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ASEAN Para Games postponed until March

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 21, 2019   /   06:35 pm
ASEAN Para Games postponed until March Youth and Sports Ministry spokesperson Gatot S. Dewa Broto (right) briefs the press on Indonesia's preparation for the 10th ASEAN Para Games in Jakarta on Dec. 16. Gatot was accompanied by National Paralympic Committee (NPC) president Senny Marbun (third right), NPC deputy secretary-general Rima Ferdiyanto (third left) and chef de mission Andi Herman (second right) at the event. (JP/Ramadani Saputra)

The Philippines National Paralympic Committee has announced that the 10th ASEAN Para Games will be postponed to March next year. 

In an official letter received by the Youth and Sports Ministry on Dec. 20, the ASEAN Para Games Committee notified that the Games, which were supposed to take place in the Philippines in January, would be delayed until March. 

The Philippines National Paralympic Committee head, Michael Barredo, informed ASEAN Para Sport Federation president Osoth Bhavilai that the Philippines had been preparing the ASEAN Para Games for two years.

However, the committee identified the possibility of postponing the event through a series of meetings from Dec. 12 to 15,  resulting in the committee's decision to delay the event. 

"The ministry has known about the delay since Dec. 17, but we did not inform the public immediately since the Philippines did not issue an official notification at that time," the ministry said in a statement available to The Jakarta Post on Saturday. 

"We understand the situation and appreciate the committee for the decision. We hope the delay will give enough time for the committee to improve their preparation." 

The ministry said the extra time would be used to extend training for Indonesian athletes. (dpk)