Navy rugby players congratulate former instructor, new MP Surapol

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Royal Thai Navy rugby players congratulated former admiral Surapol Chandang for winning the election to represent Sattahip in Parliament.

Adm. Supakorn Buranadilok, representing the president of the navy’s Rugby Club, and Vice Adm. Kiatisak Damapong, president of the navy’s rugby subcommittee, led their team July 19 in congratulating Surapol, one of their former instructors.

The former admiral’s navy credentials were credited in giving the red-shirt aligned Pheu Thai Party a rare win in military-strong Sattahip. He beat the second-place candidate from home-grown Chonburi party Palang Chon 25,268 to 21,184 votes.

Adm. Supakorn Buranadilok (left) congratulates his friend, former admiral and new MP Surapol Chandang (right). Adm. Supakorn Buranadilok (left) congratulates his friend, former admiral and new MP Surapol Chandang (right).

Thailand’s Election Commission has certified Surapol’s win, along with those of Chonburi Power Party Zone 7 winner Poramet Ngampichet and party list candidate Sansak Charunngampichet. The election of five other Palang Chon winners are still awaiting Election Commission approval.

Supakorn said he was happy to see the team’s former instructor win an MP seat. Surapol had been with the team during its 10 championships.