Thailand has sent a total of 41 athletes to compete in 15 types of sports, hunting for the country’s 10th gold medal at the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games on July 23rd.
The activities include athletics, badminton, boxing, rowing, cycling, horse riding, golf, judo, sailing, windsurfing, shooting, skeet shooting, swimming, table Tennis, and Taekwondo.
Thana Chaiprasit, Head of the Thai athletes, revealed that from the assessment of readiness, Thai athletes are believed to be likely to win at least one gold medal in five of the most popular sports which are taekwondo, boxing, skeet shooting, badminton, and golf as all of the Thai participants enter the Olympics with world-class pedigrees and abilities.
For taekwondo, Panipak “Tennis” Wongpattanakit who has been a popular contender will become the country’s most likely representative to win a gold medal at the Olympic Games. She is the only Thai athlete in this team who had won a bronze medal from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
For boxing, Chatchai-decha Butdee has fully prepared to bid farewell to the Olympic Games at the age of 36 by hopefully winning a gold medal this year. Additionally, skeet shooter competitor Suthiya “Nee” Jiwchalermmit who has participated in the Olympic Games three times is also aiming to win a gold medal for the first time.
Badminton is considered to have a high chance of winning, whether it’s mixed doubles of pairs, Dechapol “Bas” Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree “Por Por” Taerattanachai, who have claimed No.3 in the program to date, or Thailand’s number one in women’s singles Ratchanok “May” Inthanon.
For golf, there are 2 professional Thai women with major championship pedigrees that will participate in the games, Ariya “Pro May” Jutanugarn, former world number 1, and Papangkorn “Pro Meow” Thawatanakit, the world’s 12th ranked golfer.
During the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 on July 23rd, two Thai athletes will carry the Thai flag as the country’s representative at the parade, female shooter Napatsawan “Ern” Yangpaiboon, and skeet shooter Sawet “Sam” Setthaphon.
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