With only three months until the Asian Para Games 2018, Indonesia 2018 Asian Para Games Organizing Committee, INAPGOC, is gearing up to hold a test event, titled Indonesia Para Games Invitational Tournament, which will take place from June 27 to July 3 in Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta.
This invitational event is organized to test Indonesia’s readiness to become the host of 2018 Asian Para Games in terms of infrastructure, human resources, as well as other supporting elements, as explained by Sport Division Director, Fanny Riawan.
“Through this test event we will push our athletes so they can formally compete in Asian Para Games by fulfilling the MQS (Minimum Qualification Score). We are also checking the readiness of the venues and support from all related divisions. Moreover, we want to leave something for the future by way of NTO course or national referee and jury training for participants from all over Indonesia,” said Riawan on Sunday.
Indonesia Para Games Invitational Tournament will compete five sports: para athletics, para badminton, para swimming, para table tennis and wheelchair basketball. Of these five sports, table tennis will be the qualification grounds for disabled athletes who are yet to qualify for Asian Para Games 2018.
Table tennis has open tournament status and acknowledgement from International Para Table Tennis Federation (IPTTF). There are already 13 countries have confirmed to take part in the Indonesia Para Games Invitational Tournament table tennis event. Wheelchair basketball is also an international invitation event, which will include Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia as the home team. The other three events will only include Indonesian athletes from various regions.
One important thing that will be done in Indonesia Para Games Invitational Tournament is the making of classification categories, which will be conducted by internationally certified classifiers. The classifications in this event will become a reference for Asian Para Games 2018 in October 6-13.
Below is the competition schedule for each sporting events of the Indonesia Para Games Invitational Tournament.