Sports in Thailand play a significant role in Thai culture, with both participants and spectators engaging in a wide variety of activities. Muay Thai, a traditional martial art, is deeply ingrained in Thai history and has evolved into national sport. Aside from muay Thai, association football is the most popular sport in Thailand, followed by volleyball and badminton.[1] There is also a diverse range of sports that are also popular throughout the country, including tennis, golf, swimming, athletics, cycling, motorsports, snooker, and sepak takraw, which is one of Thailand's two national sports along with muay Thai.[2][3][4][5][6] Water sports such as scuba diving, kiteboarding, jet skiing, surfboarding, rafting, sea kayaking, windsurfing, wakeboarding, long boat racing, and long-tail boat racing are also popular among sports tourists and locals alike.[7][8][9][10][11][12][unreliable source?]

Thailand has a history of competing in and achieving success in international sports competitions, as well as making remarkable contributions to regional events. The country has won the most medals in the Southeast Asian Games multiple times and has ranked first in the region. Moreover, Thailand has ranked as high as seventh in the all-time medal standings at the Asian Games. Additionally, Thailand has also earned the most gold medal in the Olympics among Southeast Asian countries.

Multi-sport events within the country, such as the Thailand National Games and the Thailand National Youth Games, provide a platform for athletes from all provinces to participate, showcasing Thailand's ability to foster and develop sports at the grassroots level and encouraging healthy competition among young athletes. These events are organized by the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT), which is responsible for promoting and developing sports in the country. The SAT collaborates with various sports associations and organizations to host national and international events with the support of the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF), which provides financial assistance for the development of sports in Thailand. Furthermore, Thailand also celebrates a National Sports Day annually on December 16, which aims to promote sports and physical activity across the country with various events and activities organized in different regions to encourage participation and healthy competition among the public.

Traditional sports

National sports

Muay Thai

Main article: Muay Thai

Muay Thai, also known as "The Art of Eight Limbs",[13] is a traditional martial art and national sport of Thailand.[14][15] It has its roots in ancient Thai military training and was developed as a form of unarmed combat that utilizes fists, elbows, knees, shins, and feet for strikes. Prior to the introduction of gloves, fighters used rope-bound hands for striking in Muay Boran, an ancient martial art of Thailand that influenced the development of modern-day Muay Thai. Today, Muay Thai fighters are required to wear protective gloves during fights. Over time, Muay Thai became a sport and a form of self-defense in Thailand. It has been a part of Thai culture for centuries, with King Chulalongkorn's reign in 1868 often considered as the golden age for the sport.[16][17][18]

One of the most famous legends in Muay Thai is that of Nai Khanom Tom, a warrior who was captured by the Burmese. He was chosen to fight in a festival where he won against 10 of the best Burmese fighters, using his skills in Muay Boran.[16] This feat is celebrated in Thailand on March 17 every year as National Muay Thai Day.

While Muay Thai has been popular in Thailand for a long time, it gained widespread popularity in the western world in the late 20th century.[17] Today, Muay Thai is both a professional and amateur sport, with many fighters competing in stadiums across Thailand and in international competitions. The two most prestigious stadiums for Muay Thai matches in Thailand are the Lumpinee Boxing Stadium and Rajadamnern Stadium, both located in Bangkok. These stadiums have hosted some of the biggest Muay Thai fights in history and are considered the pinnacle of the sport. Muay Thai is also showcased in various professional organizations and competitions, such as ONE Championship, which is known for featuring top Muay Thai fighters from around the world. As of January 11, 2023, Muay Thai has been officially recognized as a new member of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC).[19] This recognition brings the sport one step closer to potentially being included in future Olympic Games.

Notable Muay Thai fighters include Buakaw Banchamek, Tawanchai P.K. Saenchaimuaythaigym, Rodtang Jitmuangnon, Nong-O Gaiyanghadao, Saenchai PKSaenchaimuaythaigym, and Sam-A Gaiyanghadao.

