January 17, 2020: Mr. Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, Minister of Tourism and Sports, Dr. Gongsak Yodmani, Governor of Sports Authority of Thailand and Khunying Patama Leeswadtrakul, International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member visited IOC head office in Lausanne, Switzerland. On this occasion, Minister Phiphat and Thai sports Key persons joined the meeting with IOC members as follows:
11.00 am: Andrew Parsons, President of International Paralympic Committee
2.00 pm: Ms. Kristin Kloster Assen, Chair of Future Host Commission, Mr. Antoine Goetschy, Associate Director of Youth Olympic Games
3.30 pm: Mr. Etienne Thobois, CEO of Olympic Games “Paris 2024”
5.00 pm: Mr. Thomas Bach, President of International Olympic Committee, Mr. Christophe De Kepper, Director General of the International Olympic Committee, Ms. Jacqueline Barrett, Associate Director and Head of Bid City Relations
In this meeting Minister Phiphat expressed that Thailand intended to bid for 5th Youth Olympic Games in 2026 and promised that Thailand was fully committed to fighting doping in sports according to WADA Code.
While Mr. Thomas Bach appreciated the visit and good cooperation from Thailand. He also encouraged Thailand to work harder and cooperate with International Testing Agency (ITA) and WADA to eradicate doping in Thai sports.