Physical disabilities are no obstacle to athletes of the National Paralympic Committee (NPC) in competing at international multi-sport events. Indonesian athletes proudly represented the country at the latest edition of the ASEAN Para Games in Kuala Lumpur, which took place 17 days after the SEA Games 2017 in the Malaysian capital.
Our athletes competed against their regional rivals in several sporting events such as track and field, swimming, weightlifting, badminton, chess, table tennis, celebral palsy soccer, archery and sitting volleyball.
Hailing from across the archipelago from North Sumatra to Papua – from Jakarta to Central Java and West Java, from Kalimantan to Bali and Maluku – their unifying goal was to give their best shot for their country.
A total of 250 paralympics athletes trained for 10 months in preparation for the biennial games at the national training center in Surakarta, Central Java, provided by the Youth and Sports Ministry.
As of Thursday, Sept. 21, the Red-and- White squad had collected 91 gold, 53 silver and 38 bronze
medals to lead the medal tally. Host Malaysia tailed in second place with 71 golds, 65 silvers and 55
Indonesia aims to claim 107 golds to emerge overall champion of the 2017 ASEAN Para Games,
which will end on Saturday, Sept. 23. [yan]