Of­fi­cials la­bel King­dom’s sev­enth-place fin­ish in 2018 Asian Para Games as suc­cess

Bangkok Post - - GENERAL -

>> Thai­land fin­ished sev­enth over­all with 23 gold medals at the 2018 Asian Para Games, which ended last night in Jakarta.

The Thais also took home 33 sil­vers and 50 bronzes for a to­tal of 106 medals.

China topped the medal ta­ble with 172 gold medals and were fol­lowed by South Korea (53), Iran (51), Ja­pan (45), Indonesia (37) and Uzbek­istan (37).

Al­though Thai­land failed to reach their goal of fin­ish­ing sixth in the medal race and be­ing the best among South­east Asian na­tions, of­fi­cials said it was a suc­cess as they won more gold medals than their tally at the pre­vi­ous tour­na­ment.

Thai­land claimed 21 golds medal at the 2014 Asian Para Games in In­cheon, South Korea.

“I am sat­is­fied with our ath­letes’ over­all per­for­mance be­cause they won more gold medals than they did at the pre­vi­ous Games,” said Chuti­nant Bhi­romb­hakdi, pres­i­dent of the Par­a­lympic Com­mit­tee of Thai­land.

“Also, many new­com­ers won sev­eral medals. We saw sev­eral ath­letes make progress in ath­let­ics, bad­minton and ta­ble ten­nis. This is a good sign as our aim is the 2020 Par­a­lympics in Tokyo.”

In yes­ter­day’s ac­tion, Thai­land failed to win a sin­gle gold medal al­though they took sev­eral medals in bad­minton.

In all, the bad­minton team se­cured a to­tal of four sil­ver and five bronze medals in Jakarta.

Sev­eral Thai ath­letes will be­come rich when they re­turn home thanks to bonus from the gov­ern­ment.

Un­der the Na­tional Sports De­vel­op­ment Funds, a gold medal is worth one mil­lion baht in bonus, a sil­ver 500,000 baht and a bronze 300,000 baht.

Thai bad­minton play­ers pose with their medals in Jakarta yes­ter­day.

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