After seven days of raw emotion and celebrations, the 8th ASEAN Para Games (APG) was declared “the best Games ever” by President of ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) Dato Zainal Abu Zarin as the APG finally came to a close on Wednesday.
Flag bearers on stage with mascot Nila. Photo: SAPGOC
“Tonight’s closing ceremony marks the end of another great and inspiring Games,” he said.
“But my colleagues and I in APSF have concluded that, the 8th ASEAN Para Games here, will be remembered as the “Best Games Ever” in the 15-year history of our Games.”
About three thousand people gathered at the Grand Ballroom in Marina Bay Sands to witness the APG Closing Ceremony, where Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong declared the APG closed.
Pre-show performance "One Voice, One Heart". Photo: SAPGOC
President of ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) Dato Zainal Abu Zarin said this APG was a particularly moving one that had inspired him greatly.
“In the last 7 days, we have all witnessed and experienced many great and inspiring moments. Moments filled with excitement, thrills, joy as well as despair and dejection,” he said.
“It has been an incredible journey, an experience that we all will cherish forever.”
Keeping with tradition, the APG cauldron was extinguished and the flag was passed from Minister Fu to Malaysian Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk Saravanan Murugan.
Singapore's Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu (centre) and President of the ASEAN Sports Federation Dato Zainal Abu Zarin take part in the flag handover ceremony. Photo: SAPGOC
Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu said this past week has shown everyone that the APG was not just about celebrating medals and victories, but instead about celebrating unquantifiable mental strength while breaking barriers.”
“You have shown us that the APG is not only about winning and sporting excellence. It is about resilience and the indomitable human spirit," she said.
"Malaysian swimmer Yeo Yi Lin collapsed moments before her 400 Metres Freestyle race, but nevertheless carried on and finished the race.”
Singapore’s APG Chef de Mission Raja Singh said this APG was leaps and bounds better than other disability sport competitions he had been to overseas.
“I have been to many big games in disability sport. The awareness and publicly they get is much lesser than what we have got,” he said.
“We really had good coverage for our sports and that has really lifted every Singaporean to know about disability sport.”
In the final day of action, Thailand finished on top of the medal table with an unmatched 95 gold medals and a grand total of 250 medals in all.
Indonesia, who showed their prowess in track and field yet again, finished second in the table, with 81 gold medals and 218 overall.
Malaysia were third with 52 golds and 147 overall medals while Vietnam had 48 golds and 156 total medals and Singapore were next with 24 golds.
The final day concluded with Thailand beating Myanmar 3-0 in the CP Football final with Singapore picking up bronze after beating ‘Causeway’ rivals Malaysia in the third-place game.