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Thai paralympians to have parade and meet PM

PARALYMPICS: The government will host a reception for Thailand’s Paralympic contingent on Tuesday (Oct 4). The party, to be presided over by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, will be held at Government House at 6pm.

Saturday 1 October 2016, 11:00AM


Thai Paralympian Pongsakorn Poyae. Photo: Patipat Janthong

There will be a parade from the Sports Authority of Thailand headquarters in Hua Mark to Government House, starting at 2pm.

Thailand won six gold, six silver and six bronze medals at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro earlier this month.

They were 23rd in the medal standings among 159 participating nations.

It was the country’s most successful Paralympic campaign since the Kingdom first took part in the Games in 1984.

The gold medals in Rio were won by wheelchair racers Pongsakorn Poyae and Prawat Wahoram, the boccia team and boccia star Watcharaphon Vongsa.

Pongsakorn, Prawat and Watcharaphon each got two gold medals.

Pongsakorn, 19, was the most successful Thai athlete in Rio as he also took home two silvers.

Under the National Sports Development Fund's bonus scheme for Paralympic athletes, a gold medal is worth B7.2 million, a silver B4.8mn and a bronze three million baht.

The associations and coaches of the medallists also get separate rewards.

According to the Paralympic Committee of Thailand, the government will also give unsuccessful athletes B100,000 each.

There were 45 Thai athletes at the Rio Paralympics and the government will have to pay out approximately B180mn in total.

 

 

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