Thais picked for F4F in Moscow

Bangkok Post - - SPORTS -

Thai­land’s 12-year-old foot­ball en­thu­si­asts It­tipolchana Kaew­sawad and Preechayan Piy­achati­wongs have been se­lected to rep­re­sent the coun­try at the Foot­ball for Friend­ship (F4F) pro­gramme.

The F4F pro­gramme, sup­ported by Gazprom and Fifa, aims at de­vel­op­ing youth foot­ball and a healthy life­style be­sides pro­mot­ing tol­er­ance, open-mind­ed­ness and re­spect of dif­fer­ent cul­tures and na­tion­al­i­ties be­tween chil­dren from across the globe.

Thai­land joins the pro­gramme for the first time and the two Thais will par­tic­i­pate along­side 210 kids from other coun­tries and re­gions.

It­tipolchana will join young foot­ballers from around the world in Moscow in June.

The chil­dren will be part of 32 in­ter­na­tional teams of friend­ship and play against one an­other in the Foot­ball for Friend­ship In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­onship.

The friendly tour­na­ment aims to bring to­gether chil­dren from around the world and cel­e­brate the uni­fy­ing spirit of foot­ball.

Preechayan will act as a jour­nal­ist and re­port on all the lo­cal and global ac­tiv­i­ties of the F4F pro­gramme.

It­tipolchana and Preechayan will also par­tic­i­pate in the sixth Foot­ball for Friend­ship In­ter­na­tional Chil­dren’s Fo­rum in Rus­sia, which al­lows young­sters to meet their peers from other coun­tries, share their ex­pe­ri­ences, and dis­cuss with fa­mous foot­ballers and jour­nal­ists.

The sixth sea­son of the F4F pro­gramme will con­clude with a visit by the par­tic­i­pat­ing chil­dren to Moscow’s Luzh­niki Sta­dium on June 14 and watch the first match of the Fifa World Cup be­tween hosts Rus­sia and Saudi Ara­bia.

It­tipolchana, who had par­tic­i­pated in foot­ball tour­na­ments across the coun­try, has been named the best player of the year of his school foot­ball team for six con­sec­u­tive years.

He cur­rently plays for his school team, AFA As­cot, and dreams of play­ing for a pro­fes­sional foot­ball club in the fu­ture.

Preechayan is a foot­ball en­thu­si­ast who likes to read and re­search about sports.

A firm be­liever in the power of friend­ship, he be­lieves that every­one should help one an­other and re­spect each other re­gard­less of one’s eth­nic­ity, gen­der, re­li­gion and sta­tus.

“The pro­gramme is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for the am­bas­sadors to build ties of friend­ship among chil­dren from around the world and fos­ter peace and har­mony through foot­ball,” said Parkpoom Po­tivet­gul, an in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions of­fi­cer at the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion of Thai­land. “We wish our young am­bas­sadors all the best and look for­ward to their con­tri­bu­tion in pro­mot­ing the key val­ues of the pro­gramme in Rus­sia as well as in Thai­land.”

It­tipolchana Kaew­sawad.

Preechayan Piy­achati­wongs.

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