Asean Para Games: Singapore sends its largest contingent of athletes ever for the Games, aims at record medal haul

The ASEAN Para Games 2017 will be held in Kuala Lumpur from September 17-23, and will host the largest contingent of Singapore athletes with 90 making the trip to Malaysia

Asean Para Games

With the completion of the SEA Games 2017 on Aug 30, Kuala Lumpur will now turn its attention to hosting the ninth Asean Para Games from September 17-23.

Team Singapore's contingent of para-athletes departed for the ninth edition of the biannual Games in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday (Sep 13) afternoon, as reported by Channel NewsAsia.

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With the games just five days away, 1,452 athletes are slated to participate in 368 events over 16 different sports at the Games, according to the Strait Times.

"We went through a very rigorous process which was very transparent and open, and we've selected the best of the best that Singapore has," said Kevin Gerard Wong, chairman of the Singapore National Paralympic Council (SNPC).

Wong added that the council was "very excited" for the contingent's campaign in Kuala Lumpur and that his main hope was that the athletes "enjoy themselves" at the Games.

A total of 90 athletes - the country's largest away contingent for the tournament - will be representing Singapore and are targeting a record haul of medals at the Games, as per Today.

Team Singapore's second largest away contingent was in the 2008 edition of the Games when 57 athletes were fielded in Thailand.

In Team Singapore's last away outing of the Games in 2014, the contingent won seven golds, 10 silvers and nine bronzes in Myanmar.

Ahead of their departure at Changi Airport, Team Singapore's athletes, officials, family members, friends and fans mingled freely. The mood was light and cheery, but there was also a tinge of nervous energy.

Tenpin bowler Thomas Yong told Channel Newsasia that he was "quietly confident" about the Games.

"Normally I'm quite a calm guy. So I hope that when I'm in KL, I'll do whatever I need to do ... I don't think too far ahead (and) that I must die-die be on the podium," he said with a laugh. "Whatever I can do, I will do my best."

Team Singapore will compete in 11 out of 16 sports at the competition, including in badminton, powerlifting, swimming, table tennis and tenpin bowling.