Sepak takraw

Main article: Sepak takraw

Takraw, also known as Sepak Takraw, is one of Thailand's national sports, alongside Muay Thai.[2][20] The game has a rich history dating back to the Ayutthaya period when its earliest versions were played without a net. The traditional game involved passing a rattan ball to another person using only the feet, knees, chest, and head, without letting it touch the ground.[21][22] Takraw has since evolved into a fiercely competitive sport and began taking shape in Thailand. The first official rules for Takraw were established by the Siam Sports Association in 1829. After four years, the association incorporated a volleyball-style net and organized the inaugural public competition. The sport then quickly gained popularity and was soon incorporated into the Physical Training curriculum in schools.[2] The game is also known by different names and played in various ways in other Southeast Asian countries. In 1960, representatives from Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, and Thailand met in Kuala Lumpur to standardize the guidelines for the sport, ultimately agreeing to officially call it "Sepak Takraw" after intense debate.

Thailand is the most successful team in Sepak Takraw, having won all the tournaments in the ISTAF World Cup in both men's and women's categories in 2011 and 2017, and four gold medals in all of the premier division's events they participated in at the 2022 tournament. They have also won the most gold medals in the King's Cup Sepaktakraw World Championship, Asian Games, and Southeast Asian Games.

The International Sepaktakraw Federation (ISTAF), which is the international governing body for the sport of Sepak takraw, was established in 1988 with five founding member countries including Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, and Myanmar. The Takraw Association of Thailand (TAT) was founded in 1983 and has played a crucial role in the development and promotion of the sport in Thailand and globally.

Other sports

Krabi krabong

Krabi Krabong is a traditional martial art of Thailand that combines various weapons and techniques. While it was originally developed for combat and self-defense, it has evolved into a competitive sport as well. In modern times, Krabi Krabong tournaments and competitions are held to showcase the skills of practitioners, as well as to promote the art form to a wider audience. Competitions typically involve a series of solo and group performances, with competitors demonstrating their proficiency with weapons such as the sword, staff, and spear.[23]

Long-tail boat racing

Long-tail boat racing is a boat racing involves racing long-tail boats, also known as "Ruea Hang Yao". These wooden boats have been used for transportation and fishing in Thailand for centuries and are powered by an engine mounted on a long pole at the rear. Thanks to their agility and speed, they're perfect for racing, and the Thailand Powerboat Association is the governing body that oversees the sport. They organize the annual Thailand Long-Tail Boat Championship, which takes place in various locations throughout Thailand.[24][11]

Long boat racing

Long boat racing is a traditional Thai boat racing that dates back to ancient times. It was mentioned in historical archives during the Ayutthaya period, including those of La Loubère, a French diplomat who visited the kingdom in the 17th century. The sport features long boats ranging from small to large, manned by skilled paddlers who compete along a distance of about 600–650 meters, with a buoy to indicate the distance every 100 meters. Today, long boat racing is a popular traditional festival held in every region of Thailand, at both the regional and national level.[25][26][27]


Makruk is a strategic board game similar to chess, but with some distinct differences, such as a smaller board and different pieces. The game is played by two players with the objective of capturing the opponent's king, just like in chess. Widely played in Thailand, Makruk has gained recognition as a national heritage, with tournaments and competitions held regularly.[28] Makruk has also been featured in the Southeast Asian Games.

Dab Thai

Dab Thai, also known as Thai fencing, is a sport developed from Krabi-Krabong by Lieutenant Commander Charoon Trairat in 1935. The sport originated from the Sri Trirat Sword School and was developed into a competitive fighting game that aimed to simulate real-life situations. It differs from fencing as it utilizes Thai swords, which are single-edged and curved. The sport gained popularity at Chulalongkorn University, where a competition for the title of Khun Phon Chula was held, drawing the attention of students from various universities. Today, the Thai Sports Association under the Royal Patronage has pushed for the development of Dab Thai to become an international standard and it is recognized as a Thai national conservation sport. Various agencies, including the Sports Authority of Thailand and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, provide assistance to the sport's growth.[29][30] Dab Thai became a demonstration sport at the 38th Thailand National Youth Games, which took place in Nakhon Sawan province between March 25, 2023, and April 3, 2023.[31]

Team sports


Basketball was introduced to Thailand in the 1930s when Mr. Noppakhun Pongsuwan, a Chinese teacher, helped the Department of Physical Education translate the rules of the game. In 1953, the Amateur Basketball Association of Thailand was established and registered with the National Cultural Council, later becoming the Basketball Association of Thailand (BSAT). The BSAT joined the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) on July 10, 1953.[32] Since then, the national team has participated in regional competitions such as the Southeast Asian Games and achieved some success. In 2012, the establishment of the Thailand Basketball League (TBL) has brought increased attention and investment to the sport.


