Japan are Runaway Winners in AYPG 2013
By : APC Media
Date : October 30, 2013
KUALA LUMPUR (30 Oct) – Extraordinary performances in the athletics and swimming programmes paved the way for Japan to wrest the overall title with a grand total of 39 gold medals in the third Asian Youth Para Games which concluded here today.
In the five days of intense competition, Japan claimed a whopping 20 gold in athletics and 16 in swimming. They picked up three more in boccia.
The Japanese were the runaway leaders in the tally which saw Iran finishing second with 27 gold medals. China were third with 25 gold medals while Malaysia had to settle for fourth with 19.
While the Japanese were dominant in athletics and swimming, Iran also enjoyed a strong outing in track and field where they collected 16 gold medals.
The Iranian athletes swept up half of the six gold medals at stake in the sport of powerlifting and also won two golds each in swimming, table-tennis and wheelchair basketball. They were also single gold medals in goalball and volleyball sitting.
China, with 12 gold medals from athletics, brought down six gold medals in table tennis and another five in swimming.
Host Malaysia, meanwhile, won the bulk of their gold medals from athletics where they struck gold 14 times. Badminton and chess provided two golds each while the other was from table-tennis (doubles, Ahmad Syahir and Chee Chao Ming).
Chef-de-mission John Ng was delighted with the result. “This was an excellent achievement and our success here proves that we have hope for the future. I am very proud of the athletes and their commitment to this event.
“The AYPG has proven that we have many potential athletes. But our search for more athletes will continue.”
The Games came to end on Wednesday and was closed in an official ceremony held at the Putra Stadium near here.
Asian Paralympic Committee (APC) President Dato Zainal Abu Zarin declared the Games officially closed after five days of competition which saw 14 sports contested at 14 venues around the city and Shah Alam.
“This has been a great journey, great moment to all of us. There were moments of joy and laughter, agony and despair, as athletes from all the 5 sub regions in Asia, converged here to compete in Kuala Lumpur since last week. These are our future stars, future heroes and future hopes. To all our athletes and all contingents, congratulations! We salute you!” said Zainal in his speech.
The APC flag were then lowered and handed over by Vice President of the Local Organising Committee (MAYPGOC) Assoc. Prof Dr Anuar Suun to APC President.
A total of 1,274 athletes and officials from 28 nations participated in the 5-day Games hosted and organised by Paralympic Council of Malaysia (PCM) and Asian Paralympic Committee (APC).