Prime Minister Yingluck showed her admiration for the achievement of Ratchanok 'Nong May' in claiming the world badminton champion title on Sunday in Guangzhou, China, a feat never before achieved by any Thai player. Ms. Yingluck, showed Ratchanok her office inside the Government House and had the latter sit at her work desk to have photos taken; afterwards, she asked the badminton ace to continue doing her best.
During Tuesday's Cabinet meeting, ministers endorsed the proposal to raise the insignia to be granted to the badminton player. The Cabinet also endorsed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' proposal to issue a blue-color official's passport for Ratchanok.
Ratchanok, who beat Chinese Olympic champion and top seed Li Xuerui 22-20, 18-21, 21-14 to claim the title, expressed satisfaction with her achievement, but said it was not the end of her dreams because she still has to try to claim gold at the Olympics. Sunday's match was Ratchanok's fifth meeting with Li, who emerged the victor at all previous encounters.
The badminton star is also slated to take up a position within the Royal Thai Police from Thursday onwards.