Asian Para Games

The Asian Para Games also known as Para Asiad is a multi-sport event regulated by the Asian Paralympic Committee that's held every four years after every Asian Games for athletes with physical disabilities. Both events had adopted the strategy used by the Olympic and Paralympic Games of having both games in the same city. However, the exclusion of Asian Para Games from Asian Games host city contract meant that both events run independently of each other. The Games are recognized by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and are described as the second largest multi-sport event after the Paralympic Games.

Asian Para Games
AbbreviationAPG
First event2010 Asian Para Games in Guangzhou, China
Occur everyfour years
Last event2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia
Next event2022 Asian Para Games in Hangzhou, China
PurposeMulti-sport event for athletes with disabilities from nations in Asia

In its history, three nations have hosted the Asian Para Games and Forty-four nations have participated in the Games.

The most recent games was held in Jakarta, Indonesia from 6 to 13 October 2018. The next games are scheduled to Hangzhou, China between 9 and 15 October 2022.

HistoryEdit

The FESPIC Games existed previous to the Asian Para Games and was contested by athletes from the Asia Pacific region. The FESPIC Games was first held in 1975 in Oita, Japan with 18 participating nations. Eight more FESPIC Games were held until 2006.[1]

The Asian Para Games superseded the FESPIC Games, which was dissolved alongside the FESPIC Federation, the governing body of the games and merged with the Asian Paralympic Council which was renamed as the Asian Paralympic Committee at the closing of the final FESPIC edition held in November 2006 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The first Asian multi-sports event for athletes with a disability, the inaugural Asian Para Games was held in 2010 in Guangzhou, China.[2]

List of Asian Para GamesEdit

Host cities of the Asian Para Games
Edition Year Host City Host Nation Opened by Start Date End Date Nations Competitors Sports Events Top Placed Team Ref.
1 2010 Guangzhou   China Vice Premier Li Keqiang 12 December 19 December 41 2,405 19 341   China (CHN) [3]
2 2014 Incheon   South Korea Prime Minister Chung Hong-won 18 October 24 October 41 2,497 23 443   China (CHN) [4]
3 2018 Jakarta   Indonesia President Joko Widodo 6 October 13 October 43 2,757 18 506   China (CHN) [5]
4 2022 Hangzhou   China 9 October 15 October 22[6]
5 2026 Nagoya   Japan Future event
6 2030 Doha   Qatar Future event
7 2034 Riyadh   Saudi Arabia Future event

SportsEdit

Twenty-four sports were presented in Asian Para Games history, including 2010 Games in Guangzhou.

Sport Years
Archery Since 2010
Athletics Since 2010
Badminton Since 2010
Boccia Since 2010
Bowling Since 2010
Canoeing Since 2022
Chess Since 2018
Cycling Since 2010
Football 5-a-side 2010–2014, 2022
Football 7-a-side 2010–2014
Go Since 2022
Goalball Since 2010
Judo Since 2010
Lawn Bowls Since 2014
Sport Years
Powerlifting Since 2010
Rowing 2010–2014, 2022
Sailing 2014 only
Shooting Since 2010
Swimming Since 2010
Table tennis Since 2010
Sitting Volleyball Since 2010
Wheelchair Basketball Since 2010
Wheelchair Dance Sport 2014 only
Wheelchair Fencing Since 2010
Wheelchair Rugby 2014 only
Wheelchair Tennis Since 2010

MascotsEdit

The Asian Para Games mascots are fictional characters, usually an animal native to the area or human figures, who represent the cultural heritage of the place where the Asian Para Games are taking place. The mascots are often used to help market the Asian Para Games to a younger audience. Every Asian Para Games has its own mascot. Fun Fun, the mascot for the 2010 Asian Para Games was the first mascot.

Games City Mascot Character Significance
2010 Asian Para Games Guangzhou Fun Fun Character inspired by kapok A flower which is native to Guangzhou, represents strength, joy and vitality of the athletes and the Asian Para movement.
2014 Asian Para Games Incheon Jeonopi and Dnopi Black-faced spoonbill Chosen by organizers 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.
2018 Asian Para Games Jakarta Momo Brahminy kite The Brahminy kite is locally known as Bondol eagle. The name Momo is short for motivation and mobility. The mascot wears a Betawinese Belt with Sarong and Represents Jakarta city and strength.
2022 Asian Para Games Hangzhou Fei Fei Character inspired by 'Divine Bird' The mascot represents Hangzhou's heritage and its drive for technological innovation. According to a legend in the Liangzhu culture, the 'Divine Bird' brings bliss.

