Olympic taekwondo champion Panipak Wongpattanakit, back row left, other Thai athletes and cheerleaders attend a press conference on Wednesday.
Eight TV channels will broadcast live the SEA Games events to be held in Vietnam next month, officials said on Wednesday.
The 31st SEA Games will officially take place from May 12-23, although some competitions will take place before the opening ceremony.
TV Pool and its allies – 3HD, 5HD, 7HD, MCOT HD, NBT2HD, GMM25, PPTV HD and T Sports – will mainly broadcast live events involving Thai athletes or those popular among Thai fans such as football, athletics , boxing, swimming, badminton, gymnastics, tennis, taekwondo and volleyball.
“All football matches from Thailand will be broadcast live,” TV Pool representative Gen Visanti Srasrida told a news conference.
The ceremony was attended by National Olympic Committee of Thailand (NOCT) Vice President Charoen Wattanasin, Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) Governor Gongsak Yodmani and Olympic taekwondo champion Panipak Wongpattanakit.
“The SEA Games are important for the Southeast Asian region and have been going on for about 60 years. They are in the interest of the Thai people because there are a lot of Thai athletes in the event,” said said Charoen. “So NOCT, SAT and TV Pool and its allies have teamed up to televise the Games live.”
The live broadcast will start on May 7 when the Thai men’s football team will face Malaysia in their opening match.
There are 40 sports in the Vietnam Games, including chess, Chinese chess, jiu-jitsu, kickboxing, Muay Thai, kurash and vovinam.
Thai officials said they would only focus on the country becoming the overall champion in “international sports”.
At the 2019 Games in the Philippines, Thailand won 92 gold medals and finished third overall.