Spectacular closing ceremony at 9th Asean Para Games

KUALA LUMPUR: The 9th Asean Para Games ended on an exhilarating note with a showstopper of a closing ceremony at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Saturday.

The glittering two-hour ceremony acknowledged all 1,421 athletes from the 11 countries who poured their heart and soul into competing in the six-day Games.

Malaysian paralympians made the country proud when they achieved the highest medal tally for the Games - 258 medals.

Indonesia was named the overall winner with 126 gold medals, while Malaysia came in second with 90 gold medals.

Malaysians were nonetheless very impressed with the grit and determination shown by their 324 para athletes, and gave them a standing ovation when the athletes marched into the stadium at 8.40pm.

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin also made an appearance at the end of the video to personally thank all the volunteers and athletes for the success of the Games.

Guest of honour Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi declared the Games closed at 9.10pm.

The Asean Para Games torch, a representation of the inclusive spirit of sports and the region's strength in unity, was then extinguished to signal the end of the 9th Asean Para Games.

Philippine Paralympic Committee president Michael Barredo received the Games flags from Khairy, marking the Philippines as the official host for the 10th edition of the Games in 2019.

A show-stopping concert by internationally-recognised Malaysian songbird Yuna got the athletes and spectators going wild, and a spectacular fireworks display brought KL2017 to a close.


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