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P. R. I. The Sports Authority of Thailand Act, 2558 amended

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Voting totals. Image credit: Paralympic Thailand (Thai Para Athletes)

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.

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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.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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