I felt exhausted and I had only been sitting down watching the finals of the Thailand National Junior Badminton Championships which Pattaya Sports Club has been supporting for many years. The Governor of Chonburi, Khun Witchit Chatphaisit, and the Vice President of The National Olympic Committee of Thailand, Prof. Charoen Wattanasin, were also very impressed. The standard was incredible and very fast for all the singles and doubles groups. A standard has, this week, been set for them for a Thai lady has risen to No. 32 in the world rankings.
Sixteen-year old Rachanok Inthanon, World Junior Champion for 2009 and 2010, has this recently won the Vietnam Badminton Open and last week, won the Indonesian Open Tournament, to rise from No. 68 to No. 32 in the world rankings. She has just been awarded the IOC – Sport Inspiring Trophy for the Young 2010. It’s certainly something for all the competitors at the recent tournament in Chonburi to aim for. Well done Rachanock!