| Singapore | 10 Dec 2015 | Asia Samachar |
Visually impaired footballer Melvinder Singh urged Singaporeans to “look out for the next Asean Para Games” after his 5-a-side football team fell to a 2-0 loss against Vietnam on the final day of the competition Tuesday (8 Dec 2015).
“Even though we lost all our games, looking at how we played, I think we are the champions,” he was quoted in a Yahoo news story.
The 5-a-side was won by Malaysia, with Singapore taking the fourth sport after a winless stretch at the Games.
“We have shown to our Singaporean fans that blindfolded football is not easy to play. But we tried to show them that it is easy for us,” Singh said after the game. “I’ve learnt that we can do so much even with our disabilities.”
On the whole, Thailand ended up as games champ of the #APG2015 with 95 gold medals followed by Indonesia (81), Malaysia (52), Vietnam (48), Singapore (24), Myanmar (16), Philippines (16), Brunei (3) and Cambodia (1). Laos ended last with no gold medals, but won 2 silver and three bronze medals.
The next games in 2017 will be hosted by Malaysia. A Malaysian team, including dhol drummers, presented an energetic performance at the closing ceremony on Tuesday.
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