Simple yet elegant closing ceremony
KUALA LUMPUR: The curtain call on the Ninth Asean Para Games at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil today will be a glittery, unforgettable affair.
The closing ceremony of the six-day Games will be a simple yet elegant end to the gritty performances put in by all the athletes from the 11 countries in the region.
While Malaysian athletes may not be the overall champion, they have done the nation proud – that’s for sure.
The 324 athletes are expected to receive a standing ovation for showing true grit, determination and fire in their bellies when they march into the stadium.
All the volunteers will not be forgotten too.
To appreciate the hundreds of volunteers – seen as the heartbeat of the Games – a special video will be aired during the closing, depicting their special relationship with the para athletes.
One of the highlights will be a contemporary unity dance entitled Sama Sama, meaning “Same Same” which will reflect the theme “We Are One”.
The dance will express Malaysia’s gratitude for the honour of being the host for the Para Games after 16 years, after which the flame will be extinguished and the flag handed over to the Philippines for the 10th Games in 2019.
International superstar singer Yuna will serve up a special treat, taking the stage alongside other performers including SalamMuzik, Caliph Buskers and the Farah Sulaiman Choir together with Hands of Hope Refugees.
Malaysia’s chef de mission Datuk Subramian Raman Nair said: “It’ll be a wonderful end even if we don’t meet our 103-gold medal target. Our athletes have gone beyond what they achieved at the 2015 Singapore SEA Games (Malaysia won 57 gold medals then).
“There were many silver medal finishes. They fought hard. It was a tight battle with Indonesia and Thailand.
“They’ll still walk tall. I was delighted to see the enthusiasm of many spectators, especially at the venues.
“The Games has certainly brought about an awareness on the dedication and commitment of the para athletes to another level. That makes it most memorable.”