Rangoon (Mizzima) – Two hundred Burmese physically impaired athletes will contest in 12 sports in the Seventh Asean Para Games (APSF) in Burma in December 2013, Major General Nay Win, the president of the Myanmar Parasports Federation, said in a meeting in Naypyitaw.
Burma will host the 27th SEA Games, followed by the Seventh Asean Para Games, in Naypyitaw, Rangoon and Mandalay because Asean Para Games are usually hosted by the same country that host the SEA Games.
APSF officials said they were satisfied with Burma’s special preparations to serve the physically impaired athletes needs. He said Burma’s venues would meet world class standards and Burma could be one of the sports leaders in Asean by 2013.
“Our athletes will compete in track and field, swimming, table tennis, sitting volley ball, chess for the blind, gun shooting, soccer for the blind, weight lifting, bowling, golf, archery and basket ball,” said Major General Nay Win.
Thirty-six Burmese athletes competed in the Sixth Asean Para Games held in Indonesia and won a total of 34 medals.
“Training the athletes in camp as preparation for competing in the Para Games, we need to spend an estimated 442 million kyat,” he said.
He added that to host the games, Burma will provide vehicles for handicapped athletes, hostels, sports villages and volunteers.
Burma competed with Singapore to host the 27th SEA Games. Singapore withdrew its hosting rights due to expected delays in the completion of its new national stadium.