PARA GAMES: WILLING AND ABLE TO DELIVER

One way forward for disability sport in Singapore is the education of sports followers. Photo SPORT SINGAPORE

With the 8th ASEAN Para Games underway in Singapore, will this community of athletes find a place among the celebrated heroes of the nation? The work has begun, but more needs to be done.

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The 8th Asean Para Games (APG) kicked off to a grand start at the Singapore Indoor Stadium last night and its success depends whether Singaporeans and the corporate community will take it forward beyond the week-long event.

Singapore ASEAN Para Games Organising Committee (SAPGOC) Executive Committee Chairman Lim Teck Yin added that the Government had pulled all the stops to make the regional event the best in the series.

About $75 million, he said, has been set aside to put the APG together that will see over 1,000 athletes from 10 Southeast Asian nations competing for honours until Dec 9.

But there is already some success, said Lim, in the over 4,000 volunteers, who have stepped forward to help.

“They are the ones who day-in, day-out sit in the safety boat as the sailors train,” he told SIX-SIX.COM. “They are the ones who move around the table tennis table to pick up the ball. They are the ones who set up the field of play and transport the athletes to the training venues.

“But the thing here is we as Government and the volunteers will not be able to do this alone. Going forward, we need the people’s involvement and we need corporate involvement. And the real success beyond the Games is will they stay involved? Will they step forward to directly contribute to the effort?”

This story first appeared at Six-six.com. Read the full article here: Willing and able to deliver