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Sunday, March 11, 2012

40th Thailand Games, The Khon Kaen Games, Unseen Thailand

Tourism Authority of Thailand, Sports Authority of Thailand, Ministry of Sports and Tourism and Khon Kaen should all be congratulating themselves for adding another jewel to the Unseen Thailand crown. These games were totally Unssen. The only people at the 40th Thailand Games, The Khon Kaen Games, that outnumbered the athletes were the "officials", timers judges and such. Saturday I arrived at what I would have quessed would be a full house at the Khon Kaen vs Nakhon Ratchasima volleyball game. The arena at best was 1/3 full. The 10am match pitted major cities separated by a mere 180 kilometers of dual carriageway and the event is taking place in Khon Kaen.. Every event at the games has been won by apathy. Apathy has run rampant much due to the total failure of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Sports Authority of Thailand, Ministry of Sports and Tourism and Khon Kaen to properly advertise the event. When there is not even any gambling going on at an event in Thailand, you know it is a NON event. Forget the lack of English, Thai people are ignorant of the thing . I assume the Tourism Authority of Thailand has spent a lot of money on advertising in Chinese.
On the final weekend of the games the main stadium was being used to practice for the closing ceremony not for the athletic events one would expect. Even the most ardent atendees of every event in Thailand, the food vendors have fled the scene.
See what was happening at the main venue yesterday.