Diplomats join 'Bike for Dad'

Diplomats join 'Bike for Dad'

Foreign ambassadors cycle along the ‘Bike for Dad’ route at the Foreign Affairs Ministry yesterday. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTRY
Foreign ambassadors cycle along the ‘Bike for Dad’ route at the Foreign Affairs Ministry yesterday. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTRY

Several foreign ambassadors to Thailand joined the “Bike for Dad” event yesterday and smaller events were held in countries around the world.

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Diplomats ride along at 'Bike for Dad'

Envoys praise King, benefits of cycling

PRANGTHONG JITCHAROENKUL
DUMRONGKIAT MALA

Several foreign ambassadors to Thailand joined the “Bike for Dad” event yesterday, praising His Majesty the King for his tremendous dedication to the country.

US ambassador Glyn Davies was among the envoys who participated in the event and he reaffirmed his respect for the King.

Mr Davies said he has had a wonderful time during his three months working here and would stay in the country for a long time.

“America loves King Bhumibol for many reasons. We [American citizens] consider King Bhumibol a ‘son of America’,” Mr Davies said, referring to the King’s birthplace in Massachusetts.

The “Bike for Dad” mass cycling event took place yesterday throughout the country and at smaller events in 66 cities around the world with 9,805 people signing up abroad, according to the Foreign Ministry.

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“It is such a good chance to join many people on the streets and discover Bangkok without cars,” French Ambassador Gilles Garachon said before riding his bicycle along the route with other envoys.

British ambassador Mark Kent said the event could help popularise riding bicycles on public roads among the people of Thailand.

“Riding a bicycle is going to be the future because it reduces pollution and traffic jams and it is just simply good for health,” Mr Kent said.

During a media interview, Mr Kent showed off his new bicycle which was recently brought over from Britain.

Chinese ambassador Ning Fukui praised His Majesty the King as a “role model” for citizens of his country.

Nai Luang [King Bhumibol] is a person whom Chinese people greatly respect,” he said.

Mr Ning recently donated 99 bicycles to the Thai government for the cycling event.

Bangladeshi ambassador Saida Muna Tasneem said, “We [the people of Bangladesh] are with His Majesty and we are praying for his health,” adding that people in her country have great love for the King.

Joining the historic event, newly-appointed South Korean ambassador to Bangkok Noh Kwang-il expected more cycling events to be held in the future and he hoped his family would be able to take part in them.

Indian ambassador Harsh V Shringla, whose tenure at his post in Thailand is scheduled to end early next year, said the “Bike for Dad” event was also held in New Delhi and joined by both Indians and the local Thai community there.

The foreign ambassadors and diplomats arrived at the Foreign Ministry about 10am for a general check-up for their bicycles before heading out to the Dusit Palace Plaza which was the designated assembly point for the event.

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Vocabulary

  • abroad: in or to a foreign country - ในต่างประเทศ
  • ambassador: a senior official who lives in a foreign country and represents his or her own country there - เอกอัครราชทูต
  • appointed: officially chosen for a job - ถูกแต่งตั้ง
  • assembly: bringing together and forming a group - การนำมาร่วมกัน
  • benefit: an advantage you get from a situation; a helpful or good effect, or something intended to help - ผลประโยชน์, ข้อได้เปรียบ, ผลดี
  • birthplace (noun): the house or area where a person was born - สถานที่เกิด, บ้านเกิด
  • citizen: someone who has the right to live permanently in a particular country - พลเมือง 
  • community: a group of people who share the same job, interests, religion, etc - สังคม
  • consider: to regard as; to think of as - ถือว่า
  • dedication (noun): the hard work and effort that somebody puts into an activity or purpose because they think it is important - การอุทิศ
  • designated: given; chosen for something - ที่ได้รับการแต่งตั้ง
  • diplomats (noun): officials whose job is to represent their government in a foreign country - นักการทูต
  • donate: to give something such as money or goods to an organisation, especially to a temple, charity, school, political party, etc. - บริจาค
  • envoys (noun): people who are sent as representatives from one government or organisation to another - ทูต
  • event: a planned public or social occasion - งานสังคม
  • Foreign Ministry (noun): Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the ministry in charge of maintaining relations with other countries and looking after the interests of its citizens living abroad. - กระทรวงการต่างประเทศ
  • future: what will happen to somebody/something at a later time - อนาคต
  • historic: of historical importance - ที่สำคัญในประวัติศาสตร์
  • interview: a meeting (often a public one) at which a person is asked questions in order to find out their opinions, experiences, etc. - การสัมภาษณ์
  • mass: large numbers - จำนวนมาก
  • media: radio, television, newspaper, the Internet, considered as a group - สื่อ
  • participate: to take part in something - เข้าร่วม
  • popularise (verb): to make a lot of people know about something and enjoy it - ทำให้เป็นที่นิยม
  • post: a job/position in a company or organisation - ตำแหน่งการงาน
  • praise: to express strong approval or admiration - ยกย่อง, ชื่นชม
  • public: open to people in general - สาธารณะ
  • reaffirm: to give your support to a person, plan, idea, etc. for a second time; to strengthen - ยืนยันใหม่
  • reduce: to make something smaller or less in amount, size, importance etc - ลดลง
  • respect: a feeling of admiration that you have for someone/something because of their personal qualities, their achievements, or their status, and that you show by treating them in a polite and kind way - ความเคารพ, ความนับถือ
  • role model (noun): someone/something whose behaviour/activity is considered to be a good example for other people to copy - ผู้ซึ่งมีลักษณะควรค่าแก่การเป็นแบบอย่างให้กับผู้อื่น
  • route: the roads used to go from one place to another - เส้นทาง
  • scheduled: planned to happen at a particular time or day - ตามตารางเวลา
  • show off (verb): to show people somebody/something that you are proud of - อวด
  • tenure: the period of time during which someone has an important job - ช่วงระยะเวลาที่ดำรงตำแหน่ง
  • took place (verb): happened (in the past) -
  • traffic jam: roads that are very crowded with vehicles - รถติด
  • tremendous: very good; very much - ที่ดี ที่มากมหาศาล
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