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SET News :SET supports table tennis advancement, paving the way to international level
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                                                                SET News 62/2022
                                                  August 16, 2022
SET supports table tennis advancement, paving the way to international level
BANGKOK, August 16, 2022 - The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) has provided 
financial support to the Table Tennis Association of Thailand (TTAT) for the
ninth consecutive year, under the SET Star Table Tennis project, aiming to
enhance the potential of athletes and Thai table tennis sport continuously to
reach the international level. SET has also offered grants as motivation and
moral support to the Thai national table tennis team who has made history at the
31st SEA Games. Moreover, SET has offered scholarships for the first year to
"rising star youth table tennis athletes" so that the Thai players will progress
 in a sustainable path.
SET Senior Executive Vice President Rongrak Phanapavudhikul said that SET has 
promoted the Thai capital market in line with the vision 'To Make the Capital
Market Work for Everyone'. In addition to promoting sustainable growth of the
capital market, SET provides support to table tennis through the SET Star Table
Tennis project with a THB 4.75 million grant this year as the sport has multiple
benefits in strengthening both physical and mental aspects, including
concentration and spending free time to the advantage. The project has become
one of SET's prides for nine years starting from 2014 until now since table
tennis players have kept developing, refining and advancing considerably and are
 capable of creating many success stories.
SET realizes that sustainable growth needs to have a strong and secure 
foundation. Therefore, SET places importance on taking care of the quality of
life of table tennis players simultaneously with promoting sports excellence, by
providing them with funding as motivation continuously, while also hiring four
disabled table tennis players as SET's full-time employees since 2018 in order
to create sustainable quality of life.
"Furthermore, this year SET has made another step forward in broadening the 
"opportunity" toward sustainability for table tennis athletes by initiating
scholarships to be granted to rising table tennis players who are skillful,
committed, determined, with outstanding performance. Education is believed to
lead to further enhancement and advancement at international level. In
consistent with the mission of TTAT to carry out intensive training and
potential boosting in all forms and to participate in domestic and international
tournaments, new generation of talented table tennis players will certainly be
nurtured to become an important force to help build Thailand's table tennis
reputation on the global stage in the future," added Rongrak.
TTAT President Nuttawut Ruangwes said that SET's continuous supports has 
contributed to TTAT's success in various aspects, particularly in organizing
domestic and international competitions and sending athletes to compete at
international events which will result in the athletes' ranking adjustments.
Currently, the world ranking of Thai table tennis players has risen to top 25.
Passage of Suthasini Sawettabut (Ying), an athlete under the SET Star Table
Tennis project, to the round of 16 at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 marked performance
milestone and considered the farthest in the history of Thai table tennis in
the Olympic Games. Most recently, Thai table tennis players have made the
reputation for Thailand with the highest success at the 31st SEA Games in
Vietnam, winning four gold medals from men's team, women's team, women's singles
and women's doubles; two silver medals from men's singles and women's singles;
and two bronze medals in mixed doubles, considered phenomenally the most
unprecedented in SEA Games history organized 31 times in 63 years.
In addition, SET has enhanced Thai table tennis players to enter professional 
leagues via the TTAT Pro League project, namely Suthasini, and Orawan Paranang
(Thip), who have already won the championships of the Austrian League and the
Spanish League respectively. SET is confident that the Thai table tennis circle
will move forward in a sustainable manner.
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