Cambodia is set to host the ASEAN Para Games for the first time in June ©ASEAN

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Para Sports Federation (APSF) has called on stakeholders to "strive collectively" to ensure the successful hosting of the 2023 ASEAN Para Games.

The Games are set to take place in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh from June 3 to 9 for the first time ever.

"APSF has had two physical meetings and a series of virtual meetings with the Organising Committee (OC) with positive outcomes, involving various committees including sports, technical, medical, anti-doping, transportation, accommodation and catering committees,” said APSF secretary general Wandee Tosuwan.

"We need to build on the momentum following the successful organisation of the 11th ASEAN Para Games in Solo last year, despite the pandemic.

"The OC and APSF need to work closely as we look forward to another inspiring Games which will leave meaningful legacies not only to the people of Cambodia but also to the ASEAN population as a whole."

A total of 13 sports are set to feature at the 2023 ASEAN Para Games while esports is appearing as a demonstration event ©ASEAN
A total of 13 sports are set to feature at the 2023 ASEAN Para Games while esports is appearing as a demonstration event ©ASEAN

A programme of 13 sports is set to feature at the event while esports is appearing as a demonstration sport for the first time.

More than 2,500 athletes and officials are due to take part.

Athletics, badminton, boccia, chess, goalball, five and seven-a-side football, judo, powerlifting, swimming, table tennis, sitting volleyball, and wheelchair basketball, are all scheduled to be on the programme for the event.

"On behalf of the APSF Board of Governors and Executive Committee, I congratulate the Government of Cambodia and the Organising Committee for its commitment in striving to ensure that the 12th ASEAN Para Games in June will be organised in the best possible atmosphere, with safety, well-being and comfort of our participating athletes given as top priority," said APSF President Osoth Bhavilai in conjunction with a 100-day countdown celebration in Phnom Penh.

"APSF, as in the past, will continue to collaborate and assist host nations in the best possible way to ensure that the Games is held fairly and in full spirit of sportsmanship… most importantly, uphold the spirit of solidarity and equality for our athletes."