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Indonesia ready
for Paralympics

Malaysia is confident of Indonesia's capability to provide the necessary facilities and safety of paralympic athletes when hosting the ASEAN Para Games for the first time.

The ASEAN Para Games to be held in Solo, Indonesia from Dec 15-19, is parallel to the recently completed SEA Games for regular athletes and would feature about 2,000 paralympic athletes from 11 (10 ASEAN countries plus Timor Leste).

Malaysian Paralympics Council general manager Syed Mahadzir Syed Yassin said he had visited Solo where the Indonesia ASEAN Para Games Organizing Committee had shown their commitment towards staging a memorable games.

"I was informed that in terms of infrastructure, only five percent of the work has yet to be completed but all preparations and work will be completed before the games starts," he said.

He added that the authorities in Solo had also given their assurance that safety of the paralympic athletes would be under control.

"However, though the authorities have given their assurance on safety, the MPC and the National Sports Council will continue to monitor the situation of local athletes," he said.

Syed Mahadzir said all 120 athletes in the squad would be required to undergo a medical check up at the National Sports Institute before leaving to Solo on Monday.

Malaysia will take part in 10 sports, namely archery, athletics, badminton, goal ball, power lifting, swimming, table tennis, wheelchair volleyball, wheelchair tennis and tenpin bowling.

In the 2009 ASEAN Para Games hosted by Malaysia since Laos did not have the necessary facilities, Malaysia emerged as runner-up behind Thailand with 94 gold, 81 silver, 71 bronze while Thailand finished with 157 gold, 75 silver and 57 bronze medals.*PNA



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