Thai Women’s Rugby Team President Resigns in Protest Over Controversial Asian Games Loss
Thai Rugby Association President Takes Responsibility for Bronze Medal Defeat
In a disappointing turn of events at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, the Thai women’s rugby sevens team narrowly lost the bronze medal round to Hong Kong with a score of 5-7. In the aftermath of this defeat, Lieutenant Colonel Kulthon Prachuap Mo, President of the Royal Patronage Rugby Football Association of Thailand, took full responsibility and stepped down from his role as president of the rugby union. The team’s performance did not meet the targeted expectations, driving him to make this difficult decision.
Japanese Judges Under Scrutiny for Controversial Call
Adding to the frustration, concerns have also been raised regarding the performance of the Japanese judges assigned to referee the final match between Thailand and Hong Kong. A critical error made by one of the judges resulted in the loss for the Thai women’s team. “Big Ton” Pol. Lt. Col. Kulthon Prachuap Mo voiced his protest on the day of the competition, but unfortunately, his objections were disregarded by the organizers.
Press Conference Sheds Light on Controversy
Following the Thai team’s return from the Asian Games, Lieutenant Colonel Kulthon Prachuap Mo held a press conference at the Ratchaphruek Club on September 28, 2023. During this event, he presented a video clip that provided insights into the various incidents that took place during the Games, particularly focusing on the decision made by the Japanese judges, which led to the Thai women’s team missing out on the coveted bronze medal.
Frustration Fuels Resignation
Expressing his deep dissatisfaction with the unfair treatment faced by the Thai women’s rugby team, Police Lieutenant Colonel Kulthon Prachuap Mo made the difficult decision to resign as president of the association. This decision stems not only from the bronze medal game but also from numerous instances where referee decisions seemed to go against their favor. Deeply regretful that he could not adequately support and protect the athletes, he even attempted to seek verification from his position as an advisor to the president of the Asian Rugby Federation, but was met with disrespect and rejection.
Fighting for Justice
Highlighting the unwavering dedication of the athletes who worked tirelessly for five years, pouring their sweat and tears into preparing for the Asian Games, Lieutenant Colonel Kulthon Prachuap Mo expressed his distress over seeing the team robbed of victory due to questionable judge decisions. Witnessing the athletes walk off the field in tears on that fateful day compelled him to take action and seek justice for their hard work and commitment.
A Departure and a Protest
In a bold move, Lieutenant Colonel Kulthon Prachuap Mo formally resigned as the Advisor to the President of the Asian Rugby Federation. Through this resignation, he aims to make a strong protest to both Asia Rugby and World Rugby, calling attention to the unjust treatment faced by the Thai national team at the Asian Games. As for the future relationship between Thailand and Asia Rugby, he believes it is contingent upon the new president of the association.
As the Thai women’s rugby sevens team lost 5-7 points to Hong Kong in the bronze medal round of the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, “Big Ton” Pol. Lt. Col. Kulthon Prachuap Mo, President of the Royal Patronage Rugby Football Association of Thailand. He came out to show responsibility by asking to end his role as president of the rugby union. Because the performance in the Asian Games did not reach the target.
There is also a problem with the performance of Japanese judges. Acting as a referee in the final match where Thailand met Hong Kong, an error occurred which resulted in the loss of the Thai women’s team, causing “Big Ton” to protest on the day of the competition. But he was ignored by the organizers of the competition.
Recently, the Asian Games rugby team has returned to Thailand and Pol “Big Ton”. Lieutenant Colonel Kulthon Prachuapmoh has set up a press conference on various events in the Asian Games. at the Ratchaphruek Club on September 28, 2023, along with showing a video clip explaining various events in the decision of the Japanese judges. who made a mistake which resulted in the loss of the Thai women’s team causing them to miss out on the bronze medal at the Asian Games
Police Lieutenant Colonel Kulthon Prachuammoh said he was resigning as president of the association to protest the unfairness of what happened to the Thai women’s rugby team. Because it’s not just the bronze medal game. Because there are still many games that the referee decides against their eyes. And I am very sorry that I am the president of the association. But unable to help or protect our athletes at all. He even used the position of adviser to the president of the Asian Rugby Federation. Go down and ask for verification. Still being rejected with disrespect
Police Lieutenant Colonel Kulthon further said that All athletes have worked hard to train and prepare for 5 years, shedding sweat and tears for the Asian Games with the intention of bringing back medals to Thai sports fans. But he had to be robbed of victory by the judges’ decision. That day he saw our athletes walking off the field crying. So he had to do something to restore justice.
After that, the Pol Lt signed. Col. Kulthon a letter resigning from the job. Advisor to the President of the Asian Rugby Federation and also said “Today I would like to resign as Advisor to the President of the Asian Rugby Federation. Because I want to make a protest to Asia Rugby and World Rugby in recognition of the unfair treatment that the Thai national team received in the Asian Games In terms of establishing a new relationship with Asia Rugby or not, that is not true. It depends on the new president of the association.”
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