KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 16 -- The ASEAN Para Games Federation (APSF) has yet to decide or endorse on the number of sports to be contested at the 11th ASEAN Para Games scheduled in Hanoi, Vietnam, next year.
APSF president Major General Osoth Bhavilai said the number of sports to be featured in Hanoi 2021 will only be finalised after the completion of the Expression of Interest (EOI) exercise.
"The official EOI document has been sent out to all 10 member-countries and Timor Leste which needs to be returned to APSF by Oct 30.
"Once the collection of EOI is completed, APSF Executive Committee will convene a meeting to deliberate and consider the number and sports based on the respective National Paralympic Committees’ (NPCs) feedbacks before submitting an official proposal to the Board of Governors (BoG).
“The BOG is expected to hold its meeting in December this year," said Bhavilai in a statement, today.
He said the health and safety of athletes and officials are the priority, hence, careful measures and decisions are required to ensure that all sports to be featured in Games are risk-free and can be managed efficiently according to the COVID-19 SOPs.
Due to the pandemic, the organisation of the 11th ASEAN Para Games needs to be more detailed and managed efficiently according to the stipulated health procedures to protect contingents and athletes, he added.
Vietnam will be hosting the ASEAN Para Games for the second time after a lapse of 18 years, which the country last hosted the second edition of the Games in 2003 where only five sports were contested then.
Sixteen sports were lined up for the 10th ASEAN Para Games in the Philippines which was eventually cancelled due to the worsening COVID-19 pandemic.
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