Milestones

Important Milestones related to the Development of Special Olympics Thailand are

1968

  • Mrs. Eunice Kennedy Shriver founded the Special Olympics Movement
  • The first Special Olympics Competition was organized

1987

  • Special Olympics Thailand was founded under the Foundation of the Mentally Handicapped of Thailand
  • ส่งนักกีฬาไทย 4 คน เข้าร่วม 1987 Special Olympics World Summer Game ที่รัฐอินเดียนา สหรัฐอเมริกา

1988

  • Khunying Soporn Wongsawan became Board Chair of Special Olympics Thailand

1991

  • Registered with the Sports Authority of Thailand as a national sport association
  • Khunying Vichandra Bunnag became Board Chair of Special Olympics Thailand
  • Organized the first Special Olympics Thailand National Games. HRH Princess Soamsawali presented the Royal Flames for the Games and Prime Minister Anand Punyarachun preside over the Opening Ceremony.
  • Thirteen Thai athletes participated in the 1991 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Minnesota USA

1992

  • The 2nd SO Thailand National Games was organized. Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai presided over the Opening Ceremony

1993

  • Thanphuying Niramol Suriyasat became Board Chair of Special Olympics Thailand

1994

  • HRH Princess Bhajarakitiyabha presided over the Opening Ceremony of the SO Thailand Games
  • Twelve Thai athletes participated in SO Australia Invitation Games in Perth
  • Thai Delegation participated in Special Olympics Hong Kong National Games Invitation

1995

  • Thanphuying Niramol Suriyasat was invited to join the Board of Special Olympics International
  • Opening of Northern Region Sub Programme in Chiangmai
  • Twenty four Thai athletes participated in the 1995 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Connecticut USA

1996

  • Opening of the Northeastern Region Sub Programme in Khonkhaen
  • Partnering Bangkok Post to organized Charity Golf for SO Thailand

1997

  • Opening of the Southern Region Sub Programme in Songkhla
  • Organized Charity Road Rally for SO Thailand
  • Fourteen Thai athletes competed in the 1st Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games in Shanghai, China

1998

  • Opening of the Central Region Sub Programme in Pathumthani
  • HRH Princess Bhajarakitiyabha presided over the Charity Run for Special Olympics Thailand
  • Thailand Delegation competed in Special Olympics Singapore National Games Invitation

1999

  • Organized the 1st Star Charity Football for Special Olympics Thailand for the Royal Trophy of HRH Princess Soamsawali

2000

  • Dr. Naris Chaiyasoot became Board Chair of Special Olympics Thailand
  • Organized the 2nd Star Charity Football for Special Olympics Thailand for the Royal Trophy of HRH Princess Soamsawali

2001

  • Camp Training at Songkhla, Chiangmai, Khonkhean
  • Organized the 1st Charity Golf for the Trophy of Ex Prime Minister Anand Punyarachun in Rayong

2002

  • Ten Thai athletes participated in the 3rd Special Olympics Nippon Games
  • Selection Athletes for World Games 2003

2003

  • Twenty Three Thai athletes participated in the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Dublin, Ireland

2004

  • Introduced the Athlete Leadership Programme
  • Bocce was first introduced to Thailand

2005

  • Seven Thai athletes participated in Special Olympics East Asia and Asia Pacific Bocce Competition in Brunei
  • Twenty Thai athletes participated in Special Olympics Asia Pacific Invitational Games in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Introduced the Healthy Athletes Programme
  • Unified Sports Coaching was introduced at the Rebuilding Hope Phuket Project as part of community rehabilitation programme after the tsunami

2006

  • First Unified Sports Competition was held in Phuket
  • Organized the 1st Bocce National Championship in Udonthani

2007

  • Forty two Thai athletes participated in the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai, China

2009

  • Organized the Inaugural Indochina 5 aside Football Tournament in Pathumthani

2011

  • Thirty two Thai athletes participated in the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece.
  • Eight Thai athletes participated in the 2nd Indochina 5 aside Football Tournament in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

2012

  • Sixteen Thai athletes competed in the 1st SEA Unified Football Tournament in Singapore
  • Sixteen Thai athletes participated in the 2012 Special Olympics Asia Pacific Bocce Competition in Brunei

2013

  • Two Thai athletes participated in the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games
  • Organized the Asia Pacific Qualifier of 2014 Global Unified Cup in Pathumthani
  • Sixteen Thai athletes competed in the 2nd SEA 5-A-Side Unified Football Tournament in Malaysia
  • Eight Thai athletes competed in the 3rd Meakong 5-a-side Football Tournament in Yangon,
  • Sixty Thai athletes participated in the 2013 Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games in New Castle, Australia

2014

  • Eight Thai athletes competed in the 3rd SEA Unified 5-a-side Men’s Football Tournament in Brunei
  • Eight Thai athletes competed in the 4th Special Olympics Meakong 5-a-side Football Tournament in Vietnam

2015

  • Eight Thai athletes competed in the 3rd SEA Unified 5-a-side Women’s Football Tournament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Thirty two Thai athletes participated in the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, USA
  • Eight Thai athletes competed in the 5th Special Olympics Meakong 5-a-side Football Tournament in Pathumthani
  • Sixteen Thai athletes competed in the 4th SEA Unified 5-a-side Football Tournament in Indonesia

2016

  • Sixteen Thai athletes competed in the 5th SEA Unified 5-a-side Football Tournament in the Philippines
  • Eight Thai athletes competed in the 5th Special Olympics Meakong 5-a-side Football Tournament in Cambodia
  • Sixteen Thai athletes competed in Special Olympic Inter-Regional Unified 11-a-side Football Tournament in Bhubaneswa, India

2017

  • Twelve Thai athletes competed in the Special Olympics Singapore National Games Invitation
  • Thirty two Thai athletes competed in the 6th SEA Unified 5-a-side Football in Pathumthani
  • Eight Thai athletes competed in the 7th Special Olympics Meakong 5-a-side Football Tournament in Yangon, Myanmar

2018

  • Special Olympics Thailand registered under official name “ the Special Olympics Association of Thailand”
  • Organized the 1st Multi-Sports National Championship in Pathumthani
  • Thai athletes competed in the 7th SEA Unified 5-a-side Football in Malaysia
  • Eight Thai athletes competed in the 8th Special Olympics Meakong 5-a-side Football Tournament in Vietnam

2019

  • Forty five Thai athletes participated in the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games, Abu Dhabi, UEA
  • Organized the 2nd Multi-Sports National Championship in Pathumthani
  • Organized the Inaugural Special Olympics Asia Pacific Unified Badminton Championship in Bangkok