Medal countEdit

Of the 44 National Paralympic Committees participating throughout the history of the Games, 37 nations have won at least a single medal in the competition, leaving 7 nations: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal and Tajikistan yet to win a single medal. 31 nations have won at least one gold medal and China became the only nation in history to emerge as overall champions.

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  China (CHN)5313011951027
2  South Korea (KOR)152150157459
3  Japan (JPN)115154164433
4  Iran (IRI)115118103336
5  Thailand (THA)64102136302
6  Uzbekistan (UZB)583125114
7  Indonesia (INA)476374184
8  Malaysia (MAS)415771169
9  Hong Kong (HKG)264054120
10  Vietnam (VIE)20194281
Totals (10 nations)1169103510213225

Asian Youth Para GamesEdit

The Asian Youth Para Games is a multi-sport event held every four years for youth athletes with physical disabilities. The first Games was held in 2009 in Tokyo, Japan. The Asian Youth Para Games superseded the FESPIC Youth Games which last held in 2003.

List of Youth GamesEdit

Host cities of the Asian Youth Para Games
Edition Year Host City Host Nation Start Date End Date Nations Competitors Sports Events Top Placed Team
1 2009 Tokyo   Japan 10 September 13 September 24 466 5 219   Japan (JPN)
2 2013 Kuala Lumpur   Malaysia 26 October 30 October 29 723 14 235   Japan (JPN)
3 2017 Dubai   United Arab Emirates 10 December 14 December 30 800 7 252   Japan (JPN)
4 2021 Manama   Bahrain 2 December 6 December 30 750 9 198   Iran (IRI)
5 2025 Tashkent   Uzbekistan Future event

Youth Games SportsEdit

All-time Youth Games medal table (2009-2021)Edit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Japan (JPN)1778687350
2  Iran (IRI)13613497367
3  Thailand (THA)816748196
4  China (CHN)752210107
5  South Korea (KOR)523645133
6  Hong Kong (HKG)493930118
7  Iraq (IRQ)463529110
8  Uzbekistan (UZB)4114964
9  Indonesia (INA)36232382
10  Malaysia (MAS)323435101
11  India (IND)29302685
12  Kazakhstan (KAZ)25321875
13  Vietnam (VIE)199533
14  Chinese Taipei (TPE)1611633
15  United Arab Emirates (UAE)1512532
16  Jordan (JOR)157628
17  Singapore (SIN)1314734
18  Saudi Arabia (KSA)1392547
19  Kuwait (KUW)812424
20  Sri Lanka (SRI)68418
21  Bahrain (BHR)410519
22  Pakistan (PAK)42814
23  Myanmar (MYA)34411
24  Philippines (PHI)27817
25  Palestine (PLE)2305
26  Oman (OMA)1315
27  Nepal (NEP)1113
  Syria (SYR)1113
29  Brunei (BRU)1001
30  North Korea (PRK)0314
31  Lebanon (LIB)0202
32  Macau (MAC)0123
33  Cambodia (CAM)0101
  Mongolia (MGL)0101
35  Tajikistan (TJK)0033
36  Yemen (YEM)0011
37  Afghanistan (AFG)0000
  Bangladesh (BAN)0000
  Bhutan (BHU)0000
  Kyrgyzstan (KGZ)0000
  Laos (LAO)0000
  Maldives (MDV)0000
  Qatar (QAT)0000
  Timor-Leste (TLS)0000
  Turkmenistan (TKM)0000
Totals (45 nations)9036735542130

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Closure of FESPIC Federation Archived 19 June 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Guangzhou wins bid to host 2010 Asian Para-Games". China Daily. 29 November 2008. Retrieved 7 June 2009.
  3. ^ "1st APG Guangzhou 2010". APC. Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2011.
  4. ^ "2nd APG Incheon 2014". APC. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  5. ^ "3rd APG Jakarta 2018". APC. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Para-taekwondo and Para-canoe to make Asian Para Games debut in Hangzhou". Inside the Games. Retrieved 10 October 2019.

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