A common response among Thai people to the victory of badminton ace Ratchanok Intanon at the world championships in Guangzhou last week was: if Thai people put our hearts into doing something, we can't fail.
This shows that many Thais see themselves in the young sports star. Her achievement is our aspiration; her success the sum of what we could be if we set ourselves to something. We Thais could be the best in the world.
The reality, sadly, is often far from the dream.
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