Yesterday, P. R. I. The Sports Authority of Thailand Act, 2558, Section 43, Item 3 was amended, with an overwhelming 177 support votes out of a possible 182 votes. The law recognizes new sport organizations, and makes changes in fund collection and allocation. These changes are expected to give the Sports Authority of Thailand an additional 5,000 million baht.
One source of income for the organization in charge of funding is a 2% tax on alcohol and tobacoo, with another coming from the post office. Organizations behind the change in the law included the Thai Olympic Committee and the Thai Paralympic Committee.
The Thai Paralympic Committee said of this vote, “The law will make a huge contribution to the field of disability sport: To people who supervise sport, and for the allocation of funds to give to athletes with disabilities whose work has won medals in various sporting events. We strongly believe that it will help motivate and retain the right to the benefits.”
The Sports Authority of Thailand was created in the past, and parts of its remit was to use funds from the government to support athletes, because at the time, many other countries were doing the same. By failing to act and fund Thai sports, leaders in the country believed they were disadvantaging athletes in their opportunity to win medals for Thailand.