The third Asian Para Games were held in Jakarta, Indonesia from October 6-13, 2018. A total of 2768 athletes from 43 nations participated in 18 sports (Paralympic and four non-Paralympic sports) that was competed over six days in several venues across Jakarta.

Indonesian President Wido Jokowi and Asian Paralympic Committee President Mr. Majid Rashed were among the dignitaries who graced the opening ceremony at the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium on October 6, 2018.  As many as 1500 performers, under the theme “Unity in Diversity”, performed in a spectacular show highlighting Indonesia’s diverse cultures contribute to its strength. 
History was also made on the occasion as unified Korea team marched for the first time at a Para-sport event even as cheers came for Bhutan, who made their debut at these Games, and the one-athlete Palestinian contingent. The hosts received the loudest cheers though as a 300-strong contingent marched aiming to break previous records. 
In his speech, Mr. Rashed highlighted the importance of these Games in developing the Paralympic movement in Asia. 
“We want the athletes’ performances to encourage and excite young disabled people across Asia; we want them to believe that there is no limit to what they can achieve. We want the barriers between people with disabilities and others to be broken down, and for society to become inclusive. This has started to happen here already.” 
As the Indonesia 2018 closed marking the end to the most successful Games ever, the Asian Paralympic Committee flag was handed over from Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan to the Deputy Mayor of the next host city Hangzhou, Wang Hong. 
Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla thanked everyone who had contributed to the success of the Games. “The 2018 Asian Para Games is more than a competition because this event involved humanity that embraces diversity and eliminates all stigmas.” 
China topped the medal table with a remarkable 172 gold medals, followed by South Korea, Iran and Japan, while the hosts Indonesia ended in fifth place overall with 37 gold medals. 
For further information on the 3rd Asian Para Games 2018, please visit the official website.

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