On 8 May 2018, General Yuthasak Sasiprapha, Honorary President of the National Olympic Committee of Thailand under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King (NOCT); Professor (Special) Charoen Wattanasin, NOCT’s Vice President and Deputy Chairman for Marketing and Rights Commission; Mr.Sangvien Boonto, Deputy Governor for Administration of the Sports Authority of Thailand; Mr. Kachorn Chiaravanont, Member of the Executive Committee, Charoen Pokphand Group; Mr. Sukhawat Dansermsuk, CEO - Food Business and Co-President of Charoen Pokphand Foods Plc (CPF); Mr. Suwit Kingkaew, Senior Vice President of CP All Plc and Mr. Suphakit Vuntanadit, Group Chief Commercial Officer, True Corporation Plc, attended a press conference at NOCT’s Ampawan House to announce the collaboration between the NOCT and Charoen Pokphand Group to provide food and telecommunications support for Thai athletes participating in the 2018 Asian Games, throughout the event in Indonesia, held from August 18 to September 2, under the campaign “We Are #TeamThailand”, with the motto “Ruampoomjai Ruamcheerthai Duaihuajainaksu”.
Professor (Special) Charoen Wattanasin, vice president and deputy chairman for marketing and rights commission of the National Olympic Committee of Thailand (NOCT) said, “the National Olympic Committee of Thailand would like to thank Charoen Pokphand Group, CPF, CP All and True Corporation for ongoing support to Thai athletes participating in overseas competitions, including the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil and the 2017 SEA Games in Malaysia. Food and telecommunications are important to boost athletes’ physical and mental strength before competition for the nation will start. For this year, the 2018 Asian Games, Charoen Pokphand Group is willing to support safe and clean Thai food for more than 800 athletes and officials, as well as over 100 media members who will be on their duty in Indonesia. Under its support, they will get an international roaming SIM, so they can keep in touch with another through audio and data communication, as well as long-distance communication with their families in Thailand to boost their morale. This is a way to show a sincere support from companies in preparing for Thai athletes before the race will begin. For our goal, we aim to get more successful than the previous year of more than 12 gold medals and stayed at the top-five rank from 45 nations joining competition.”
Mr. Sangvien Boonto, Deputy Governor for Administration of the Sports Authority of Thailand says, “for more than eight months, the Sports Authority of Thailand has been preparing the athletes for the 2018 Asian Games. We have been working with 46 sports associations, and have employed specialists in several areas of sports science, including psychologists, nutritionists, physiologists, and medical professionals, in order to improve the athletes’ strength during training and competition. We have also been working with the private sector in supporting preparations such as physical and mental competence, physical recovery, food and nutrition. Although we’ve done a lot so far, we have to admit it’s not easy for Thai athletes in the Games, because other nations have well prepared and improved, as well. However, we believe in the potential of our athletes, who are able to bring home some gold medals. So, we would like to thank Charoen Pokphand Group, CPF, CP All and True Corporation, for the food and telecommunications support. This is the true cooperation for the country’s benefits.”
Mr. Kachorn Chiaravanont, Member of the Executive Committee, Charoen Pokphand Group, says, “Charoen Pokphand Group, together with Charoen Pokphand Foods Plc (CPF), CP All Plc and True Corporation Plc are truly proud to play a part in supporting Thai athletes in the 2018 Asian Games. The Group will be working together in synergy to provide food and telecommunications support for the athletes, officials, and media members throughout the event, as ever always. We’ve provided food to the national team since the 2016 Olympic Games, so we’re well aware of what the athletes want and like, then we will select favorite dishes, which are tasteful to Thais, clean, safe, and importantly nutritious, for all athletes.
“For communications, True Corporation have provided TrueMove H roaming SIM cards to facilitate the country’s athletes, coaches, officials and media to make phone calls, receive calls, send messages and use non-stop 4G and 3G data services when using roaming service in Indonesia, which would allow them to stay in touch with their families all the time.” Mr. Kachorn said
In addition, Charoen Pokphand Group will arrange another press conference with the Paralympic Committee of Thailand regarding food and telecommunications support for Thai athletes in the 2018 Asian Para Games, on 17 May 2018, at the auditorium on the 21st floor of True Tower.
The 2018 Asian Games will take place from 18 August to 2 September in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia. Forty-five member nations will participate in 40 sports, or a total of 462 gold medals up for grab, including 1) aquatics (swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and water polo), 2) archery, 3) athletics, 4) badminton, 5) baseball/ softball, 6) basketball, 7) bowling, 8) boxing, 9) contract bridge, 10) canoeing-kayaking, 11) cycling, 12) equestrian, 13) fencing, 14) football, 15) golf, 16) gymnastics, 17) handball, 18) hockey, 19) jet ski, 20) judo, 21) kabaddi, 22) karate, 23) martial arts, 24) modern pentathlon, 25) paragliding, 26) rowing, 27) rugby sevens, 28) sailing, 29) sepak takraw, 30) shooting, 31) sport climbing, 32) squash, 33) table tennis, 34) taekwondo, 35) tennis, 36) triathlon, 37) volleyball, 38) weightlifting, 39) wrestling, and 40) roller sports (inline speed skating and skateboarding).
In the past Games, Thailand won 121 gold, 159 silver and 233 bronze medals, in total. Four years ago, Thailand won 12 gold, 7 silver and 28 bronze medals, and finished sixth in Korea (with China, South Korea, Japan, Kazakhstan and Iran in the top five respectively.)