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Pracha upbeat about Games : On October 14, 2005
[ASIAN INDOOR GAMES] Tourism and Sports Minister Pracha Maleenont yesterday lauded Thailand's preparations for the inaugural Asian Indoor Games, saying they will be a great success.
Pracha called a press conference at his office to quash rumours that Thailand has been going through an economic downturn and would not be able to host the Games.
"The Games will now take place in Thailand in less than a month. We are ready and I hope it will be one of the most thrilling competitions Thailand had ever hosted. We will make it a great success," a confident Pracha said.
The Games will be held between November 12 and 19 in four provinces - Bangkok, Suphan Buri, Phuket and Chon Buri. A total of nine sports consisting of indoor athletics, swimming, extreme sport, futsal, cycling, dance sport, aerobic sport, Muay Thai and loop takraw will be held.
More than 3,000 athletes from 40 countries are expected to vie for the 123 gold medals at stake.
Maj-General Charouck Arirachakaran, chairman of the Secretariat Office Committee, said the Office of His Majesty's Principal Private Secretary has already been informed to seek the Royal Games Flame from HM the King, and also to ask His Majesty to preside over the opening ceremony of the Asian Indoor Games on November 12 at the Hua Mark Indoor Stadium.
"We all look forward to the official schedule. The ambassadors of 45 OCA member countries to Thailand will also be invited to join the Games Flame-lighting ceremony. The Flame torch run will take place in all four provinces on November 12 and is due to be completed at 3pm, two hours before the opening ceremony.
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