In pictures: The 8th ASEAN Para Games Opening Ceremony

In pictures: The 8th ASEAN Para Games Opening Ceremony

The event celebrates ASEAN's finest para athletes and it features four movements, including a dance act set against a hand-drawn animation that will introduce the 15 sports at the Games.

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SINGAPORE: The ASEAN Para Games kicked off on Thursday (Dec 3) with the opening ceremony. A total of 661 performers were involved, along with 174 volunteers, 120 motivators and 454 students who spent months preparing for the show.

ASEAN Para Games all performers

Photo: Ngau Kai Yan

More than 3,000 athletes and officials from around the region were present at the opening ceremony.

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Team Singapore make their entrance at the ASEAN Para Games opening ceremony. (Photo: Ngau Kai Yan)

Singapore's President Tony Tan Keng Yam, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu and President of ASEAN Para Sports Federation Zainal Abu Zarin were present as well.

Tony Tan arrives at ASEAN Para Games

President Tony Tan Keng Yam arrives at the opening ceremony. (Photo: Ngau Kai Yan)

The show saw both able-bodied performers and the disabled working together to produce multiple movements. The aim of the show is to inspire and promote inclusiveness.

ASEAN Para Games peformers

Photo: Ngau Kai Yan

The show featured four movements celebrating the region's finest para athletes. It comprised performers from all walks of life, from a 15-year-old autistic dancer to a 78-year-old volunteer.

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Photo: Ngau Kai Yan

Singapore's first Paralympic gold medallist Yip Pin Xiu had the honour of lighting the cauldron as the ceremony drew to a close. Meanwhile, Team Singapore swimmer Benson Tan kicked off the torch relay at the ceremony.

ASEAN Para Games cauldron

The cauldron being lit at the end of the opening ceremony. (Photo: Ngau Kai Yan)

"I am very honoured to be given these roles, and I feel it's a new step towards para sports in Singapore," said the swimmer. "With the ASEAN Para Games being held in Singapore, it's the first time where a lot of other Singaporeans will have so much exposure and awareness to this Games. As a para-athlete, training and competing for the last 10 years, it really warms my heart to know that Singaporeans are so supportive of this."

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Swimmer Benson Tan begins the torch relay to light the ASEAN Para Games cauldron. (Photo: Justin Ong)

The Games, which will be held from Dec 3 to 9, will feature 15 sports. It will be held mainly at the Singapore Sports Hub and Marina Bay Sands.

ASEAN Para Games all performers

Photo: Justin Ong

ASEAN Para Games performers

Performers taking a wefie at the end of the opening ceremony. (Photo: Ngau Kai Yan)

Source: CNA/av/xq