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KUALA LUMPUR, April 16 -- Vietnam has confirmed that only 11 sports are to be contested at this year 11th ASEAN Para Games in Hanoi this December, although there was a demand for four more sports to be added.
According to the statement from Vietnam ASEAN Para Games Organising Committee (VIEAPGOC), they have officially informed the ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) that the Vietnam government and related authorities were unable to fulfil the proposal to include four additional sports proposed for the biennial games.
“The government of Vietnam and related authorities would not be able to meet the proposal made by the APSF Board of Governors (BoG), due to economic reasons and difficulties in preparing venues and facilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to the VIEAPGOC, today.
The proposal to add four more sports, namely, wheelchair basketball, CP football, cycling and sitting volleyball, to the existing 11 sports was made by BoG during its meeting on Feb 25, involving all 10 member countries.
It was made based on the final findings of the expression of interest (EOI), which declared that the four sports surpassed the criteria for selection, with more than four nations supporting their inclusion in the games.
BoG already endorsed 11 sports to be contested in this year's event, namely athletics, archery, badminton, boccia, chess, goalball, judo, powerlifting, swimming, table tennis and wheelchair tennis.
This year, Vietnam will be hosting the ASEAN Para Games for the second time, after 18 years. The country last hosted the games in 2003, when only five sports were contested.
A total of 16 sports were contested in the previous games, held in Kuala Lumpur in 2017, as well as at the ASEAN Para Games in Manila, which was initially scheduled for January 2020, but cancelled following the COVID-19 outbreak.