Main article: Football in Thailand

Rajamangala National Stadium

Football is the most popular sport in Thailand,[1] with a strong domestic league and passionate fanbase. The Thailand national football team, nicknamed the War Elephants, has a long history and has consistently been one of the top teams in Southeast Asia. They have won the AFF Championship seven times, in 1996, 2000, 2002, 2014, 2016, 2020, and 2022. The team has also achieved some success on the continental stage, finishing third in the 1972 AFC Asian Cup. Thailand is also a dominant force in Southeast Asian football, with the men's team winning the gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games a record 16 times. The team has also advanced to the final round of World Cup qualification twice, in 2002 and 2018, but unfortunately, they have failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup so far. In addition, Thailand's U-23 team has won the gold medal at the Southeast Asian Games a record 7 times. The U-17 team has qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup twice and became the AFC champion in 1998. The Thai League 1, is the top professional football league in the country. Established in 1996, the league currently consists of 16 teams. Some of the most popular and successful teams in the league include Buriram United, Muangthong United, and Chonburi FC.

Thailand also has a strong women's football program, with the women's national team nicknamed the Chaba Kaew. The team won the AFC Women's Asian Cup in 1983 and have qualified for two FIFA Women's World Cup in 2015 and 2019. In addition, the team has won the AFF Women's Championship four times, in 2011, 2015, 2016, and 2018. The women's team has also had success in the Southeast Asian Games, winning the championship five times, in 1985, 1995, 1997, 2007, and 2013. There is also a women's league in Thailand, called the Thai Women's League, which was established in 2009 and currently consists of 10 teams.

The Football Association of Thailand also known as FA Thailand is responsible for organizing and overseeing football in the country, including the national team and domestic league.


Thailand has a strong presence in futsal, a growing sport in the country. The national futsal team, known as the Chang Suek Toh Lek, has achieved notable success in the Asian Futsal Championship, finishing as runners-up in 2008 and 2012 and earning third place in 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2016. The team has also qualified for the FIFA Futsal World Cup six times, establishing itself as one of the top teams in Asia. Both the men's and women's national futsal teams have dominated the Southeast Asian Games, winning the championship in every edition where futsal was included. The national teams have also secured the AFF Futsal Championship title 16 times, underscoring their position as one of the strongest teams in the region. The Thailand Futsal League, founded in 2006, is the premier professional futsal league in the country and features 14 teams. The most successful teams in the league include Chonburi Blue Wave, Port Futsal Club, and CAT Telecom Futsal Club. The Football Association of Thailand also oversees futsal in the country.

Rugby union

Main article: Rugby union in Thailand

In 1938, the Thai Rugby Union was established and later legally registered in 1939. The sport, however, is not widely popular in Thailand, as association football remains the dominant sport. Despite this, rugby union is slowly growing in popularity, with more and more people becoming interested in the sport, particularly in the Bangkok area.[33]


Teqball is a new sport that has gained popularity in Thailand. Invented in 2012 by three young Hungarians, Teqball combines elements of popular games like association football and table tennis. The game is played on a curved table, and players hit a football with any part of the body except arms and hands. The Teqball Association of Thailand was established in 2020 and quickly gained attention from Thai sports fans. At the 2022 Teqball World Championships in Germany, the Thai Teqball team impressed foreign players with their floating and sepak takraw-style kicks. Despite not winning any medals, they were voted as the public's favorite team and played an exciting exhibition match against the Brazilian team.[34]

Ice hockey

Ice hockey has been played in Thailand since the 1980s. The Ice Skating Association of Thailand, established in 1976, was later renamed to the Ice Hockey Association of Thailand (IHAT).[35] Despite the tropical climate and lack of ice rinks, the popularity of ice hockey has grown in Thailand, with several teams competing in local and international tournaments. The Thai national ice hockey teams have achieved some results in international competitions, with the men's team participating in the World Championships, Asian Winter Games, and Challenge Cup of Asia, and the women's team competing in the World Championships, Asian Winter Games, and Women's Challenge Cup of Asia.


