A new chapter in Singapore’s sporting history was written last night as the country extended a heartfelt welcome to the region’s top para athletes at the 8th Asean Para Games (APG) opening ceremony.

The 90-minute spectacle featured more than 1,400 performers – able-bodied and people with disabilities – and was divided into five acts. Each celebrated the enduring journey of a disabled athlete.

Declared open by President Tony Tan Keng Yam, the week-long Games will see about 1,200 para athletes compete in more than 300 events. The Republic is hosting the APG for the first time and has offered a record 15 sports.

Among those at the Singapore Indoor Stadium for the sold-out show were Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean and Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu.

Read more at The Straits Times.