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Sports Authority of Thailand governor Kanokphand Chulakasem is hopeful that the Thai squad will maintain its Olympic gold medal-winning run in the London Games, which gets underway next week.

Thailand have won at least one gold in every edition of the world's biggest sporting event since boxer Somluck Kamsing's success in the 1996 Atlanta Games. In Beijing four years ago, they managed to claim two gold medals from flyweight veteran Somjit Jongjohor and weightlifter Prapawadee Jaroenrattanatarakoon.

However, many have expressed concern over the country's prospects. Some fear the winning streak will come to an end given that none of the 37 athletes Thailand are fielding in 16 disciplines seem certain medal winners.

Even in boxing, a sport that has yielded four gold medals so far for the country, there is a distinct possibility that the three fighters, Kaew Pongprayoon, Chatchai Butdee and Sailom Ardee, will flop on the big stage, given their relative inexperience at the top level.

Thailand's prospects in weightlifting are equally shaky even though the country is sending their largest-ever contingent of seven. All are unproven. Questions have also been raised about the Thai Amateur Weightlifting Association's decision to leave out Beijing heroine Prapawadee.

Many pundits believe Thailand's best hopes of winning a medal in the London Games lie in the hands of the taekwondo team, with fast-improving Pen-ek Karaket seen as the best hope in the men's 58kg category. However, given the fickle nature of the Korean martial art, the result could be decided in just a blink.

Despite that, Kanokphand, who attended a conference yesterday to announce AP Honda's financial support of Bt1 million for any athlete winning an Olympic title, remained optimistic and set a minimum target of one gold medal for the Thai squad.

Apart from the financial incentive, the company would hand a CBR 250R bike to any athlete who wins any medal as well as offering the athlete the company's brand ambassador role.


More here: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/sports/Bounty-of-Bt1-million-plus-prizes-for-every-gold-w-30186591.html



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Especially as pundits were saying Murray would pocket 100 million Pounds for winning Wimbledon.


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last I heard was the total amount is something like 52 or 62 million to a gold medalist (with the sponsors paying)