Volleyball is one of the most popular sports in Thailand,[1] with both the men's and women's national teams having achieved some success on the international stage. The women's team has won the gold medal at the Asian Women's Volleyball Championship twice, in 2009 and 2013, and the silver medal twice, in 2017 and 2019. They also won the silver medal at the 2018 Asian Games and have won the gold medal at the Southeast Asian Games a record 15 times, most recently in 2021. In addition, they have won two gold medals at the ASEAN Grand Prix in 2019 and 2022, and finished 8th place in the FIVB Volleyball Women's Nations League in 2022, as well as finishing in 13th place in the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship in 2022, 2018, 2010, and 1998. The men's team has also achieved success in regional competitions, winning the gold medal at the Southeast Asian Games eight times, in 1985, 1995, 2001, 2005, 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017. They also reached the semi-finals and finished in 4th place at the 2010 Asian Games.

The Volleyball Thailand League was founded in 2005 and has become one of the most competitive volleyball leagues in Asia. The most recent champions of the Women's Volleyball Thailand League are Supreme Chonburi, who won their third title, while the Women's team of Nakhon Ratchasima have also achieved success, winning five championships. In the Men's Volleyball Thailand League, Nakhon Ratchasima has dominated the league, winning seven championships, including the most recent one in the 2020-2021 season.

Thailand has also competed in beach volleyball at the international level, but the sport is not as popular as indoor volleyball. The country's national teams in beach volleyball participated in the 2018–2020 AVC Beach Volleyball Continental Cup in both the women's and the men's sections.[36] However, despite its growing popularity, beach volleyball remains a niche sport in Thailand compared to indoor volleyball.

The Thailand Volleyball Association (TVA), which was founded in 1959, is responsible for promoting and developing volleyball in the country, including both indoor and beach volleyball.

Individual sports


The Athletics Association of Thailand (AAT), founded in 1948, has played a role in developing and promoting athletics in the country. Puripol Boonson has emerged as a promising new talent in recent years, breaking several national records at the 2022 Thailand National Games and setting a new Southeast Asian Games record in the men's 200 metres in 2022.[37][38] In August 2022, he also set a new world record for the men's 100 metre sprint under 18 years old at the 2022 World Athletics U20 Championships.

Thailand has hosted several international athletics events, including the 2017 Asian Youth Athletics Championships and the 2021 World Mountain and Trail Running Championships. In addition, the country hosted the World Athletics Global Running Conference in 2022, along with the Amazing Thailand Marathon Bangkok.[39]


See also: Thailand Open (badminton) and Thailand national badminton team

Badminton is one of the most popular sports in Thailand,[1] with a long history dating back to the establishment of the Badminton Association of Thailand (BAT) in 1950. Since then, Thailand has produced many notable badminton players who have achieved great success both nationally and internationally. One of the most successful badminton players from Thailand is Ratchanok Intanon. She burst onto the international scene by winning the World Junior Championships in 2009. In the following years, she went on to win the title twice more, becoming the most successful player ever in individual events at the BWF World Junior Championships. Intanon also won the World Championships in 2013 and has been ranked as the world number one in women's singles badminton.

Another player who has achieved great success in both junior and senior categories is Kunlavut Vitidsarn. He is a three-time World Junior champion, winning in 2017, 2018, and 2019, and also became the first men's singles player to win three World Junior Championships titles. He has also made a name for himself in the senior category, winning the silver medal at the 2022 BWF World Championships. Other notable players from Thailand include Busanan Ongbamrungphan, Nitchaon Jindapol, and Kantaphon Wangcharoen.

In addition to singles events, Thailand has also produced several notable players in doubles events. In women's doubles, Benyapa Aimsaard and Nuntakarn Aimsaard have made a name for themselves on the international stage, as have Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai. In mixed doubles, Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai.


Bowling has gained popularity in Thailand over the years, with many talented bowlers representing the country in international competitions. Yannaphon Larpapharat is one such notable bowler who has made a name for himself in the sport. He won a gold medal at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon in the men's individual event.[40] Sithiphol Kunaksorn is another notable Thai bowler, who won a bronze medal at the 2014 Asian Games in the men's singles event.

Combat sports


Thailand has produced several notable boxers who have made their mark in the sport. Somluck Kamsing is one of the most famous Thai boxers, having won the gold medal in featherweight boxing at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Khaosai Galaxy who held the WBA super flyweight title for over seven years and defended his title 19 times. Somjit Jongjohor is another notable Thai boxer who won the gold medal in light flyweight boxing at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Other notable boxers from Thailand include Samart Payakaroon, Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, and Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, who have all achieved great success in their respective weight classes.


