9th FESPIC Games Kuala Lumpur 2006
The FESPIC Games is the biggest multi-sport and multi-disability sporting event for athletes with a disability in Asia and South Pacific. It is the second largest Games for the disabled in the world after the Paralympics Games. Held every four years , the first Games was held in 1975 in Oita, which saw the participation of 973 athletes from 18 countries . The last FESPIC Games was held in Busan, South Korea in 2002 and attracted a total of 2,800 athletes and officials from 41 countries competing in 17 sports events.
The 9th FESPIC Games in Kuala Lumpur or KL'06 has attracted more than 3,700 athletes and officials from 47 countries in the Asian Region and South Pacific. They will be taking part in 19 sporting events making it the biggest FESPIC Games ever.
The 9th FESPIC Games would be the last festival using the name FESPIC as four years from now, the games would be know as the 10th Asia Para Games.
KL'06 carries the theme "Overcoming challenges, Inspiring others" which signifies to the world that the disabled are equally able to be part of a sports event of a world standard. The mascots is a mousedeer or "Kancil" in Malay. It is one of the most popular animals known for its intelligence, wittiness and quick thinking, and represents the theme the Games carry as well. The male mascot is named "Ujang" while its female counterpart is called "Cik Mek".
The commemorative stamps issued in conjunction with KL'06 showcases the wheelchair racing, swimming, wheelchair tennis and wheelchair basketball events.
The prestigious event is jointly organised by the Malaysian Paralympic Council and Ministry of Sports and Youth Malaysia and is supported by various companies and individuals.
The 9th FESPIC Games is held from November 25th to December 1st 2006.