The 2022 ASEAN Para Games (APG) Surakarta was officially opened, at the opening ceremony at the Manahan Stadium, Solo, Saturday (30/7) night. The Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia, Ma’ruf Amin, directly opened the sports party for athletes with disabilities.
The 2022 APG event in Surakarta is the first since Kuala Lumpur hosted it in 2017, this year APG has the theme Striving for Equality or fighting for equality.
« Para games are a special event because they are a source of inspiration for all of us about the meaning of equality. Para games are a special event because Para Games athletes are the best athletes who are fighting to make their country proud, » said Ma’ruf Amin in his speech.
« The games are also special because Para Games athletes have proven that the drive to achieve goals and make achievements must be stronger than the obstacles they face, » he added.
Witnessed directly by thousands of Surakarta people as well as hundreds of athletes who were present at the Manahan Stadium in Solo, Ma’ruf Amin hoped that the 2022 APG event would not only be a place to show the skills of athletes with disabilities, he hoped that APG 2022 could also be a place to strengthen relations between countries in the world. Southeast Asia.
« To all athletes, congratulations on fighting in a healthy and sporting competition. I hope this event will further strengthen friendly relations between ASEAN countries and the ASEAN community, » he said.
On the other hand, the Mayor of Solo, who is also the Chief Executive of APG 2022, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, stated that Solo is ready to witness the birth of new sports talents, as well as the birth of champions from organizing this event.
« We would like to express our gratitude to the 11 participating countries that have supported the athletes to compete here. We are ready to witness for the second time the birth of new talents, the birth of champions from this event, » said Gibran.
« Hopefully you (athletes) get the best in the matches that you will participate in and hopefully our friendship will be stronger in the future, » he explained.
The opening ceremony of APG 2022 was very lively, a surprising action was shown by Gibran who entered the Manahan Solo Stadium field on a horse. Athletes of the Indonesian games also performed extraordinary in the defile, they entered the field wearing red clothes combined with batik motifs specially prepared for this event, on the heads of the male athletes wearing blangkon.
Indonesian shooting athlete Hanik Puji Astuti was trusted to light the cauldron fire at the opening ceremony, marking the official start of the multi-sport event for athletes with disabilities throughout Southeast Asia. (OL-15)