Jujutsu has seen a rise in popularity in Thailand after the Thai jujutsu team's impressive performance at the 2022 World Games in the United States, winning 2 gold medals and 2 silver medals. As a result, the Ju-Jitsu Association of Thailand is expanding the sport's popularity by organizing at least four competitions to collect points at the youth, youth, and public championships in Thailand. The last Ju-Jitsu Thailand Championship saw more than 2,000 athletes participating in the competition.[41]


The Taekwondo Association of Thailand (TAT) was founded in 1978 and has played role in promoting the sport of taekwondo in Thailand. Panipak Wongpattanakit is a highly successful athlete in the sport, winning numerous medals at various international championships and making history by winning Thailand's first-ever Olympic gold medal in taekwondo at the 2020 Summer Olympics in the women's 49 kg event. She is also a world champion and a gold medalist at the 2018 Asian Games in the 49 kg category

Thai martial arts


Cycling is one of the favorite sports in Thailand,[3] and the Thai Cycling Association was established in 1959. One of the notable Thai national cyclists is Komet Sukprasert, who was sent to train at the World Cycling Centre (WCC) in Switzerland.[42] He won the Asian BMX Championship 2022 and the Malaysia BMX International Race 2022 in Malaysia[43]


Main article: Golf in Thailand

Thailand has earned a reputation as the golf capital of Asia due to its growing popularity as a golfing destination.[44] Tourists from Japan, Korea, Singapore, South Africa, and Western countries come to play golf in Thailand every year,[45] and the country has more than 200 world-class golf courses.[46] Notable golf courses in Thailand include Amata Spring Country Club, Alpine Golf and Sports Club, Thai Country Club, and Black Mountain Golf Club, which have all hosted major golf tournaments.

Thailand has also produced several notable golfers, including Ariya Jutanugarn and her sister Moriya Jutanugarn, who have both won multiple LPGA titles. Other notable Thai golfers include Thongchai Jaidee, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, and Jazz Janewattananond, who have all competed in major golf tournaments and gained international recognition for their success in the sport.

One of the rising stars in Thai golf is Atthaya Thitikul, who became the youngest golfer ever to win a professional tournament at just 14 years old. She has since gone on to win multiple tournaments on both the LPGA Tour and the Ladies European Tour, and in October 2022, she became the number one ranked golfer in the Women's World Golf Rankings.

Jet skiing

Jet skiing has become increasingly popular in Thailand in recent years, particularly in the realm of sports tourism. The sport has its own licensed tournament, WGP#1, which is owned and licensed by Thai people and has gained global attention with live broadcasts reaching over a billion households. In fact, the event's live broadcasts covered 50% of the world's population, making it one of the most watched sports in Thai history.[47]


Birabongse Bhanudej was the first Thai and Asian racecar driver to race in Formula One.

Motorsports in Thailand have grown in popularity,[48] building on the legacy of pioneers such as Birabongse Bhanudej, the first Thai and Asian racecar driver to race in Formula One. The country has hosted the MotoGP since 2018 at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram. Thailand has also hosted the Super GT and FIA WTCC Race. Additionally, the country has gained recognition for hosting the Thailand Rally, which is part of the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship and has featured stages on both tarmac and gravel roads. Thailand has produced several notable drivers in international competitions, including Alexander Albon, who has competed in Formula One, and Sandy Stuvik, who has won multiple championships in various racing series. In 2022, Enzo Tarnvanichkul became the first Thai national to win the FIA Karting World Championship in the OK Junior class.[49] The growing popularity of motorsports in Thailand is reflected in the construction of new racetracks and the organization of national and international events, such as the Thailand Super Series and the Thailand MotoGP.


The country has produced several successful snooker players, including James Wattana, Dechawat Poomjaeng, Noppon Saengkham, and Thepchaiya Un-Nooh, who have all competed at the highest levels of the sport. In addition to male players, Thailand also has a notable female player, Nutcharut Wongharuthai, who made history by winning the 2022 World Women's Snooker Championship in Sydney, Australia.


Swimming is one of the favorite sports in Thailand,[3] with many talented athletes representing the country at various international competitions. Notable swimmers include Natthanan Junkrajang, Nuttapong Ketin, Jenjira Srisaard, and Navaphat Wongcharoen.

