Bahrain ready to host 2021 Asian Youth Para Games

29 countries and 750 male and female Para athletes will be competing in the Bahrain 2021 Asian Youth Para Games starting November 27.


President of the Bahrain Paralympic Committee Shaikh Mohammed bin Duaij Al Khalifa has expressed gratitude to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa for his great backing and support that boosted Kingdom’s abilities to host such major events for people with impairments.


Shaikh Mohammed also extended his gratitude to His HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, and to HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, President of the Supreme Council for Youth, Patron of the Games, and to HH Shaikh Khaled bin Hamad Al Khalifa, President of the Bahrain Olympic Committee.


At a press conference, the Games’ organizing committee said Bahrain would be hosting the 2021 Asian Youth Para Games from November 27 to December 8.


Shaikh Mohammed spoke about the scale of the event, considered one of the largest sporting games for para athletes in the Asian continent.


This will be the first time that the Kingdom is hosting the Games in their history. With Para athletes participating from across Asia, under the age of 20, Shaikh Mohammed is confident that the Games will be successful, showcase the Kingdom’s ability to host such large-scale events, and shed light and raising awareness on Paralympic sports.


He praised the cooperation between the various different government entities and committees, such as the Asian Paralympic Committee for their support and confidence, as well as the US embassy in Bahrain for its support and contribution to the Games.


The Games will also have positive economic and social influence and will contribute to the implementation of the Sustainability Development Goals, set by the United Nations, in efforts to encourage and empower athletes with impairments, he added.


The upcoming games will have 29 countries compete with 750 male and female Para athletes, 1,526 delegates, and 200 referees.


The nine competitions in different Paralympic sports include Para Athletics, Para Badminton, Goalball, Boccia, Para Powerlifting, Para Swimming, Para Table Tennis, Para Taekwondo and Wheelchair Basketball.


Executive Director of the Games Hassan Abdullatif emphasized the readiness of the organizing committee, all 19 committees and 77 young Bahrainis who have managed to recruit 700 volunteers.


He also ensured that the nine different sporting facilities and stadiums have been fitted with all the necessary equipment needed, as well as the hotels that will be hosting the athletes and delegates.


He added that there would be eight workshops and sessions to prepare for their arrival and care.




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