Thais compete under the national flag at the Winter Olympics
WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES: Four Thai athletes can compete in the Beijing Winter Olympics next month and fly the national flag despite the ban imposed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada).
Thai skiers at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Photo: Supplied / PR
Gongsak Yodmani, Governor of the Sports Authority of Thailand, said yesterday (January 19) that the anti-doping law will be updated and that Thailand will comply with Wada’s requirements.
The Thai team could compete under the national flag at the February 4-20 Olympics — Mark Chanloung and Karen Chanloung in cross-country skiing and Nicola Zanon and Mida “Fah” Jaiman in alpine disciplines, the reports Bangkok Post.
Thailand has been declared non-compliant by Wada after failing to fully implement its 2021 anti-doping code and has been banned from hosting international events for a year.
Thai athletes can compete in international events but cannot fly the national flag, except at the Winter and Summer Olympics.
Mr Gongsak said Wada recently sent an email confirming Thailand is amending the law as required.
The ban will be lifted by the General Assembly and lifted in February, the SAT governor said. This would allow Thai athletes to compete under the national flag in international sporting events.
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon recently said a draft amendment to Thailand’s anti-doping law was finalized to end the ban imposed by Wada.
General Prawit, president of Thailand’s National Olympic Committee, said the amendments now rest with Parliament.