2014 Asian Para Games

The 2014 Asian Para Games (Korean: 2014년 장애인 아시아 경기대회/2014년 장애인 아시안 게임, romanizedIcheon sibsa-nyeon jangaein Asia gyeonggi daehoe/Icheon sibsa-nyeon jangaein Asian Geim), also known as the 2nd Asian Para Games, was an Asian disabled multi-sport event held in Incheon, South Korea, from 18 to 24 October 2014, 2 weeks after the end of the 2014 Asian Games. This was the first time South Korea hosted the games. Around 4,500 athletes from 41 countries competed in the games which featured 443 events in 23 sports. The games was opened by the Prime Minister Chung Hong-won at the Incheon Munhak Stadium. The final medal tally was led by China, followed by host South Korea and Japan, while Kazakhstan, Myanmar, Singapore, Syria and Qatar won their first ever Asian Para Games gold medal. 24 world and 121 Asian records were broken during the Games.[1]

II Asian Para Games
2014 Asian Para Games logo.svg
Host cityIncheon, South Korea
MottoA Wave of Passion, Now Begins!
(Korean: 열정의 물결, 이제시작이다!, romanizedYeoljeong-ui mulgyeol, Ijesijag-ida!)
Nations participating41
Athletes participating2,497
Events443 in 23 Sport
Opening ceremony18 October
Closing ceremony24 October
Officially opened byChung Hong-won
Prime Minister of South Korea
Officially closed byZainal Abu Zarin
President of the Asian Paralympic Committee
Torch lighterKim Se-jin
Main venueIncheon Munhak Stadium

Host cityEdit

Incheon was the second city to host both Asian Games and Para Games after Guangzhou. It was awarded the sporting event in September 2009 by the Asian Paralympic Committee,[2] and signed the Host Contract Agreement in January 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[3][4] Incheon Asian Para Games Organising Committee (IAPGOC) was formed to oversee the staging of the event.

Development and preparationEdit

VenuesEdit

[5]

Incheon
Gyeonggi Province

MarketingEdit

 
Jeonopi and Dnopi, the black-faced spoonbill, the official mascot of the games.

Edit

The logo of the 2014 Asian Para Games was unveiled on 17 June 2013 and is an image of a flame that symbolises the games itself. The blue and green symbolises the determination of the athletes, while the pink and orange flame represents the caring personality of the Asian people in general. All the colours combined on the logo represents the harmony of the people of Asia including the disables. Overall the logo represents the passion and challenging spirit of the games participating athletes as well as the unity of Asian people.

MascotEdit

The mascot of the 2014 Asian Para Games was unveiled on the same day as the logo and is a pair of black-faced spoonbill named, Jeonopi and Dnopi. They were chosen to highlight the games organiser commitment in environmental conservation. Jeonopi represents friendship with people in Asia and the world and the clean natural environment of host city Incheon, while Dnopi represents courage of the participating athletes and hope.[6][7]

MedalsEdit

The medals of the event had the design of the flame at the front to express the passion and determination of the athletes. The braille letters of the event's name, "Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games is engraved on the back of the medal.

CeremonyEdit

Opening CeremonyEdit

The opening ceremony was held on 18 October 2014 at the Munhak Stadium with the theme, "Impossible drives us". It was attended by South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hung Won, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Sir Philip Craven and Asian Paralympic Committee President Dato Zainal Abu Zarin. The performance was directed by Yoo Joon-gyu and featured K-pop singer Kim Tae-woo. The South Korean prime minister declared the games open, while Lim Woo-geun lit the games cauldron.[8][9]

Closing CeremonyEdit

The Closing ceremony was held on 24 October 2014 at the Munhak Stadium, where the games was declared closed by Asian Paralympic President Dato' Zainal Abu Zarin.[10]

Participitating National Paralympic CommitteeEdit

41 NPCs participated in the event. North Korea compete for the first time, while Bangladesh did not attend due to inactivity which resulted in the termination of its International Paralympic Committee membership the following year.[11][12]

Participating National Paralympic Committees

SportsEdit

Medal tableEdit

  *   Host nation (South Korea)

2014 Asian Para Games medal table[13]
RankNPCGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  China (CHN)1749548317
2  South Korea (KOR)*726277211
3  Japan (JPN)384956143
4  Iran (IRI)375231120
5  Uzbekistan (UZB)225431
6  Thailand (THA)213947107
7  Malaysia (MAS)15202762
8  Hong Kong (HKG)10151944
9  Indonesia (INA)9111838
10  Vietnam (VIE)971329
11  Kazakhstan (KAZ)761124
12  Iraq (IRQ)661931
13  United Arab Emirates (UAE)412925
14  Chinese Taipei (TPE)4102438
15  India (IND)3141633
16  Qatar (QAT)3025
17  Mongolia (MGL)21811
18  Saudi Arabia (KSA)2114
19  Sri Lanka (SRI)16714
20  Jordan (JOR)1449
21  Syria (SYR)1225
22  Myanmar (MYA)1157
23  Singapore (SIN)1146
24  Philippines (PHI)05510
25  Kuwait (KUW)0426
26  Turkmenistan (TKM)0213
27  Lebanon (LIB)0202
28  Bahrain (BRN)0123
29  Brunei (BRU)0022
  Macau (MAC)0022
  North Korea (PRK)0022
32  Pakistan (PAK)0011
Totals (32 NPCs)4434334691345

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ""You are all heroes," Incheon Para Asian Games close".
  2. ^ Media centre
  3. ^ "Formal contracts signed as build up to 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon intensifies".
  4. ^ Preparations for Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games praised
  5. ^ Schedule
  6. ^ "Incheon Para Games Reveals Mascots and Emblem". Chosun Ilbo English.
  7. ^ "Mascot Asian Para Iran Para Sports Federation". Archived from the original on 28 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games open".
  9. ^ "Theme for Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games Opening Ceremony revealed".
  10. ^ "Asian Para Games close with spectacular show of traditional dance and music".
  11. ^ "B'desh risks missing Paralympics". Bd news. 2 December 2011.
  12. ^ "IPC General Assembly concludes in Mexico City". IPC. 15 November 2015.
  13. ^ Official medal table

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Guangzhou
Asian Para Games
Incheon

II Asian Para Games (2014)
Succeeded by
Jakarta

Coordinates: 37°58′N 124°39′E / 37.967°N 124.650°E / 37.967; 124.650