Thai marksmen finish ninth in Emirates' 'Swat Challenge'

Thai marksmen finish ninth in Emirates' 'Swat Challenge'

The Royal Thai Police Swat Team finished ninth in the United Arab Emirates' Swat Challenge with an overall score of 94 points last week.

Pol Maj Gen Achayon Kraithong, deputy commander of the Immigration Bureau and head of the Thai team, said the March 13-17 competition brought together 33 teams from 24 countries.

The special force from Thailand was put to the test during the event which covered five categories -- tactical, assault, rescue, tower and obstacles.

After competing the disciplines, the Thai marksmen received an overall score of 94 points and ranked ninth at the end of the competition.

Pol Maj Gen Achayon said the obstacle course was the most difficult event and the Thai team was unable to finish the "Barrel Roll" exercise due to some members having suffered hand injuries. Only 18 countries were able to complete the obstacle course.

Abu Dhabi Team A outperformed the other teams and finished first, according to Pol Maj Gen Achayon. Dubai Team A came second while Abu Dhabi Team B came third.

The NYPD Team finished 14th while France's Raid came 16th, he said, adding that 10 police teams from the UAE took part in the competition.

He said the Thai special force comprised police from various agencies including the Central Investigation Bureau, the Border Patrol Police, the Narcotics Suppression Bureau, the Special Branch Police and the Provincial Province Region 7.

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