The Closing Ceremony for the 4th Asian Para Games took place tonight (Saturday 28th October) and signalled the end to 6 days of competition that saw 3020 athletes compete in 502 medal events.
Speaking at the Ceremony, President of the Asian Paralympic Committee declared that the games had surpassed his expectations and taken the Asian Paralympic Movement to a new level.
He went on to state that 33 NPCS were on the medal table and this was the most ever. He congratulated Yemen, Nepal and Kyrgyzstan for winning their first ever Asian Para Games medal and outlined that many records had been broken during the Games, including 279 Asian Games records, 71 Asian records and 20 World Records
Addressing the athletes he said; “Athletes, you have inspired us all with your performances and you have shown the world that there are no limits to what can be achieved with determination and courage.
“All of this shows that the Paralympic Movement in Asia is getting stronger.
“And as I’ve always said that we are stronger together.”
He thanked the people behind the success of the Games; HAPGOC, the local and Chinese government, the volunteers, sponsors and the media.
Competition concluded earlier in the day, with China beating I.R. Iran in Blind Football 2-1 on penalties after the game finished 0-0 at full time. The Rowing events ended with China taking four of the Gold medals and Uzbekistan the remaining one
When the final medals were tallied, China sat on top of the medal table with a staggering 521 medals, 214 of which were Gold. I.R. Iran were in second place and Japan, host country of the next Asian Para Games were in third.