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Bahrain to host 2021 Asian Youth Para Games

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The Asian Paralympic Committee (APC) has announced that the fourth Asian Youth Para Games will take place in Bahrain from December 1-10, 2021.

It will be the first time Bahrain has hosted such a large scale Para sport event and an important platform for the growth of the Paralympic Movement in the country.

An estimated 800 athletes under 20 years of age are expected to compete in nine sports: athletics, badminton, boccia, goalball, taekwondo, powerlifting, swimming, table tennis, and wheelchair basketball. Competition action will occur at the Khalifa Sports City, a multi-use stadium in Isa Town, and Isa Sports City, the national indoor sports facility.

The event is being organised in conjunction with the National Paralympic Committee of Bahrain with the support of the local government.

“The APC’s new vision is to ‘Make for an inclusive Asia through Para sport’ and I can think of no better place to start achieving that than with the region’s youth.” said APC President Majid Rashed.

“Providing opportunities for young Para athletes to compete in a multi-sport environment will hopefully inspire them to continue on their sporting journey which may lead ultimately to the Paralympic Games.”

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