Thailand plan to launch its bidding for the 2026 Youth Olympic Games

Thailand will be hosting an important multisport event, the next edition of the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in 2021 but the country is planning to launch a new bidding for an even bigger competition. Thailand will be entered to the race for the 2026 Youth Olympic Games to host it in Bangkok and in Chonburi.

The Governor of the Sports Authority of Thailand Mr. Kongsak Yodmanee informed the Thai Daily News that the country is planning to send its bidding to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) next week. One of the favorites to host the 2026 Youth Olympic Games is another Asian country, India which has got also serious plans to organize the event in Delhi or in Bhubaneswar.

Boxing is one of the sports in the schedule of the Youth Olympic Games and its last edition was a great success for the Asian boxers in Buenos Aires one and half year ago. Thailand amazed in the boxing tournament of the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games where their promising stars as Panpatchara Somnuek (women’s 57kg) and Atichai Phoemsap (men’s 60kg) claimed two gold medals for the Southeast Asian power.

The Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games will be held in Bangkok and Pattaya from April 24 until May 5 in 2021 where record number of athletes and nations are expected to take part. The sixth edition of the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games could be a good test for Thailand before the planned 2026 Youth Olympic Games. 

Thailand Boxing Association informed all National Federations that the Thailand Open International Boxing Tournament was postponed nearly three months ago. The event was scheduled to take place on April 1-10 in the official boxing calendar but it was postponed for a later date due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  

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