Sport in Thailand

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This article presents an overview of the Sports in Thailand.

Types of sports

Football

Football has possibly overtaken muay Thai as the most widely followed sport in contemporary Thai society. Thailand national football team has played the AFC Asian Cup six times and reached the semifinals in 1972. The country has hosted the Asian Cup twice, in 1972 and in 2007. The 2007 edition was co-hosted together with Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam. It is not uncommon to see Thais cheering their favourite English Premier League teams on television and walking around in replica kit. Another widely enjoyed pastime, and once a competitive sport, is kite flying.

Volleyball

Basketball

Rugby union

Boxing

Badminton

Tennis

Golf

Thailand has been called the golf capital of Asia[1] as it is a popular destination for golf. The country attracts a large number of golfers from Japan, Korea, Singapore, South Africa, and Western countries who come to play golf in Thailand every year.[2] The growing popularity of golf, especially among the middle classes and expats, is evident as there are more than 200 world-class golf courses nationwide,[3] and some of them are chosen to host PGA and LPGA tournaments, such as Amata Spring Country Club, Alpine Golf and Sports Club, Thai Country Club, and Black Mountain Golf Club.

Sepak takraw

Thai martial arts

Muay Thai, Thailand's signature sport

Motorsport

Birabongse Bhanudej is first Thai and Asia racecar driver to race in Formula One

Especially since the emergence of Birabongse Bhanudej, Motorsport has received a recent revival and become a popular sport in Thailand.

E-Sports

Original

Sport League in Thailand

Top Level Leagues

Youth/University Leagues

Multi-sport event

See also

References

  1. ^ "Golf in Thailand by". Golfasia.com. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  2. ^ Chawadee Nualkhair (10 July 2009). "Thailand woos foreign golfers with sun, sand traps". Reuters. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Why to book with golf2thailand.com : Thailand Golf Courses Thailand Golf Packages". Golf2thailand.com. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
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