2008 ASEAN Para Games

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4th ASEAN Para Games
2008 ASEAN Para Games logo.jpg
Host city Nakhon Ratchasima
Country Thailand
Motto Friendship, Equality, Opportunity
Nations participating 11
Athletes participating 1000
Events 488
Sports 14
Opening ceremony 20 January 2008
Closing ceremony 26 January 2008
Officially opened by Surayud Chulanont
Prime Minister of Thailand
Ceremony venue 80th Birthday Stadium
Website 2008 ASEAN Para Games
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The 2008 ASEAN Para Games, officially known as the 4th ASEAN Para Games, was a Southeast Asian disabled multi-sport event held in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand from 20 to 26 January 2008, one month after the 2007 Southeast Asian Games. This was the first time Thailand hosted the ASEAN Para Games.

Around 1000 athletes from 11 participating nations participated at the games which featured 488 events in 14 sports. Thailand is the fourth nation to host the games after Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines.[1] The games was opened and closed by Surayud Chulanont, the Prime Minister of Thailand at the 80th Birthday Stadium.

The final medal tally was led by host Thailand, followed by Malaysia and Vietnam. Several Asian, games and national records were broken during the games. The games were deemed generally successful with the rising standard of disabled sports competition amongst the Southeast Asian nations.


Development and preparation[edit]

The 4th ASEAN Para Games Organising Committee was formed to oversee the staging of the games.


The 4th ASEAN Para Games had 14 venues for the games.[2]

Province Competition venue Sports
Nakhon Ratchasima 80th Birthday Sports Complex
80th Birthday Stadium Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Athletics
Gymnasium Boccia, Goalball
Swimming Pool Swimming
Tennis Court Wheelchair tennis
Suranaree University of Technology
Campus Compound Classification
Football Stadium Archery
Suranareepirom Building Badminton
Surasammanakan Building Chess
Surapat 3 Building Fencing
Shooting Field shooting
Surapat 2 Building 3rd Floor Table tennis
Keelapirom Building Wheelchair Basketball
Rajamangala of Technology Isan Judo
Chanapolkhan Institute of Technology Powerlifting



Nok-Kao Karom, the dove, the Official Mascot of the Games

The logo of the 2008 ASEAN Para Games is the Chumpol Gate, a historical place in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. Chumpol Gate represents victory. It also denotes the exquisite Thai art and culture. Curvy blue and red lines represent the pageantry of fluttering flags leading eager, excited athletes marching into the stadium. The ASEAN Para Sports Federation logo sits in the center of the emblem, representing friendship and co-operation between participants from ASEAN countries.[3]


The mascot of the 2008 ASEAN Para Games, is a dove named Nok-Khao karom which is recognised as a symbol of Nakhon Ratchasima Province. Nok-Khao Karom is a local animal name of Nakhon Ratchasima for dove. Karom is described as a wise, cheerful, gentle, and friendly, reflecting the characteristics of Thai people. The name of the dove is also the abbreviation of the games' values namely, Kind, Appreciation, Reliable, Optimistic, and Manners.[4]

The games[edit]

Opening ceremony[edit]

The opening ceremony was held at the 80th Birthday Stadium on 20 January 2008 at 19:00 (TST). The games was declared opened by Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont.[5][6]

Closing ceremony[edit]

The closing ceremony was held at the 80th Birthday Stadium on 26 January 2008 at 19:00 (TST). The ASEAN Para Games responsibilities was officially handed over to Malaysia, host of the 2009 ASEAN Para Games after Laos, the host of the 2009 Southeast Asian Games, declined to host the games, citing financial difficulties.

Participating nations[edit]


Medal table[edit]

A total of 1052 medals comprising 488 gold medals, 320 silver medals and 244 bronze medals were awarded to athletes. The Host Thailand's performance was their best ever yet in ASEAN Para Games History and emerged as overall champion of the games.[7][8]


  *   Host nation (Thailand)

2008 ASEAN Para Games medal table
 Rank  NPC Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Thailand (THA)* 257 109 84 450
2  Malaysia (MAS) 82 74 46 202
3  Vietnam (VIE) 78 66 43 187
4  Indonesia (INA) 33 25 18 76
5  Philippines (PHI) 17 21 21 59
6  Myanmar (MYA) 12 11 12 35
7  Singapore (SIN) 6 8 5 19
8  Brunei (BRU) 3 4 10 17
9  Laos (LAO) 0 1 3 4
10  Cambodia (CAM) 0 1 0 1
11  Timor-Leste (TLS) 0 0 2 2
Total (11 NPCs) 488 320 244 1052

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Next in Korat, the Asean Para Games". 
  2. ^ "Schedule". 28 January 2008. Archived from the original on 28 January 2008. 
  3. ^ "Official Website of the games". 28 January 2008. Archived from the original on 28 January 2008. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "Official Website of the games". 28 January 2008. Archived from the original on 28 January 2008. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "Disabled athletes get set as games open in Thailand". 
  6. ^ "4th ASEAN Para Games Opening Ceremony". 
  7. ^ "Medal table". Archived from the original on 23 February 2008. 
  8. ^ "The heat of KL09 is felt". Kosmo. 

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Preceded by
Manila, Philippines
ASEAN Para Games Succeeded by
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia