|The Vietnamese athletes seen at the send-off ceremony to the 12th ASEAN Para Games. VNA/VNS Photo|
ASEAN Para Games
HÀ NỘI — Cambodia has announced that the ASEAN Para Games 12 will be free to fans to attend.
Tea Banh, chairman of Cambodia's National Organising Committee of the 32nd SEA Games and 12th ASEAN Para Games (CAMSOC-CAMAPGOC), said at the press conference held at Moradok Techo Stadium that Cambodia would ensure the successful organisation of the ASEAN Para Games 12 as they did at the SEA Games 32.
The host country will provide free tickets to all spectators, free accommodation and food services for members of sports delegations, an grant free broadcasting rights to media partners.
Banh said Cambodia would try to organise the event to introduce a peaceful, developed, hospitable Cambodia.
"ASEAN Para Games still has all 11 Southeast Asian countries participating, with about 2,600 members, of which there are 1,400 athletes," Banh said. "This number is not high, but this is a great tournament for people with disabilities. They worked hard to be in the tournament."
This year, the Games will take place on June 3-9 at Morodok Techo Stadium, Olympic Stadium and some other competition venues in Phnom Penh capital.
Earlier, Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen also said that the opening and closing ceremonies of the coming ASEAN Para Games would be comparable to those of the SEA Games 32 that the country held earlier in May.
The Prime Minister conveyed the message at a meeting with 19,000 workers at the Royal Group Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone in Phnom Penh, calling on workers and the entire people of the host country to support the regional sports event for athletes with disabilities.
Việt Nam team will compete in the ASEAN Para Games with 164 members, including 16 officials, 21 coaches and 127 athletes. The athletes will compete in eight out of 14 sports at the tournament, namely track-and-field, swimming, weightlifting, badminton, table tennis, chess, judo, and boccia.
At the 11th ASEAN Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Việt Nam claimed 183 medals last year, including 65 golds, 62 silvers and 56 bronzes, ranking third on the medal tally. VNS