2011 ASEAN Para Games
|6th ASEAN ParaGames|
Motto: "United & rising through sports for all"
|Opening ceremony||15 December|
|Closing ceremony||20 December|
|Officially opened by||Boediono
Vice-President of the Republic of Indonesia
|Officially closed by||Agung Laksono
Coordinating Minister of People's Welfare of the Republic of Indonesia
|Ceremony venue||Manahan Stadium, Surakarta|
The 6th ASEAN Para Games, Indonesia 2011 was held 15–20 December 2011, in Surakarta (Solo), Central Java, Indonesia. Solo's Manahan Stadium was the main Games venue. Patterned after the Paralympic Games, the ASEAN Para Games is a biannual regional multisport event held 2 weeks after the end of every Southeast Asian Games. Physically challenged athletes with mobility and visual disabilities, amputees or those with cerebral palsy from ASEAN member nations - Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam compete in these Games.
The APG serves as a regional-level multisport event to prepare physically challenged ASEAN athletes to compete in the Paralympic Games. Aside from promoting friendship and solidarity among persons with disabilities in the ASEAN region through sports, the Games also hopes to promote and develop sports for the differently-abled, apart from to rehabilitating and integrating persons with disability into mainstream society through sports.
The ASEAN ParaGames is traditionally hosted by the same country and sport venues where the Southeast Asian Games took place. Lack of accessible facilities or inexperience in catering to the needs for disabled sport has recently triggered hosting city substitutions like Nakhon Ratchasima rather than Bangkok in the 2008 ASEAN ParaGames, or a change of country–Malaysia rather than Laos for the 2009 ASEAN ParaGames. This trend continues with the substitution of Solo rather than Jakarta in this edition of the Para Games. Indonesia hosted the ASEAN Para Games for the first time.
The Indonesian ASEAN Para Games Organising Committee (INASOC) is the organising committee for the 6th ASEAN Para Games. INASPOC is chaired by Prof. James Tangkudong under the aegis of the National Paralympic Committee of Indonesia (NPC Indonesia).
The official 6th ASEAN ParaGames Logo includes the ASEAN Para Sports Federation within the Garuda graphic of the 2011 SEA Games logo. The national symbol of Indonesia, the Garuda represents strength, its wings epitomise glory and splendor. The green strokes symbolise the islands, forests and mountainous terrain of the Indonesian archipelago, while the blue strokes represents the vast Nusantara ocean which unifies differences. Land and water or Tanah Air in Indonesian means fatherland. Red strokes represent courage, zeal and burning passion to give the best for the country.
The official mascot of the ASEAN Para Games 2011 are Modo and Modi, a pair of Komodo dragons. This mascot was adopted from a real animal endemic to Indonesia. Komodo dragons are found in the Komodo National Park. The dragon was selected as the mascot of the ASEAN Para Games 2011, Indonesia to promote the Komodo National Park as a candidate for the New 7 Wonders of Nature online contest.
Modo is a male Komodo dragon dressed in a dark brown surjan comodo, traditional clothing of Central Java, with dark brown pants and a batik blangkon headcloth (a typical Javanese male headcover). Meanwhile female dragon Modi wears a fashionable bun konde or wig headdress to accent her batik kebaya.
"Modo," short for Komodo, while "Modo-Modi" is similar to the Indonesian word Muda-Mudi or "youth" which refers to the youth of Indonesia. Modo and Modi are hardworking, honest, fair, friendly and represent sportsmanship. Modo and Modi reflect the positive personality of Indonesia, preserve the harmony of co-operation and promote friendship among participating countries in the ASEAN Para Games.
The 6th ASEAN Para Games was hosted by Surakarta, Central Java. Better known by its informal name Solo, Surakarta is a popular destination for tourists travelling from nearby Yogyakarta en route for Bali. Surakarta's main tourist attraction Keraton Surakarta, the palace of Susuhunan Pakubuwono is also the Princely Javanese court of Mangkunegaran. Pasar Gede is often visited by tourists, mostly for its unique architecture and fame as the biggest traditional market. Solo is also famous for producing fine quality Javanese batik.