Table tennis

Table tennis is growing sport in Thailand, with notable achievements including Suthasini Sawettabut's round of 16 performance at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, which was the farthest in the history of Thai table tennis at the Olympics. At the 31st SEA Games in Vietnam, Thai players won a record-breaking four gold medals, two silver medals, and two bronze medals. Additionally, the Table Tennis Association of Thailand (TTAT) has been supporting players through initiatives such as the SET Star Table Tennis project and the TTAT Pro League project, which have helped players like Suthasini and Orawan Paranang achieve success in professional leagues in Austria and Spain. These efforts have helped build a strong foundation for the future of table tennis in Thailand.[50]


See also: Thailand Open (WTA)

The Lawn Tennis Association of Thailand (LTAT) is the governing body for tennis in the country and organizes various tournaments and events throughout the year. Notable players include Paradorn Srichaphan, who reached a career-high ranking of world number 9 in singles and won five ATP singles titles, as well as Tamarine Tanasugarn, who reached a career-high ranking of world number 19 in singles and won a total of four WTA singles titles. In addition, Thai players have achieved success in doubles, with the team of Sonchat Ratiwatana and Sanchai Ratiwatana winning 12 ATP doubles titles together.


Main article: Thailand E-Sports Federation

In September 2021, the Thai government officially recognized esports as a professional sport. As a result, the local esports industry has received increased funding, promotion, and support, and eligible esports teams and athletes can now receive financial assistance from the Sports Authority of Thailand and its Professional Sports Promotion Fund.[51] The Thailand E-Sports Federation (TESF) has been actively working to develop esports curricula to cultivate competitive gamers who can represent Thailand at the international level. Additionally, Thailand has achieved success in the Southeast Asian Games, winning gold medals in esports events such as FIFA Online 4, Arena of Valor, and Tekken 7. Notable Thai esports players include Anucha "Jabz" Jirawong, Piyapon "TheCruz" Boonchuay, Chirasak "Joena" Moonsarn, Nuengnara "23savage" Teeramahanon, Metasit "Moowan" Leelapipatkul, Teedech "TDKeane" Songsaisakul, and Nopparut "Book" Hempamorn, all of whom have earned significant amounts of money and recognition in their respective games.

Sport leagues




Muay Thai

Ice hockey

Multi-sport event

All time medal count

Event Gold Silver Bronze Total Games
Summer Olympic Games 10 8 17 35 17
Winter Olympics Games 0 0 0 0 5
Summer Paralympic Games 24 29 34 87 10
Winter Paralympics Games 0 0 0 0 0
Summer Youth Olympic Games 12 10 5 27 3
Winter Youth Olympic Games 0 0 0 0 1
Asian Games 132 175 279 586 18
Asian Winter Games 0 0 0 0 5
Asian Para Games 64 102 136 302 3
Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games 108 106 145 359 6
Asian Beach Games 130 97 91 318 5
Asian Youth Games 17 22 18 57 2
Asian Youth Para Games 81 67 48 196 4
Southeast Asian Games 2,345 2,031 2,074 6,450 31
ASEAN Para Games 1154 814 625 2593 10
ASEAN University Games[A] 551 418 404 1373 20
ASEAN School Games 380 338 384 1102 11
Summer World University Games 28 30 55 113 18
Winter World University Games 0 0 0 0 6
World Games 8 13 8 29 11
World Beach Games 0 0 0 0 1
World Combat Games 7 5 4 16 2
World Martial Arts Masterships 8 5 10 23 2
Military World Games 0 5 10 15 5
Asian Athletics Championships 25 30 26 81 23
Asian Junior Athletics Championships 25 35 30 90 18
Asian U18 Athletics Championships 5 9 2 16 4

Hosted sporting events

See also: List of sporting events held in Thailand and Category:International sports competitions hosted by Thailand

