closing ceremony27 December
Officially opened byPham Gia Khiem
Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam
Main venueMỹ Đình National Stadium (opening)
Hanoi Sports Palace (closing)
Website2003 ASEAN Para Games

Vietnam is the second country to host the ASEAN Para Games after Malaysia. Around 740 athletes from 11 participating nations participated at the games, which featured 287 events in 5 sports. The games was opened by Pham Gia Khiem, the Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam at the My Dinh National Stadium.

The final medal tally was led by Thailand, followed by host Vietnam and Malaysia.

Development and preparationEdit

The 2nd ASEAN Para Games Organising Committee was formed to oversee the staging of the games.

VenuesEdit

The 2nd ASEAN Para Games had 5 venues for the games.[1]

City Competition Venue Sports
Hanoi National Sports Complex
Mỹ Đình National Stadium Opening ceremony, Athletics
Mỹ Đình Aquatics Centre Swimming
Other
Hanoi Sports Palace Badminton, Closing ceremony
Cau Giay District Gymnasium Table tennis
Trinh Hoai Duc Gymnasium Powerlifting

MarketingEdit

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The Golden Goat, the official mascot of the games

The emblem of the 2nd ASEAN Para Games is a stylised image of a wheelchair athlete with two hands raised up upwards in the shape of a "V" which symbolises Vietnam and victory. At the top of the emblem, 11 small circles linked together around the image of "Khue Van Cac" (room for reciting poems). The linked small circles represents solidarity, cooperation, and friendship of disabled athletes among 11 countries in the Southeast Asian region, while the Khue Van Cac represents the host country Vietnam. The colours of the athlete and the Khue Van Cac are dark sea blue which represents unity while the colours of the 11 circles are vermilion which represents courage and passion.[2]

MascotEdit

The mascot of the 2003 ASEAN Para Games is "The Golden Goat" which was designed by Nguyen The Nguyen. It was selected by the Organising Committee because the year 2003, year of which Vietnam hosting the second ASEAN Para Games is a goat year in most lunar calendars, especially in Vietnamese and Chinese calendar. The goat is widely described in many art and literary works of Vietnam as a very intimate, friendly and useful animal to the people in daily life. The Golden Goat symbolises happiness, victory and courage when facing challenges. The mascot's design of wearing the sports costume, holds its left hand on its waist, and raises the right hand upwards with two fingers stretching out in a "V" shape represents the strong belief in fair-play among athletes to reach the highest achievements at the games.[3]

SongsEdit

The theme song of the 2003 ASEAN Para Games is "Welcome to Para Games-Hanoi".[4]

The gamesEdit

Opening ceremonyEdit

The opening ceremony was held at the My Dinh National Stadium on 21 December 2005 at 19:00 (VST - UTC+7).[5]

Closing ceremonyEdit

The closing ceremony was held at the Hanoi Sports Palace on 27 December 2005 at 19:00 (VST).[6]

Participating nationsEdit

SportsEdit

5 Sports are introduced for the 2003 ASEAN Para Games with 4 of them are Paralympics events.

Medal tableEdit

A total of 760 medals comprising 287 gold medals, 245 silver medals and 228 bronze medals were awarded to athletes. The Host Vietnam's performance was its best ever yet in ASEAN Para Games History and was second behind Thailand as overall champion.[8]

Key

  *   Host nation (Vietnam)

  *   Host nation (Vietnam)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Thailand (THA)1016131193
2  Vietnam (VIE)*818086247
3  Malaysia (MAS)544046140
4  Myanmar (MYA)24121248
5  Indonesia (INA)10111839
6  Singapore (SIN)108119
7  Brunei (BRU)410519
8  Philippines (PHI)2152441
9  Cambodia (CAM)1539
10  Laos (LAO)0314
11  East Timor (TLS)0011
Totals (11 nations)287245228760

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Competition Regulations (Vietnamese)". 2003 ASEAN Para Games. 3 April 2004. Archived from the original on 3 April 2004. Retrieved 27 September 2004.
  2. ^ "Logo at the official website of the Games". 2003 ASEAN Para Games. 24 June 2004. Archived from the original on 24 June 2004. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Mascot at the official website of the Games". 2003 ASEAN Para Games. 6 September 2004. Archived from the original on 6 September 2004. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Theme Song in the official website of the Games". 2003 ASEAN Para Games. 6 September 2004. Archived from the original on 6 September 2004. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Second ASEAN Para Games kick off in Vietnam". Utusan Malaysia. 22 December 2003. Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Thailand wins ASEAN Para Games, Vietnam celebrates successful event". Utusan Malaysia. 28 December 2003. Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  7. ^ MPC eye 51 gold medals
  8. ^ "official website Of The Games". 2003 ASEAN Para Games. 2 February 2004. Archived from the original on 2 February 2004. Retrieved 2 November 2015.

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Preceded by ASEAN Para Games
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II ASEAN Para Games (2003)
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