November 05, 2021. The inaugural Virtus Oceania Asia Games 2022 in Brisbane is just one year away and has received welcomed support from all levels of the Australian government.
OAGames 2022 is the inaugural event in the Virtus Asia and Oceania region for athletes with intellectual impairment. The Games will invite 1000 plus athletes and officials from NZ, Asia, and the Pacific to compete against Australia’s elite athletes.
MESSAGE FROM THE PREMIER OF QUEENSLAND
The countdown is underway for the inaugural Virtus Oceania Asia Games 2022 in Brisbane – there is only one year to go!
Sport Inclusion Australia’s (SIA) hosting of the event sends a strong message that sport is not only for elite champions.
Under the banner of ‘Leave No One Behind’, SIA ensures sport is for everyone. Athletes with an intellectual disability train to a high level, hone their skills and compete with the same passion as any professional athlete.
These Games are an opportunity to celebrate diversity and inclusion, which are valuable threads running through the fabric of Queensland’s communities.
This is why the Queensland Government is proud to support the Virtus Oceania Asia Games 2022.
It is a great opportunity to build on the success of the 2019 Global Games, also staged in Brisbane, which attracted 1000 athletes from 50 countries. Approximately 300 people volunteered at those Games, and I am confident hundreds more Queenslanders will help to ensure the Virtus Oceania Asia Games are a success next year.
More than 1000 athletes and team officials, from more than 35 nations across Asia and the Pacific, are expected in Brisbane.
Eleven sports are on the program – athletics, badminton, basketball, cycling, judo, rowing, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis and triathlon. Athletics, swimming and table tennis will be Paralympic pathway events – for athletes with the potential to win medals at Paralympic competitions.
Events will be staged at a range of venues across Brisbane including the Queensland Sports and Athletics Centre, Brisbane Aquatic Centre, Nissan Arena and Anna Meares Velodrome.
This is another opportunity for Queensland to host a major multi-sport event prior to the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. And it is also a wonderful opportunity to celebrate sport as a platform for inclusion and diversity, where everyone can become a champion.
I look forward to the teams arriving in Brisbane in one year’s time, and I assure you that everyone will receive a warm Queensland welcome.
ANNASTACIA PALASZCZUK MP
PREMIER OF QUEENSLAND
MINISTER FOR THE OLYMPICS
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