Year Event Sport Location Date Status
Start End
1959 Southeast Asian Peninsular Games Multi-sport event Bangkok Dec 12 Dec 17 Regional
1966 Asian Games Multi-sport event Bangkok Dec 9 Dec 20 Continental
1967 Southeast Asian Peninsular Games Multi-sport event Bangkok Dec 9 Dec 16 Regional
1970 Asian Rugby Championship Rugby union Bangkok Jan 10 Jan 18 Continental
1970 Asian Games Multi-sport event Bangkok Dec 9 Dec 20 Continental
1975 Southeast Asian Games Multi-sport event Bangkok Dec 9 Dec 16 Regional
1976 Asian Invitational Badminton Championships Badminton Bangkok Mar 24 Mar 28 Continental
1976 Thomas Cup Badminton Bangkok May 25 June 3 International
1978 Asian Games Multi-sport event Bangkok Dec 9 Dec 20 Continental
1980 Asian Invitational Badminton Championships Badminton Bangkok Dec 10 Dec 14 Continental
1985 Southeast Asian Games Multi-sport event Bangkok Dec 8 Dec 17 Regional
1988 Badminton World Cup Badminton Bangkok Sep International
1994 World Badminton Grand Prix Finals Badminton Bangkok Dec 7 Dec 11 International
1995 Southeast Asian Games Multi-sport event Chiang Mai Dec 9 Dec 17 Regional
1997 World Weightlifting Championships Weightlifting Chiang Mai Dec 6 Dec 14 International
1998 Asian Games Multi-sport event Bangkok Dec 6 Dec 20 Continental
1999 FESPIC Games Multi-sport event Bangkok Jan 10 Jan 16 Continental
2002 AVC Cup Women's Club Tournament Volleyball Bangkok May 22 May 27 Continental
2003 FIVB Volleyball Boys' U19 World Championship Volleyball Suphanburi July 5 July 13 International
2003 World Amateur Boxing Championships Boxing Bangkok July 6 July 13 International
2003 FIVB Volleyball Women's U20 World Championship Volleyball Suphanburi Sep 6 Sep 14 International
2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship Football Bangkok
Chiang Mai
Nov 10 Nov 27 International
2005 Asian Airgun Championships Shooting sports Bangkok Sep 12 Sep 19 Continental
2005 Asian Indoor Games Multi-sport event Bangkok Nov 12 Nov 19 Continental
2006 Asian Taekwondo Championships Taekwondo Bangkok Apr 21 Apr 13 Continental
2006 World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships Taekwondo Bangkok Sep 18 International
2007 FIVB Volleyball Women's U20 World Championship Volleyball Nakhon Ratchasima July 20 July 27 International
2007 Summer Universiade Multi-sport event Bangkok Aug 8 Aug 18 International
2007 World Weightlifting Championships Weightlifting Chiang Mai Sep 17 Sep 26 International
2007 Southeast Asian Games Multi-sport event Nakhon Ratchasima Dec 6 Dec 15 Regional
2008 ASEAN Para Games Multi-sport event Nakhon Ratchasima Jan 20 Jan 26 Regional
2008 World Judo Juniors Championships Judo Bangkok Oct 23 Oct 26 International
2009 FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship Volleyball Nakhon Ratchasima July 3 July 12 International
2009 FIBA Under-19 World Championship for Women Basketball Bangkok July 23 Aug 2 International
2009 Asian Martial Arts Games Multi-sport event Bangkok Aug 1 Aug 9 Continental
2010 Asian Junior Table Tennis Championships Table tennis Bangkok July 21 July 25 Continental
2010 ASEAN University Games Multi-sport event Chiang Mai Dec 15 Dec 23 Regional
2012 World Junior Wrestling Championships Wrestling Pattaya Sep 4 Sep 9 International
2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup Futsal Bangkok
Nakhon Ratchasima
Nov 1 Nov 18 International
2012 Race of Champions Motorsports Bangkok Dec 14 Dec 16 International
2013 IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia Ice hockey Bangkok Mar 16 Mar 24 International
2013 Asian Judo Championships Judo Bangkok Apr 19 Apr 21 Continental
2013 BWF World Junior Championships Badminton Bangkok Oct 23 Nov 3 International
2013 World Para-archery Championships Archery Bangkok Nov 1 Nov 7 International
2014 Asian Beach Games Multi-sport event Phuket Nov 14 Nov 23 Continental
2015 Asian Amateur Boxing Championships Boxing Bangkok Aug 26 Sep 5 Continental
2015 World Touring Car Championship Touring car racing Buriram Nov 1 International
2015 WBPF World Championship Bodybuilding
Bangkok Nov 24 Nov 30 International
2016 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix Volleyball Bangkok June 3 July 10 International
