Volleyball team gets warm welcome home

Volleyball team gets warm welcome home

Volleyball fans turned out in large numbers yesterday to welcome the national women's team home after they just missed out on qualifying for the Olympics. Photos by PRAKIT CHANTAWONG
Volleyball fans turned out in large numbers yesterday to welcome the national women's team home after they just missed out on qualifying for the Olympics. Photos by PRAKIT CHANTAWONG

The Thai women's volleyball team returned home on Monday evening from the Olympic qualification tournament to a heartfelt welcome.

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The Thai women's volleyball team returned home on Monday evening from the Olympic qualification tournament to a heartfelt welcome.

The players and coaches arrived on a THAI Airways International flight at Suvarnabhumi airport and received a warm welcome from a huge group of cheering fans, as well as sports authorities, including Somporn Chaybangyang, president of the Volleyball Association of Thailand, and Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul.

While the Thai team failed to secure a place in the qualifying tournament in Tokyo for the Olympic Games, they won the hearts of Thais for their impressive performance and strong spirits.

Thailand captain Pleumjit Thinkaow takes a selfie with her many fans.

Thailand captain Pleumjit Thinkaow said: “We want to bring victory home every time we play. This time we may disappoint [Thais for an Olympic berth) but we aren't discouraged. In the next four years, younger players will try to make the dream come true for everyone.”

Wilawan Apinyapong, a former captain, said: “On behalf of everyone in the team, I thank all fans for their continued support. Everyone in the team accepts the tournament’s outcome…. We lose together and we win together.”

Upon their return, three companies announced they would award a total of 12 million baht to the team in recognition of their impressive performance in Tokyo.

Of the 12-million-baht sponsorship, the beverages company Thai Drinks contributes 10 million while True Corporation and ONE Championship promoter each give one million.

The welcome ceremony at Suvarnabhumi where the Thai Drinks company pledged 10 million baht to support the team.

The team will meet Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha at Government House at 10am on Tuesday. They will have a chance to rest for only a few days before going to Switzerland on Thursday for another competition.

Meanwhile, FIVB Board of Administration member Shanrit Wongprasert on Monday told reporters that he had resigned from all positions in the volleyball’s international governing body because he was upset by an article on FIVB’s website which described the Thai team and their coaches as “ill-disciplined” and blamed this for Thailand’s controversial 3-2 loss to host Japan on Wednesday night.

Mr Sharnrit said he could not accept what was written in the article, which came despite the fact that the match referee Luis Gerardo Macias of Mexico should be probed for his ruling.

"I'm done with FIVB. Honour and dignity are more valuable than money," Mr Shanrit said.

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  • article (noun): a piece of writing about a particular subject in a newspaper or magazine - บทความ
  • association: an official group of people who have joined together for a particular purpose - สมาคม
  • authorities: people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
  • berth: a place or position - ตำแหน่ง
  • beverage: a drink of any type - เครื่องดื่ม
  • blame: to say or think that someone or something did something wrong or is responsible for something bad happening - ตำหนิ
  • cash: money in the form of notes or coins - เงินสด
  • competition: a situation in which people or organizations compete, i.e., try to be more successful or better than somebody else who is trying to do the same as you - การแข่งขัน
  • contribute (verb): to give something, especially money or goods, to help somebody/something - บริจาค (เงินหรือเวลา), ให้ (เพื่อช่วยเหลือ)
  • controversial: causing disagreement or disapproval - ซึ่งก่อให้เกิดการโต้แย้ง
  • dignity: respect that other people have for you or that you have for yourself - ศักดิ์ศรี
  • disappoint: to fail to satisfy someone or their hopes, desires, etc.; to cause someone to feel unhappy - ทำให้ผิดหวัง
  • discouraged: feeling that it is useless to try to do something - หมดกำลังใจ, ท้อแท้
  • governing body (noun): a group within an organisation which makes major decisions on how it is run -
  • heartfelt: very sincere - จริงใจ,โดยตั้งใจ,ไม่เสแสร้ง
  • honour: something you do that you are proud of; the respect that people have for someone who achieves something great, is very powerful, or behaves in a way that is morally right - เกียรติยศ, เกียรติ
  • host: a country, city, group, person, etc. which provides the space and other things necessary for a special event - เจ้าภาพ
  • ill-disciplined (adj): undisciplined; lacking control and organisation; behaving badly - ซึ่งไม่มีระเบียบวินัย
  • impressive: something that people admire because it is very good, very large or shows great skill - ซึ่งน่าประทับใจ
  • meanwhile: at the same time - ในเวลาเดียวกัน
  • minister: a member of the cabinet, the group of government ministers who make and approve government policy - รัฐมนตรี
  • on behalf of: as a representative of - ในนามของ ในฐานะของ
  • outcome: a result - ผล
  • performance (noun): the standard to which someone/something does something - การกระทำ, การแสดง, การทำให้บรรลุผลสำเร็จ
  • position: a job - ตำแหน่ง
  • probe: to investigate; to attempt to find out the truth about something; to examine - ตรวจสอบ
  • qualification: reaching the standard necessary to do a job or take part in the final rounds of a competition - คุณสมบัติที่กำหนดไว้, การเข้ารอบสุดท้าย
  • recognition: public praise and reward for somebody's work or actions, the act of accepting that something exists, is true or is official - การยอมรับ
  • referee (noun): a person who is in charge of a sports game or other competition and who makes certain that the rules are followed - ผู้ตัดสิน, กรรมการตัดสิน
  • reporters (noun): people whose job is to write articles or make broadcasts about events in the news - ผู้สื่อข่าว, นักข่าว
  • resigned from: gave up a job or position by leaving - ลาออกจาก
  • ruling  (noun): a judgement; a decision by a court of law - คำตัดสิน คำชี้ขาด
  • secure (verb): to get or achieve something - ได้มา
  • spikers (noun): (informal) volleyball players -
  • spirits: mood, feelings - อารมณ์
  • sponsorship: when a person or company that pays for a radio or television programme, or for a concert or sporting event, usually in return for advertising - ผู้อุปถัมภ์, ผู้ทำการโฆษณาทางวิทยุหรือโทรทัศน์
  • tournament: a competition for teams or single players in which a series of games is played, and the winners of each game play against each other until only one winner is left - การแข่งขัน
  • upset: unhappy or disappointed because of something unpleasant that has happened - ว้าวุ่นใจ, กังวลใจ, ไม่สบายใจ, สับสน
  • valuable: very useful or important - มีความหมาย, สำคัญ, มีราคา
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