Emphasis on equality!! Opening of the ASEAN Para Games – ‘Athiwat’ holds the flag to lead the Thai army.

Opening the ASEAN Para Games battle, emphasizing equality, Athiwat Phaengnua, a rising star wheelchair-racing player holding a flag to lead the Thai athletes

The 11th ASEAN Para Games for Persons with Disabilities “Zoro 2022” has officially opened the competition at the Manahan Stadium in the city of Solo. Indonesia on July 30, which is Indonesia’s second hosting in 11 years since 2011.

Host Indonesia held a simple but spectacular opening ceremony. with athletes with disabilities and officials of 11 ASEAN nations joined together in unison. The host emphasizes on simplicity. But it communicates the friendship of athletes with disabilities throughout the ASEAN region. The performances in each host reflect the local culture of Indonesia. More than 1,000 performers were used, emphasizing society’s importance on equality between disabled people and normal people.

In Thailand, there is Gen. Kumaan Thongnak, head of the Office of the Chairman of the Sports Committee of Thailand (SAT), along with personnel from SAT, the Paralympic Committee of Thailand, and the Sports Association for the Disabled of Thailand. , Sports Association for the Disabled, the Blind Sports Association, the Sports Association for the Intellectual Disabilities attended the ceremony.

While the parade was led by Mr. Phithak Pholkan, the head of the Thai athletes team. Followed by the Thai flag holder leading the procession into the field is “Fuu” Athiwat Phaengnua, a 19-year-old Thai wheelchair-racing star, a 19-year-old wheelchair-racing gold medalist, 100 meters, men’s class T54 sport. Paralympic Games 2020 in Tokyo Japan

As for the process of lighting the torches, several athletes will join the torch relay, led by Muhammad Fadli Imamuddin, a 37-year-old Indonesian paracyclist, who owns one gold, one silver and one medal. Bronze at the 2018 Asian Para Games, including Francisco Xavierus Hadi Rudyatmo, former Mayor of Solo Then it was the final show that officially opened the 11th ASEAN Para Games. After this, athletes with disabilities from 11 ASEAN nations will compete for the title of para sport in the ASEAN region until August 6.

For the disabled athletes, the Thai national team has won the ASEAN Para Games gold medal for 6 times from the past 9 competitions, including the 2nd time in 2003 in Vietnam, won 101 gold medals / the 3rd time in the Philippines in 2006. grabbed 139 gold medals / 4th time at Nakhon Ratchasima, won 256 gold medals / 5th time in Malaysia in 2009, got 157 gold in Singapore in 2015, won 95 gold medals

While the last ASEAN Para Games, the 9th time in Malaysia in 2017, Thai athletes ranked 3rd after Indonesia and Malaysia, with 68 gold medals, 73 silver medals, 95 bronze medals. The Thai national hopes for at least 70 gold medals.

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