By Waylon Galvez
The ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) Board of Governors (BOG) is pushing through with the 10th ASEAN Para Games after the approval to stage it on October 3 to 9 here.
In a letter dated March 16, 2020, board secretary Osoth Bhavilai said the BOG, the federation’s highest decision-making authority, convened in a two-hour emergency meeting via ‘video conference’ and the postponement of the event was the main topic due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Michael Barredo, who represents the Philippines, met with National Paralympic Committee presidents and alternates from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Brunei and Myanmar were not represented in the meeting.
The PARA Games was originally set March 21 to 27 although the new schedule would still require the conditions that the COVID-19 pandemic is put under control and no longer a threat to human.
The board has agreed to convene another meeting at the end of July to assess the situation before confirming and proceeding with the proposed new dates for the Games.
This would also give the host country ample time to notify the APSF of at least 60 days before the commencement of the Games, and allow the APSF Coordination Committee to inspect Games facilities and the host’s readiness.