ASEAN Para Games in Singapore draws to a close

ASEAN Para Games in Singapore draws to a close

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will grace the closing ceremony of the biannual multi-sport extravaganza.

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SINGAPORE: The eighth edition of the ASEAN Para Games held its closing ceremony on Wednesday evening (Dec 9) at Marina Bay Sands.

Around 3,500 participating athletes and guests were treated to a night of dance and musical performances.

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Games mascot Nila joins the fun at the Closing Ceremony. (Photo: Ngau Kai Yan)

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Athletes treated to music and dance performances by the likes of Nan Hua High and One Voice. (Photos: Ngau Kai Yan)

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Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was the guest-of-honour and he declared the Games officially closed.

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Minister Grace Fu passes the flag to Mr M Saravanan of new Games hosts Malaysia. (Photo: Ngau Kai Yan)

The Games cauldron was concurrently extinguished, but not before Minister of Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu handed the Games flag over to Mr M Saravanan of next host country Malaysia.

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Minister Grace Fu receiving a tiger plushie from Mr M Saravanan after the passing of the flag. (Photo: Ngau Kai Yan)

In an earlier speech, Ms Fu praised the athletes for "fantastic performances" and displays of "resilience and indomitable human spirit".

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Singapore swimmers Yip Pin Xiu (left) and Theresa Goh (right) take a selfie with Minister Grace Fu and PM Lee at the end of the ceremony. (Photo: Ngau Kai Yan)

"Our very own swimmer Yip Pin Xiu, swimming against competitors three classes above her, broke the world record for the women's 50m backstroke," she said. "Jason Chee rose to the occasion and won one gold and one silver for Singapore barely three years after his tragic accident."

"Their fighting spirit epitomises the values of the ASEAN Para Games."

IT'S A WRAP: The ASEAN Para Games 2015 flame has been extinguished. (Video: Justin Ong)

Posted by Channel NewsAsia Singapore on Wednesday, 9 December 2015

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Source: CNA/ek