BANGKOK – The Thai Health Promotion Foundation (Thai Health) has encouraged women to campaign against gambling in sports, targeting Thai youth who gamble.
Thai Health has joined hands with the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and anti-gambling networks in launching the campaign with participation of players from the national women’s football team. Advisor to Thai Health MD Udomsilp Srisaengnam said gambling was a new threat to people’s health and family relations. Thai Health had continuously supported campaigns and activities to create gambling awareness among the public especially adolescents, said the advisor.
Deputy Minister of Tourism and Sports Chawanee Thongrote said the government had tried to develop many types of sports towards excellence. A survey by the Center for Gambling, Chulalongkorn Universities had found that around 15% of Thai children and adolescents intended to gamble due to the belief that gambling would make it more fun to watch sports games. The survey findings had made the ministry more determined to get rid of gambling in sports, said the deputy minister.