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7th ASEAN Para Games
Motto Friendship, Equality and Unity
Athletes participating 1482
Events 359 in 12 sports
Opening ceremony 14 January 2014
Closing ceremony 20 January 2014
Officially opened by Sai Mauk Kham
Vice President of Myanmar
Athlete's Oath Min Min Phyo
Judge's Oath Mya Lay Phyu
Torch Lighter U Kyaw Khaing
Ceremony venue Wunna Theikdi Stadium, Naypyidaw, Myanmar
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2014 ASEAN Para Games

The 2014 ASEAN Para Games, officially known as the 7th ASEAN Para Games was a multi-sport event took place in Naypyidaw, Myanmar three weeks after the closing of the 27th Southeast Asian Games from 14 to 20 January 2014 with 359 events in 12 sports and disciplines featured in the games.[1][2][3][4] This was Myanmar's third time to host the Southeast Asian Games, but its first as host for the ASEAN Para Games. Singapore withdrew its hosting rights due to expected delays in the completion of its new national stadium.[5][6] Myanmar is the sixth country to host the ASEAN Para Games after Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia.

The 2014 ASEAN Para Games is the seventh edition of the ASEAN Para Games since its inception in 2001 and the fifth edition to follow the tradition that the host venue of the Southeast Asian Games is also the host of the ASEAN Para Games, a tradition broken when 2009 ASEAN Para Games was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia instead of Vientiane, Laos and when 2011 ASEAN Para Games was held in Surakarta instead of Jakarta. The tradition has since resumed normal begins this edition onwards.

The final medal tally was led by Indonesia, followed by Thailand and Malaysia with host Myanmar in fifth place. Several games, Asian and National records were broken during the games. The games were deemed generally successful with the rising standard of disabled sports competition amongst the Southeast Asian nations.

Organisation

Host city

The 7th ASEAN Para Games was held in Naypyidaw, Myanmar. Previously in the Southeast Asian Games, Myanmar, Vietnam, Philippines and Thailand have revealed their intentions to host the Games. However, since the latter hosted the 2003, 2005 and 2007 editions, respectively, these countries are ineligible to host this edition.[7][8]

Myanmar held the largest time interval of hosting the games, spanning a time of 44 years.[9] It is also for the very first time Myanmar host the ASEAN Para Games.

Previously, the Southeast Asian Games Federation (SEAGF) Council met in Jakarta on 31 May 2010 earlier unanimously agreed to award the Myanmar Olympic Committee the right to host the 27th edition of the Southeast Asian Games.[10] This means the hosting rights of the 7th ASEAN Para Games automatically goes to Myanmar which hosted the games three weeks after the end of the 2013 Southeast Asian Games.

Development and preparation

The Naypyidaw ASEAN Para Games Organising Committee (NAPGOC) was established under the guidance of the ASEAN Para Sports Federation[11] to ensure the success of the 2014 ASEAN Para Games.

Venues

The 7th ASEAN Para Games had 2 venues for the games.

Competition Venue Sports
Wunna Theikdi Sports Complex
Wunna Theikdi Stadium Opening and Closing ceremony, Athletics, Swimming, Boccia, Chess, Football 5-a-side, Football 7-a-side, Goalball, Powerlifting, Table tennis, Sitting volleyball, Wheelchair basketball
Other
Naypyidaw Archery range, Zabuthiri Township Archery

Public transport

As Naypyidaw is yet to be fully developed into a city, only shuttle bus services were provided throughout the games and were used to ferry athletes and officials to and from the airport, games venues and games village.

Marketing

Logo and mascot

File:2014 ASEAN Para Games Mascot.jpg

The logo of the 2014 ASEAN Para Games is the shape of Myanmar Map depicted as a sprinter who is in the energetic momentum. The colour of the map yellow, green and red represents the national identity and with the sprinter holding the Asean Para Sports Federation logo at the tips of the finger, the games logo overall represents the successful holding of the 7th ASEAN Para Games in Myanmar.[12]

The Official mascot of the 2014 ASEAN Para Games is an owl named Ko Zee Gwet. It is said in Myanmar which is described as a country with civilisation, replicas of Owl are kept by people as lucky charms in their living rooms, work places and shops. The picture of an owl, is inscribed to bringforth success for Myanmar People and the athletes in their economy, carrier and competition while taking parts in the 7th ASEAN Para Games witnessed by spectators across Myanmar.[13]

Songs

Two songs were composed for the 2014 ASEAN Para Games. They were "Para Games" composed by a Myanmar singer which is the games theme song and "It means to you all" composed by Soe Moe Htet.

Sponsors

  • Senstech Malaysia
  • Nationman
  • Blue Ocean
  • Ossur
  • Ottoback
  • Coco Lighthouse

The Games

Opening ceremony

The Opening Ceremony was held in Wunna Theikdi Stadium in Naypyidaw - the capital of Myanmar on 14 January 2014 at 5:30pm [MST]. It was held according to the 15 items. Before the ceremony, singers, disabled persons performed with 10 songs including the 7th ASEAN Para Games Theme Song -"Para Games". The Ceremony started by the Countdown program which 1,200 students performed and the Opening Ceremony began. Vice-President Dr. Sai Mauk Kham official opened the 7th ASEAN Para Games.Torch relay was passed through the hands of nine former Myanmar athletes. For the lighting of the ASEAN Para Games flame, the 11 gold medalist athletic player U Kyaw Khaing lit the flame to the top of the flower cauldron by javelin to the target and the flame fired to the top of the cauldron. Then, the ceremony continued by the 4 performances - Myanmar traditional and culture dances- including the performance called " The bank of Pollen " which was performed by hundreds of the deaf children from Mary Chafmine School. The Opening Ceremony concluded successfully at 9:30pm.

Closing ceremony

The Closing Ceremony was held on 20 January 2014 at 6:00pm [MST]. It was held according to the 10 items. At the start of the ceremony, 3 songs and 3 performances including the 7th ASEAN Para Games Theme Song. Then, the ceremony was held according to the items. Vice-President U Nyan Tun officially closed the ceremony and fireworks went round the stadium. Myanmar then handed over the Para Sports Federation flag to Singapore - the host country of the 2015 ASEAN Para Games. Kelvin Tan from Singapore entertained with an incredible song " Treasure Every Moment " accompanied by wheel chair Samba dance. After that, the ceremony was concluded by the performance " We'll meet again " which was also performed at the 27th SEA Games Myanmar closing ceremony and then songs were sung by Myanmar famous singers and kids. Singapore also hosted the 2015 Southeast Asian Games in June 2015.

Participating nations

The number of athletes competed for each nation is shown in parenthesis. Around 1482 athletes had participated in the games.

Did not enter
  • Timor-Leste was absent from the 2014 games edition because of a lack of funds.[14]

Sports

Twelve sports were contested in this edition of ASEAN Para Games.[15]

Medal table

A total of 1000 medals, comprising 359 gold medals, 330 silver medals and 311 bronze medals were awarded to athletes. The host Myanmar's performance was the best ever yet in ASEAN Para Games history, and were placed fifth overall among participating nations.[16][17][18]

Template:2014 ASEAN Para Games medal table

See also

References

External links


Preceded by
2011
Surakarta, Indonesia
ASEAN Para Games Succeeded by
2015
Singapore
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