What you need to know about the 9th ASEAN Para Games
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The 2017 SEA Games ended spectacularly especially for Malaysia whereby the national contingent delivered a total of 145 gold medals in the final tally. But the fight is not over yet for some of our athletes as the 9th ASEAN Para Games is up next. Here's the gist of all you need to know about the Games:
1. When is it happening: 17-23 September 2017
2. There'll be 16 different sporting events contested.
3. These events are: Boccia, Chess, CP Football, Football 5-A-Side, Goalball, Para Archery, Para Athletics, Para Badminton, Para Cycling, Para Powerlifting, Para Swimming, Para Table Tennis, Sitting Volleyball, Tenpin Bowling, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Tennis.
4. Malaysia's target for the biennial Games is 103 gold medals. The national contingent for this year (326 athletes and 167 officials) will be competing in all 16 sports and 289 events.
5. The overall winner for the last 2015 ASEAN Para Games in Singapore was Thailand with 250 medals (95 golds, 76 silvers and 79 bronzes). That year, Team Malaysia achieved 52 golds, 58 silvers and 37 bronzes to finish third in the overall standing.
6. There is a total of 368 gold medals up for grabs.
7. This is Malaysia's third time to host the Games since 2001.
8. The venues for the Games include the Malaysian International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) - for chess, boccia, goalball, ping pong, powerlifting, seating volleyball and wheelchair basketball - Kuala Lumpur Sports City Bukit Jalil, National Velodrome in Nilai, National Tennis Centre in Jalan Duta, Sunway Mega Lanes (bowling) and Putrajaya (cycling).
9. You can get the schedule for the Games here.
10. There will be shuttle services within the KL Sports City (KLSC) area to ferry spectators to several main stops such as the National Hockey Stadium, Bukit Jalil National Stadium, National Aquatic Centre, Axiata Arena and National Sports Council.
11. Admission is free to the venues for the Games and the opening ceremony.
12. Yuna will be performing at both the opening and closing ceremonies.
13. All online entry passes to the opening ceremony have been fully redeemed but you can still get a pass at the National Stadium from 2pm to 6pm on 16 September and from 10am to 8pm on 17 September. These will, however, be distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis.
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