The Asian Paralympic Committee (APC) on Thursday signed the Host City Contract with the Organising Committee for the Tashkent 2025 Asian Youth Para Games that is set to take place between September and October 2025.
The Tashkent 2025 Games will be the fifth edition of the Asian Youth Para Games and is expected to witness around 1000 athletes from a record 45 nations (earlier has been 43) taking part in 13 Para sports (that included 10 Paralympic sport). This will be the first time a multi-Para sport Games will be held in the Central Asian region, leaving a legacy at the region and inspire the Paralympic Movement.
This will be also the first time that the Asian Youth Games and Para Games will be hosted in the same city under the same Organising Committee, following the format of Asian Games and Asian Para Games.
The last edition of the Asian Youth Para Games was held in Manama, Bahrain in December 2021 which were participated by over 700 young athletes from 30 countries competing in nine sports.
At the end, Iran finished on top with 144 medals including 51 golds, followed by Thailand (38 gold) and Japan (32 gold). NPC Uzbekistan was handed over the APC flag from NPC Bahrain at the closing ceremony of the 2021 Games.
The signing ceremony, which was held virtually on Thursday, was attended by President Majid Rashed and CEO Tarek Souei representing Asian Paralympic Committee, while Minister of Youth Policy and Sports in Uzbekistan H.E. Ikramov Adkham Ilkhamovich and NPC Uzbekistan President H.E. Mukhtorkhon Tashkhodjaev were present from the organisers’ side.
Speaking at the ceremony, Rashed congratulated NPC Uzbekistan and the organisers on official confirmation of Tashkent, the Uzbek capital, as the host city.
“Today is an important day for us as we sign the host city contract for the Tashkent 2025 Games. As we aim to make an inclusive world, it’s important the Movement reaches every corner and especially our youth, the future. The Hangzhou 2022 Games are fast approaching but we are equally excited about the Tashkent 2025 Games.
“During my recent visit to Tashkent, I met with various officials and stakeholders of the Games and was happy to witness NPC Uzbekistan’s eagerness and enthusiasm to host the Games in 2025. We are also excited about the Olympic and Paralympic Town in Tashkent which will stage all the sport competitions in the same location.
“We are looking forward to a great event in 2025.”
Rashed also highlighted the huge growth of Paralympic Movement in Uzbekistan over the years when its athletes achieved excellent results in events including the recent Paris 2023 World Para Athletics Championships – Uzbekistan athletes were among the top Asian finishers with several gold medals.
He hoped that the nation will produce amazing result at the upcoming Hangzhou 2022 Asian Para Games with several podium finishes.
A proud NPC Uzbekistan President Tashkhodjaev had said: “We are an ambitious country and have steadily been increasing our delegation size and the number of medals won at both the Asian Para Games and the Paralympic Games. “Staging the 2025 Asian Youth Para Games shows our commitment to developing the next generation of Para athletes and we are delighted that our country will be welcoming the best of Asia’s youth to the Central Asian region in two years’ time.”