Thailand’s Youth Sports and Cannabis

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  • Why It Matters: The concern over cannabis use among Thai athletes highlights the need for clear guidelines and education in the sports community, especially with the legal changes surrounding cannabis.
  • The Big Picture: Thailand’s ambition to host the Youth Olympic Games in 2030 underscores the importance of youth sports as a foundation for international recognition and the need for a drug-free environment.
  • Driving The News: The Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) emphasizes the significance of addressing the use of prohibited substances, including cannabis, to safeguard athletes’ futures and the integrity of sports.

BANGKOK, THAILAND – As Thailand prepares for the upcoming National Youth Games in Ratchaburi, the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT), led by Dr. KONGSAK YODMANEE, alongside Ratchaburi Deputy Governor WARISARA SONGSERM, has raised concerns over the increasing prevalence of cannabis use among athletes. This issue takes center stage amidst preparations for the “Ratchaburi Games,” underscoring the nation’s commitment to fostering a healthy and competitive environment for its youth athletes.

In a recent meeting, Dr. Kongsak highlighted the nearly complete readiness of Ratchaburi to host the 39th National Youth Games, emphasizing the event’s role in demonstrating Thailand’s capability to host the Youth Olympic Games in 2030. The selection process for the Youth Olympics now considers a country’s youth activities, making the National Youth Games a critical showcase of Thailand’s dedication to youth sports.

However, the SAT’s focus extends beyond logistical preparations to the well-being of the athletes themselves. With the legal landscape around cannabis shifting in Thailand, there’s a growing concern within the sports community about its impact on young competitors. Despite the legalization of cannabis for recreational use, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) continues to prohibit its use among athletes. Random drug tests have revealed a worrying trend: a significant percentage of positive results for banned substances are attributed to cannabis.

Dr. Kongsak’s statement sheds light on the confusion among athletes regarding the legality of cannabis and its acceptance in sports. He stresses the importance of educating athletes, coaches, and sports organizations about the severe consequences of using prohibited substances, including potential bans from competition for at least two years. The SAT calls for cooperation from all stakeholders in sports to ensure compliance during competitions and to educate athletes on the risks associated with substance use.

As Ratchaburi gears up to welcome athletes and visitors to its numerous attractions, the message from the SAT is clear: the success of Thai sports lies not only in winning medals but also in nurturing disciplined, healthy, and drug-free athletes. The upcoming games in Ratchaburi and the senior games, dubbed the “Ong Games,” will be a testament to Thailand’s readiness to take the global stage, provided it can navigate the challenges posed by cannabis and other prohibited substances.

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