Bid to help Thai stars play as pros in Japanese league

Bid to help Thai stars play as pros in Japanese league

Thai and Astro Planets officials pose with a tuk tuk outside the team's Kanakubo Athletic Park Baseball Stadium in Ibaraki on Sunday.
Thai and Astro Planets officials pose with a tuk tuk outside the team's Kanakubo Athletic Park Baseball Stadium in Ibaraki on Sunday.

Japanese baseball team Astro Planets are looking for Thai players to join them.

Sirinee Kantha, an executive at Besides Sports, said yesterday the Thai company and the Baseball Challenge League side have joined hands to seek Thai athletes to play in Japan's professional baseball league under the project called the "Baseball Tryouts Thailand."

Sirinee and Kajorndet Apichattrakul, chief of the Tourism Authority of Thailand's Tokyo office, attended a match at the team's Kanakubo Athletic Park Baseball Stadium in Ibaraki on Sunday to launch the project.

They also gave the club a tuk tuk.

"Baseball has been in Thailand for a long time but has not been very popular," Sirinee said.

"We'd like to see more Thai kids play the sport. Our players have few chances to play professionally. The Baseball Tryouts Thailand will give them a chance to make a living in the sport."

The Baseball Tryouts Thailand event to select players for Astro Planets will be held from Dec 10-11 at the Queen Sirikit 60th Anniversary Stadium (Klong 6) in Pathum Thani.

The event is sponsored by the Sports Authority of Thailand, National Sports Development Fund and Physical Education Department.

For more information, visit Facebook page Besides Sports or call 099-824-1465.


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