The first group of athletes and officials of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) arrived in the Phuket International Airport on November 9 to get ready for participation in the 4th Asian Beach Games. Upon their arrival, they received a warm welcome from the Protocol and Ceremony Committee members.
The first group of athletes arriving in Phuket consist of China (4 athletes, 3 officials, 1 doctor), Pakistan (2 officials), 7 representatives from the World Air Sports Federation, Sri Lanka (2 officials), Jordan (1 official), Yemen (2 athletes, 1 coach, 3 team officials, 2 reporters, Hong Kong (4 athletes, 1 doctor), Syria (1 official), Tajikistan (4 officials), Indonesia (2 athletes, 3 officials), the Philippines (1 official), India (1 official), South Korea (3 officials), Malaysia (8 athletes, 1 official, 1 coach), Iran (12 athletes 5 officials), Qatar (11 athletes, 6 officials, 2 coaches), Japan (3 officials), Jordan (1 official), 17 OCA officials, totaling 113 persons.
Lt Col Ruj Sang-udom, secretary of the Secretariat Office, 4th Asian Beach Games Organising Committee, revealed that there will be a meeting of chef-de-mission from all participating teams in Phuket on November 13.
“Phuket comes to life when the participating athletes start arriving in the city. The beautiful decoration of the city also helps create an atmosphere of the Asian Beach Games competition. Thus, I would like to invite the Phuket residents to be good host for all visitors,” said Ruj.