THE Philippines will hold the 10th Asean Para Games in January 2020, the Asean Para Sports Federation announced on Wednesday.
Members of the Asean Para Sports Federation are in the country for a two-day meeting to set the motion for the preparations of the country’s hosting in the Asean Para Games.
No less than International Paralympic Committee president Andrew Parsons is in the country to not only promote the paralympic movement but also to attend the Asean Para Sports Federation meeting.
Being the host of the Southeast Asian Games in 2019, the Philippines will also be the home of the Asean Para Games, a multisports event for differently-abled countries.
Philippine Paralympic Committee president Michael Barredo said the top agenda for the Asean Para Sports Federation is the number of sports to be played in the 2020 Asean Para Games. The federation will identify among the 22 the sports that will be played in the Philippines.
“Once we’ve decided the sporting events and the competition events, we will know how many athletes we will be hosting,” said Barredo during a press conference on Wednesday at the Shangrila The Fort.
The 22 sports are archery, athletics, badminton, boccia, cycling, football five-a-side, football seven-a-side, goalball, judo, powerlifting, sailing, shooting, swimming, tenpin bowling, table tennis, volley-sitting, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair dancesport, wheelchair fencing, wheelchair rugby, and wheelchair tennis.
Just like the SEA Games, Barredo said the Asean Para Games will be held in three hubs—Clark, Subic, and Manila.
The Philippines last hosted the Asean Para Games in 2005, with the country finishing sixth with 19 gold medals.
In KL 2017, the Philippines won 20 gold medals to claim fifth place in the overall standings.