Pattaya welcomes arrival of Chonburi Games torch

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The public and tourists in Pattaya City had an opportunity on the evening of December 7 to welcome the auspicious Chonburi Games torch which was due to be used to light up the 39th National Sports Games opening ceremony two days later.

Deputy Mayor of Pattaya City, Wattana Chantanawaranon, was on hand with other City officials and dignitaries to welcome the torch to Pattaya before passing it to Mongkol Thamkittikhun, Banglamung District Chief, to install on the stage in front of His Majesty the King’s image at the Bali Hai Pier for a one night celebration.

Wattana Chantanawaranon, Deputy Mayor of Pattaya City, receives the auspicious National Games torch from a representative of the Takhiantia Municipality on Monday, December 7 at Bali Hai Pier, Pattaya.Wattana Chantanawaranon, Deputy Mayor of Pattaya City, receives the auspicious National Games torch from a representative of the Takhiantia Municipality on Monday, December 7 at Bali Hai Pier, Pattaya.

The torch was then passed on to the Sriracha District as part of its tour around the province in the build up to the games which began on December 9 and will continue until December 19, featuring 20 different sports disciplines at various venues along the Eastern Seaboard.

The 39th National Sports Games are being held in Chonburi Province in conjunction with the 29th Muang Chon Games for People with Disabilities which will take place from January 23-27, 2011.  Both events are expected to help boost tourism as athletes and supporters from around the kingdom descend on the province in large numbers to take part.