2016 Asian Junior and Cadet Table Tennis Championships Table tennis Bangkok Sep 16 Sep 21 Continental
2017 Asian Canoe Slalom Championships Canoe slalom Nakhon Nayok Feb 24 Feb 26 Continental
2017 Youth World Weightlifting Championships Weightlifting Bangkok Apr 1 Apr 11 Continental
2017 Asian Youth Athletics Championships Athletics Bangkok May 20 May 23 International
2018 Thomas & Uber Cup Badminton Bangkok May 20 May 27 International
2018 Asian Fencing Championships Fencing Bangkok June 17 June 22 Continental
2018 FIBA Asia Champions Cup Basketball Bangkok Sep 27 Oct 2 Continental
2018 MotoGP World Championship Motorcycle racing Buriram Oct 7 International
2019 Asian Amateur Boxing Championships Boxing Bangkok Apr 19 Apr 26 Continental
2019 South East Asian Junior and Cadet Table Tennis Championships Table tennis Bangkok June 4 June 9 Regional
2019 IFMA World Muaythai Championships Muay Thai Bangkok July 22 July 28 International
2019 World Weightlifting Championships Weightlifting Pattaya Sep 18 Sep 27 International
2019 MotoGP World Championship Motorcycle racing Buriram Oct 6 International
2019 World Junior Table Tennis Championships Table tennis Nakhon Ratchasima Nov 24 Dec 1 International
2021 BWF World Tour Finals Badminton Nonthaburi Jan 27 Jan 31 International
2022 Asian Canoe Sprint Championships Canoe sprint Rayong March 24 March 26 Continental
2022 Thomas & Uber Cup Badminton Nonthaburi May 8 May 15 International
2022 South East Asian Junior and Cadet Table Tennis Championships Table tennis Bangkok June 17 June 22 Regional
2022 IIHF U20 Asia and Oceania Championship Ice hockey Bangkok June 25 July 2 Continental
2022 ASEAN University Games Multi-sport event Ubon Rachathani July 26 August 6 Regional
2022 Asian Men's Volleyball Cup Volleyball Nakhon Pathom Aug 7 Aug 14 Continental
2022 ASEAN Grand Prix Volleyball Nakhon Ratchasima Sep 9 Sep 11 Regional
2022 MotoGP World Championship Motorcycle racing Buriram Oct 2 International
2022 World Mountain and Trail Running Championships Athletics Chiang Mai Nov 4 Nov 6 International
2022 Asian Water Polo Championship Water Polo Samut Prakan Nov 7 Nov 14 Continental
2022 IPSC Handgun World Shoot Shooting sports Pattaya Nov 27 Dec 3 International
2022 BWF World Tour Finals Badminton Bangkok Dec 7 Dec 11 International
2023 Thailand Open Tennis Hua Hin Jan 30 Feb 5 International
2023 Thailand Masters Badminton Bangkok Jan 31 Feb 5 International
2023 ACC Men's Challenger Cup Cricket Bangkok Feb 24 Mar 5 Continental
2023 World Women's Snooker Championship Snooker Bangkok Feb 28 Mar 4 International
2023 Six-red World Championship Snooker Bangkok Mar 6 Mar 11 International
2023 Beach Soccer Asian Cup Beach soccer Pattaya Mar 16 Mar 26 Continental
2023 MotoGP World Championship Motorcycle racing Buriram Oct 29 International
2023 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games Multi-sport event Bangkok
Nov 17 Nov 26 Continental
2025 Southeast Asian Games Multi-sport event Bangkok
Dec 9 Dec 20 Regional
2026 ASEAN Para Games Multi-sport event Nakhon Ratchasima Jan 20 Jan 26 Regional


Thailand National Games

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Thailand National Para Games

Thailand National Youth Games

Main article: Thailand National Youth Games

Thailand University Games

Thailand National Student Games

Thailand Local Administration Student Games

International and regional

Southeast Asian Games

Main article: Thailand at the Southeast Asian Games

Asian Games

Main article: Thailand at the Asian Games

Olympic Games

Main article: Thailand at the Olympics

Paralympic Games

Main article: Thailand at the Paralympics

Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games

Main article: Thailand at the Asian Games § Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games

World Games

Main article: Thailand at the World Games

See also


AThe medal counts provided include only the results from the 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2022 editions of the ASEAN University Games. Results from earlier editions were not available.
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