Even though I regularly searched my 70 odd useless channels , I hardly saw any coverage of the Paralympics here on TV. I did, however, get regular updates from my brother back home, who went to a number of events and kept me updated on all things Thai.
Thailand's team did notably well, and this post serves as a salute to congratulate them on a brilliant performance that scooped 8 medals and picked up 31st place out of 74 teams in the competition: 4 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze.
You might think 31st isn't that super, but in terms of official SE Asia countries, Thailand placed first. In terms of overall regional placement Thailand did very well, too, beating Tapei, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. Thailand also picked up one more Gold than Hong Kong. *Only China, Korea, and Japan finished ahead of Thailand
Looking at the table placement of some of the other more developed countries, whose athletes no doubt have better access to the latest sports technology and funding, Thailand's performance is nothing short of superb.
Without wanting to take anything away from the able-bodied team, a comparison again highlights this great achievement. The able-bodied team picked up just 3 medals: 2 Silver and 1 Bronze.
The performance speaks well of the sporting bodies' attitude to disabled sport in Thailand and their abilities in developing athletes. WELL DONE THAILAND!
I posted a couple of videos on YouTube – kindly sent in by my brother's wife – of Rungroj Thainiyom's epic class 6 table tennis victory; one as he plays the winning shot and the other collecting his medal. See below: