Yutang Sports is honored to be granted the permission by the International Sepaktakraw Federation to publish President Charouck Arirachakaran's speech at the 2019 Asian Sepaktakraw Championship. Here is the complete speech:
I wish to place on record my deep appreciation to the Chinese National Olympic Committee and the Chinese Sepaktakraw Association (CSTA) for having successfully organized the Asian Games in Beijing in 1990 and in Guangzhou in 2010. These accomplishments could not have been possible had they not worked hand in hand with Asian Sepaktakraw Federation (ASTAF).
Their ability to effectively manage these major sports events has undoubtedly earned for themselves the credibility to host yet another Asian Games in 2022. The great news is that the sport of Sepaktakraw will again be included in this auspicious Asian competition in Hangzhou 2022.
I would like to extend, in behalf of ASTAF and its Asian Sepaktakraw family, our sincere thanks to His Excellency Sheikh Ahmad Fahad Al-Sabah, President of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), and the Secretariat, OCA Asian Games division for the inclusion in the Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 of the sport of Sepaktakraw, a popular sport which has its origin in Asia. On my part, I am committed to ensure that the rules and procedures pertaining to this Games set by the OCA are strictly adhered to.
On another note, I look forward with enthusiasm to the ASTAF Championship 2019 in Kunming, China from 10 to 14 June 2019. This prestigious competition marks another bold staging of a global event by the Chinese National Olympic Committee, and it serves as an important part in the development of Sepaktakraw. In this prestigious event, fans and viewers will be entertained by world-class international athletes who will show their prowess in executing spectacular stunts as they compete among themselves.
The Chinese players will also join in the action. The competition also aims to foster the spirit of sportsmanship, camaraderie and friendship among the athletes and officials.
I am proud to inform you that for the first time ever, the Asian Sepaktakraw Championship receied tremendous support from the participants with a total of 27 men teams and women teams from 17 countries. I would also like to take this opportunity to reveal that ASTAF, the Asian governing body for Sepaktakraw is now a member of the Alliance of Independent Recognised Sports (AIM), a body founded in 2015. One of the objectives of AIM is to strengthen each individual sport, combine expertise, share knowledge and maintain close cooperation with the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Through AIM, Sepaktakraw may gain more recognition by the IOC.
With the upgrading of the level of professionalism through continuous skills improvements of its stakeholders, the innovations to the systems and practices of the sport to keep itself abreast of the Olympic stipulations, and the relentless commitment of its affiliates, ASTAF is confident that in the not-too-distant future, the sport of Sepaktakraw will be included in the Olympic Games.
My deepest appreciation to Mr Chen Yingbiao,Director of the Multi Ball Games Administrative Center, General Administration of Sports of China and his Deputy Director Ms Zhao Liping, and the Mayor of Kunming, Yunnan and the Director General of Kunming Sports Bureau for all the support to the 2019 Asian Sepaktakraw Championship, as well as the sponsors for this competition.
Thank you to Mr Alex Yuan Hua, and his Secretariat Team including Ms Li Yuanying who have been working tirelessly with my ASTAF Secretariat team headed by Ms Amirah Ismail in Singapore to ensure proper preparations for the competition.
Finally, my special thanks and best wishes to Mr Zhang Ruming, Vice Chairman of the 2019 Asian Sepaktakraw Championship Organizing Committee and his team, staff and volunteers for their efforts in ensuring this competition is a success.
I wish you success in the 2019 ASIAN SEPAKTAKRAW CHAMPIONSHIP. I sincerely thank the honourable Wang Xi-Liang, Mayor of Kunming, Ms Wu Yamin, Deputy Director of the Yunnan Provincial Sports Bureau, Kunming Education and Sports Bureau, and Yunnan University of Finance and Economics. I also wish to thank the support of Yunnan Kaibo Yinglong Sports Culture Communications Co., Ltd. for the 2019 Asian Sepaktakraw Championship and the sponsors of this competition.
It is with sincere gratitude that I extend to Mr Chen Yingbiao, Director of the Multi Ball Games Administrative Center, General Administration of Sports of China, sponsors of the competition and all the people involved who support the 2019 Asian Sepaktakraw Championship.
Finally, I am committed to the efforts of Mr Zhang Ruming, Deputy Director of the Kunming Asian Sepaktakraw Championship Organizing Committee, his team, Mr Fu Runmin, President of Yunnan University of Finance and Economics, Mr Hu Baoguo, Member of the Standing Committee of Kunming Municipal Committee, Vice Chancellor Ms Wang Xiaoping of Yunnan University of Finance and Economics, Mr Shi Hangtian, Director of Security Department, Yunnan University of Finance and Economics, Prof Ren Feng (ASTAF Referee Standing Committee), the Executive Board of Chinese Sepaktakraw Association, staff and volunteers who ensure the success of this competition.
With sincere gratitude and best wishes I thank the People's Republic of China for hosting and organizing a successful 2019 Asian Sepaktakraw Championship,in Kunming, Yunnan, China.
Reference: Yutang Sports
Proofread by Raymond Fitzpatrick