Surakarta is located 60 kilometers from Yogyakarta and shares many UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Candi Borobudur and Candi Prambanan. Candi Ratu Boko, Candi Kalasan, and many other Candi or ancient temples are historical tourist sights. Surakarta is located much closer to Candi Cetho and Candi Sukuh on the slopes of Mount Lawu.
Opening and closing ceremony
Sacred flame taken from the Mrapen eternal flame lit the torch during the opening ceremony held 15 December 2011 in Manahan Stadium. Boediono, the Indonesian Vice-President officially opened the Games. Batik, the nation and the city's traditional cloth was the main icon in the opening ceremony.
Pouring rain failed to dampen the spirits of jubilant athletes, fans, officials and entertainers during the closing ceremony held five days later in the same venue. Traditional Javanese dances were performed and the famed marching band from Surakarta State University likewise entertained spectators. The Games was officially closed by Agung Laksono, Coordinating Minister of People's Welfare of the Republic of Indonesia.
Wisma Donohudan (Kompleks Haji) in Surakarta was the main athletes village (wisma atlet) during the Games. Accommodation for athletes and their families, as well as other members of the contingent in Surakarta:
- Family Hotel: Hotel Sunan, Surakarta (Solo)
- Surakarta Hotels for Technical Officials, Classifiers & ITOs.: Hotel Agas and Hotel Sahid
Indonesian Paralympic Organising Committee (INASPOC) President James Tangkudung confirmed the 11 sports selected - archery, athletics, badminton, chess, goalball, powerlifting, sitting volleyball, swimming, table tennis, ten pin bowling and wheelchair tennis. Sailing which debuted as a medal sport in the 2009 ASEAN ParaGames, was not included by the organisers in this edition of the Games, despite the 2011 SEA Games edition which includes Sailing in its sport line-up.
Venues and Schedule
Surakarta (Solo) sport venues as of December 2011
|1||Archery||AR||Sriwedari Stadium||16–19 December 2011|
|2||Athletics||AT||Manahan Stadium||16–19 December 2011|
|3||Badminton||BA||Sritex Arena Sports Center||16–19 December 2011|
|4||Chess||CH||Pendopo Balaikota City Hall||15–19 December 2011|
|5||Goalball||GB||Nyi Ageng Karang Gymnasium Karanganyar||16–18 December 2011|
|6||Powerlifting||PO||Gedung Wanita Sport Hall||17–19 December 2011|
|7||Swimming||SW||Tirtomoyo Manahan Aquatic Centre||16–19 December 2011|
|8||Table Tennis||TT||Diamond Convention Center||15–20 December 2011|
|9||Ten-pin bowling||TB||Bengawan Sport Hall||16–19 December 2011|
|10||Sitting volleyball||VS||Manahan Sports Center||15–19 December 2011|
|11||Wheelchair tennis||WT||Manahan Tennis Court||15–19 December 2011|
Ten ASEAN members countries plus East Timor sent an estimated total of 2,000 athletes to compete. Host nation
|Total||870 athletes||374 official||11 Sports to be contested|
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- Vice President confirmed to open ParaGames
- The opening ceremony showcased unique Indonesian culture
- Sixth ASEAN ParaGames closed in the pouring rain
- Sixth ASEAN ParaGames closed under heavy rainfall
- "Sports schedule and venues, 6th ASEAN PARA GAMES".
- "Timor-Leste to join ASEAN Para Games".
- Official site: 2011 ASEAN PARA GAMES, Solo
- Central Java support site: 6th ASEAN PARA GAMES, Solo
- International Paralympic Committee
- Cerebral Palsy International Sport and Recreation Association
- International Blind Sports Association
- International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation
- Myanmar to host the 27th SEA Games in 2013 at the new capital City Nay Pyi Taw
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
|ASEAN ParaGames||Succeeded by
Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar