Thais will participate in the Winter Olympics under the national flag
WADA ban to be lifted as anti-doping law brought into compliance
Thai skiers at the 2018 Winter Olympics. (Photo courtesy of PR in 2018)
Four Thai athletes will be able to compete in the Beijing Winter Olympics in February and fly the national flag, despite the ban imposed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Gongsak Yodmani, governor of the Sports Authority of Thailand, said on Wednesday the anti-doping law was being updated and Thailand would comply with WADA’s requirements.
The Thai team could participate in the Olympic Games from February 4 to 20 under the national flag –– Mark Chanloung and Karen Chanloung in cross-country skiing, and Nicola Zanon and Mida “Fah” Jaiman in the alpine events.
Thailand has been declared non-compliant by WADA after failing to fully implement its 2021 anti-doping code and was 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 the AMA had recently sent an email confirming that Thailand was changing the law as it should.
The ban will be revoked 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 said recently that draft amendments to Thailand’s anti-doping law have been completed, to end the ban imposed by WADA.
General Prawit, chairman of Thailand’s National Olympic Committee, said passing the amendments is now up to parliament.