ASEAN Para Games
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First event2001 ASEAN Para Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Occur every2 years
Next event2026 ASEAN Para Games in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
PurposeMulti sport event for disabled people of the nations on the Southeast Asian sub-continent
HeadquartersKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
PresidentOsoth Bhavilai

The ASEAN Para Games is a biennial 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.


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]

Participating countries

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

List of ASEAN Para Games

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.[9]

The 11th ASEAN Para Games scheduled to be hosted by Vietnam was to be cancelled due to postponement for the 2021 Southeast Asian Games caused by COVID-19 pandemic. However Indonesia backed the Games and they were held in Surakarta between 30 July to 6 August.[10]

Indonesia has hosted ASEAN Para Games twice (2011 and 2022). Vietnam (2003), Philippines (2005), Thailand (2008), Myanmar (2014), Singapore (2015) and Cambodia (2023) have hosted one Para Games. Laos, Brunei and East Timor have yet to host their first ASEAN Para Games.

ASEAN Para Games is located in Southeast Asia
Host cities of ASEAN Para Games
Edition Year Host country Host city Opened by[a] Date Sports Events Nations Competitors Top-ranked team
1 2001  Malaysia Kuala Lumpur King Mizan Zainal Abidin [b] 26–29 October 2 341 10 ≈600  Malaysia (MAS)
2 2003  Vietnam Hanoi Prime Minister Phạm Gia Khiêm [c] 21–27 December 5 287 111 ≈800  Thailand (THA)
3 2005  Philippines Manila Mayor Lito Atienza [d] 14–20 December 10 394 11 ≈1000  Thailand (THA)
4 2008  Thailand Nakhon Ratchasima Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont [e] 20–26 January 14 488 11 ≈1000  Thailand (THA)
5 2009  Malaysia Kuala Lumpur2 Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi [f] 15–19 August 11 409 10 ≈1000  Thailand (THA)
6 2011  Indonesia Surakarta Vice President Boediono [g] 15–20 December 11 380 11 ≈1000  Thailand (THA)
7 2014  Myanmar Naypyidaw Vice President Sai Mauk Kham [h] 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 [i] 17–23 September 16 369 11 1452  Indonesia (INA)
10 2020  Philippines Various Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
11 2022  Indonesia Surakarta3 Vice President Ma'ruf Amin [j] 30 July–6 August 14 455 11 1248  Indonesia (INA)
12 2023  Cambodia Phnom Penh Prime Minister Hun Sen [k] 3–9 June 14 439 11 1453  Indonesia (INA)
13 2026  Thailand Nakhon Ratchasima 20-26 January 2026 Future event
14 2027  Malaysia Future event
15 2029  Singapore Future event
  1. ^ Names & offices in italics reflect an opener who was not head of state when opening the Games. If the office is partially italicized, the non-italicized portion is the office & name of the head of state being represented.
  2. ^ Representing Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, King of Malaysia.
  3. ^ Representing Trần Đức Lương, President of Vietnam.
  4. ^ Representing Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, President of Philippines.
  5. ^ Representing Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand.
  6. ^ Representing Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin, King of Malaysia.
  7. ^ Representing Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of Indonesia.
  8. ^ Representing Thein Sein, President of Myanmar.
  9. ^ Representing Sultan Muhammad V, King of Malaysia.
  10. ^ Representing Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia.
  11. ^ Representing Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia.

List of sports

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 table

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 2023 ASEAN Para Games.

1 Thailand12809307172927
2 Indonesia8617105342105
3 Malaysia7416375351913
4 Vietnam6345925881814
5 Myanmar210167180557
6 Philippines208248307763
7 Singapore130118123371
8 Brunei414467152
9 Cambodia235679158
10 East Timor941831
11 Laos0213354
Totals (11 entries)41373527318110845

See also


  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. ^ Chen, May (25 November 2015). "Timor Leste excluded due to IPC suspension". The Straits Times. Archived from the original on 25 November 2015.
  8. ^ List of Games edition
  9. ^ "2020 ASEAN Para Games officially canceled". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 30 October 2021.
  10. ^ Phu, Nghia. "Vietnam cancels hosting ASEAN Para Games - VnExpress International". VnExpress International – Latest news, business, travel and analysis from Vietnam. VnExpress. Retrieved 30 October 2021.