Asean Para Games: All 10 South-east Asian teams checked in for Games' start in two days

Delegates from the 10 participating countries posing for pictures at the welcome ceremony for the Asean Para Games
Delegates from the 10 participating countries posing for pictures at the welcome ceremony for the Asean Para Games ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Raja Singh, chef de mission of the Singapore contingent to the 8th Asean Para Games leading the Singapore contingent.
Raja Singh, chef de mission of the Singapore contingent to the 8th Asean Para Games leading the Singapore contingent.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Mr Lim Teck Yin, Chairman, Singapore ASEAN Para Games Organising Committee Exco (SAPGOC) delivering his speech .
Mr Lim Teck Yin, Chairman, Singapore ASEAN Para Games Organising Committee Exco (SAPGOC) delivering his speech .ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Athletes and delegates from Myanmar arrive at the welcome ceremony for the Asean Para Games.
Athletes and delegates from Myanmar arrive at the welcome ceremony for the Asean Para Games.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
 Official team welcome ceremony for the Asean Para Games.
Official team welcome ceremony for the Asean Para Games.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Athletes and delegates from the various Asean countries posing for pictures after the welcome ceremony.
Athletes and delegates from the various Asean countries posing for pictures after the welcome ceremony.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

SINGAPORE - All 10 teams are checked in at the Games' Village of the Asean Para Games (APG) at Marina Bay Sands and raring to go for the official start of the Dec 3-9 event in two days' time.

The teams received a warm greeting on Tuesday morning at the Marina Bay Sands events plaza, where they high-fived performers and participated in performances themselves at the official team welcome ceremony.

Singapore APG Organising Committee (Sapgoc) chairman Lim Teck Yin also exchanged mementos with a representative from each of the 10 participating nations.

Said Lim in his opening address: "The theme 'Celebrate the Extraordinary' is about connecting individuals, communities and countries in our region to our dreams. It is beyond competing, winning or even overcoming defeat. It is about inspiring the one that is inside each of us, and then going on to inspire those around us."

About 3,000 athletes and officials are in Singapore - first-time hosts of the APG - to take part in 15 sports. Thailand, with 261 athletes, is the largest contingent and is aiming to finish top of the medal tally again.

Singapore is fielding its largest-ever contingent of 154.

The Games will kick off officially on Thursday when the cauldron is lit during the Opening Ceremony at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The ceremony, the only event that is ticketed, is sold out. All other competition events are free of charge.