Bahrain to host 2021 Asian Youth Para Games

Around 800 athletes under 20 expected to compete across nine sports 17 Jun 2020
Japan delegation with man in wheelchair smiling with them
The last Asian Youth Para Games took place in 2017 in Dubai, UAE
ⒸAsian Paralympic Committee
By Asian Paralympic Committee

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

APC President Majid Rashed commented: “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. 

“We’re delighted that the NPC of Bahrain has put together such a strong bid to host the next Asian Youth Para Games and we offer our thanks to them and their government for supporting the next generation of Asian Para athletes. 

“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.”

Chairman of NPC Bahrain Shaikh Mohammed bin Duaij Al Khalifa stated: “We are proud and honoured to have won the bid to host the 2021 Asian Youth Para Games in the Kingdom of Bahrain. This is a testament to our mission of providing the infrastructure for people with impairments to continue integrating them into society, nurture their abilities, and position our nation at the forefront of the Paralympic Movement.”