ASEAN Para Games

The ASEAN Para Games is a biannual multi-sport event held after every Southeast Asian Games involving disabled athletes from the current 11 Southeast Asia countries. Participating athletes have a variety of disabilities ranging from spastic, cerebral palsy, mobility disabilities, visual disabilities, amputated to intellectual disabilities. The ASEAN Para Games is under the regulation of the ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) with supervision by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Asian Paralympic Committee and is traditionally hosted by the country where the Southeast Asian Games took place.

ASEAN Para Games
ASEAN Para Games Logo
First event2001 ASEAN Para Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Occur every2 years
Last event2017 ASEAN Para Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
PurposeMulti sport event for disabled people of the nations on the Southeast Asian sub-continent
HeadquartersKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
PresidentOsoth Bhavilai[dead link]


In May 2000, delegates from the countries in Southeast Asia attending the Malaysian Paralympiad in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia had a meeting and agreed to establish a disabled sport organisation. The ASEAN Para Games was conceptualised by Zainal Abu Zarin, the founding president of the Malaysian Paralympic Council.[1][2][3] The proposed rationale was that a regional sports event will be held after the Southeast Asian Games and help[4] promoting friendship and solidarity among persons with disabilities in the ASEAN region and rehabilitating and integrating persons with disability into mainstream society.[5][6]

Ten countries, Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam were the founding members. These countries agreed to hold the Games biennially on 28 April 2001 and ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) was formed on 23 October 2001 with Pisal Wattanawongkiri, president of the Paralympic Committee of Thailand who proposed the games' name, being elected as its first president.

The first ASEAN Para Games was held in Kuala Lumpur from 26 to 29 October 2001 comprising more than 700 athletes and officials from Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam participating in 2 sports.

At the 2nd ASEAN Para Games in Vietnam, East Timor was admitted into the federation as a provisional member.[7]


ASEAN Para Games unofficial symbol (2003–2005)

The logo of the ASEAN Para Games depicting the ASEAN logo positioned in the center with the symbol of the 1994–2004 Paralympic logo on top and a victory laurel surrounding the ASEAN logo. It is used on all ASEAN Para Games edition logos since 2008. Previously, an unofficial symbol resembled the red colour version of the Southeast Asian Games Federation logo depicting the 11 red rings forming a circle was used on the logos of the 2003 ASEAN Para Games and 2005 ASEAN Para Games. Furthermore, the 1994–2004 Paralympic logo was used on the logo of the 2001 ASEAN Para Games.[8]

Participating countriesEdit

NPC name Formal name Debuted IPC code Other codes used
  Indonesia Republic of Indonesia
  Cambodia Kingdom of Cambodia
  Brunei Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace
  Laos Lao People's Democratic Republic
  Malaysia Federation of Malaysia
  Myanmar Republic of the Union of Myanmar
  Philippines Republic of the Philippines
  Singapore Republic of Singapore
SIN (1959–2016)
  Thailand Kingdom of Thailand
  East Timor Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
  Vietnam Socialist Republic of Vietnam

List of ASEAN Para GamesEdit

Seven participating countries have hosted the ASEAN Para Games. Malaysia has hosted three Para Games (2001, 2009, 2017), more than any nation. The 5th ASEAN Para Games in 2009 were to be hosted by Laos, but it begged off from hosting the games due to financial difficulty and inexperience in providing necessary support for athletes with disabilities, therefore the games was brought back to Malaysia for the second time after eight years.

The 10th ASEAN Para Games scheduled to be hosted by the Philippines were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The edition numeral still applied despite the cancellation.

Philippines has hosted one (2005) Para Games, Vietnam (2003), Thailand (2008), Indonesia (2011), Myanmar (2014) and Singapore (2015) had hosted their first ASEAN Para Games. Cambodia will host their first ASEAN Para Games in 2023, Laos will host the first time in 2027 and Brunei will host the first time in 2029. East Timor have yet to host their first ASEAN Para Games.

Host cities of ASEAN Para Games
Edition Year Host country Host city Opened by Date Sports Events Nations Competitors Top-ranked team
1 2001   Malaysia Kuala Lumpur King Mizan Zainal Abidin 26–29 October 2 341 10 ≈600   Malaysia (MAS)
2 2003   Vietnam Hanoi Prime minister Pham Gia Khiem 21–27 December 5 287 111 ≈800   Thailand (THA)
3 2005   Philippines Manila Mayor Lito Atienza 14–20 December 10 394 11 ≈1000   Thailand (THA)
4 2008   Thailand Nakhon Ratchasima Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont 20–26 January 14 488 11 ≈1000   Thailand (THA)
5 2009   Malaysia Kuala Lumpur2 Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi 15–19 August 11 409 10 ≈1000   Thailand (THA)
6 2011   Indonesia Surakarta Vice President Boediono 15–20 December 11 380 11 ≈1000   Thailand (THA)
7 2014   Myanmar Naypyidaw Vice president Sai Mauk Kham 14–20 January 12 359 10 1482   Indonesia (INA)
8 2015   Singapore Singapore President Tony Tan 3–9 December 15 336 10 1181   Thailand (THA)
9 2017   Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Prime Minister Najib Razak 17–23 September 16 369 11 1452   Indonesia (INA)
10 2020   Philippines Various Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
11 2022   Vietnam Hanoi Future event
12 2023   Cambodia Phnom Penh Future event
13 2026   Thailand TBA Future event
14 2027   Laos TBA Future event
  • 1East Timor was formally included in the Games, increasing its member countries to eleven.
  • 2Originally planned to be held in Laos.

List of sportsEdit

Nineteen different sports have been part of the ASEAN Para Games in one point or another. Sixteen of which comprised the schedule of the recent 2017 ASEAN Para Games in Kuala Lumpur. The games saw the return of sailing as a full medal sport once again after its debut at the 2009 ASEAN Games in Kuala Lumpur.

All-time medal tableEdit

The table below accounts for the total number of medals awarded to all participating National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) of ASEAN member countries as of the recent 2017 ASEAN Para Games.

1  Thailand (THA)11587015372396
2  Malaysia (MAS)6915994871777
3  Indonesia (INA)5274183331278
4  Vietnam (VIE)5034724561431
5  Myanmar (MYA)181132144457
6  Philippines (PHI)146184212542
7  Singapore (SGP)1119495300
8  Brunei (BRU)374362142
9  Cambodia (CAM)7282560
10  East Timor (TLS)22812
11  Laos (LAO)0171734
Totals (11 NPCs)3363269023768429

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Background". Archived from the original on 29 June 2003. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Governor". Archived from the original on 1 July 2003. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  3. ^ "About". Archived from the original on 13 February 2016. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  4. ^ "6th ASEAN PARA GAMES, Solo". Archived from the original on 26 September 2011. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
  5. ^ "ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR SOLO GAMES". Archived from the original on 12 June 2017. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
  6. ^ "ASEAN Para Sports Federation". Archived from the original on 29 June 2003. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Timor Leste excluded due to IPC suspension".
  8. ^ List of Games edition

External linksEdit