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Asian Para Games
AbbreviationAPG
First event 2010 Asian Para Games in Guangzhou, China
Occur everyfour years
Last event 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia
Purpose Multi-sport event for athletes with disabilities from nations in  Asia

The Asian Para Games is a multi-sport event regulated by the Asian Paralympic Committee that held every four years after every Asian Games for athletes with physical disabilities. The Games are recognized by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and are described as the second largest multi-sport event after the Paralympic Games.

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.

History

Prior formation

Before the Asian Para Games were held, a gathering known as the FESPIC Games existed and was participated 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]

Formation

The Asian Para Games superseded the FESPIC Games, which was dissolved alongside the FESPIC Federation, the governing body of the games and the Asian Paralympic Council was renamed as the Asian Paralympic Committee at the closing of the final FESPIC edition held 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 after the formation of the Asian Paralympic Council. The 2nd edition was held in 2014 Incheon, South Korea. [2]

List of Asian Para Games

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.
I 2010 Guangzhou   China Vice Premier Li Keqiang 12 December 19 December 41 2,405 19 341   China (CHN) [3]
II 2014 Incheon   South Korea Prime Minister Chung Hong-won 18 October 24 October 41 2,497 23 443   China (CHN) [4]
III 2018 Jakarta   Indonesia President Joko Widodo 6 October 13 October 43 2,757 18 506   China (CHN) [5]
IV 2022 Hangzhou   China Future event
V 2026 Nagoya   Japan Future event

Sports

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
Chess 2018 only
Cycling Since 2010
Football 5-a-side 2010 – 2014
Football 7-a-side 2010 – 2014
Goalball Since 2010
Judo Since 2010
Lawn Bowls Since 2014
Sport Years
Powerlifting Since 2010
Rowing 2010 – 2014
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

Mascots

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

Medal count

Of the 44 National Asian Paralympic Committee 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.

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

References

  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. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
  4. ^ "2nd APG Incheon 2014". APC. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  5. ^ "3rd APG Jakarta 2018". APC. Retrieved 6 October 2018.

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