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Who won the most gold medals at the 26th SEA games? It depends on how you count. Some are saying Thailand, not Indonesia, was the real winner.
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The Thai women's and men's volleyball teams celebrate after winning gold medals.
Counting the gold
Who won the most gold medals at the 26th Southeast Asian Games?
It depends on how you count. Indonesia is rightly claiming victory in all competitions, winning 182 golds to Thailand's 109 with Vietnam coming in third with 96.
But if you exclude the region's traditional sports, like Indonesian favourite, pencak silat, and only count the Olympic sports, Thailand comes out a narrow winner, garnering 85 golds to Indonesia's 83.
That is the way Gen Yutthasak Sasiprapa, president of the National Olympic Committee of Thailand, likes to look at it.
''I am glad that we topped the medal table of Olympic sports as we had expected,'' said Gen Yutthasak, who is also defence minister.
Thailand were much stronger than Indonesia in boxing and weightlifting, Gen Yutthasak added.
He praised the swimmers and basketball players for their progress with the women's basketball side stunning powerhouse the Philippines to win gold.
He also gave a special mention to the women's and men's volleyball teams who made a rare sweep of golds in both events.
Thailand had complained before the Indonesia tournament that there were too many ''traditional sports'' at the SEA Games and Nat Indarapana, Thailand's member of the International Olympic Committee, agreed.
''It's time for Thailand to focus only on Olympic sports. It's a waste of money to support 'traditional sports' such as fin swimming,'' he said yesterday.
Asked whether Thailand should take part in ''traditional sports'' at the SEA Games to strengthen ties with other member countries, Nat said: ''Competing in Olympic sports can also improve Thailand's relations with other countries.''
That’s true, of course, but focusing on Olympic sports would also mean eliminating sepak takraw, something that would not make Thai fans very happy.
Adapted from a story in todays’ Bangkok Post by Kittipong Thongsombat. You can read the full story here: http://bit.ly/sv2X1O
claim – to say that something is true อ้าง
victory – winning a competition or a battle ชัยชนะ
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