Chatchai-decha wins Swat Award
Panipak, Paphangkorn among top stars of 2021
Chatchai-decha Butdee (left) and Panipak Wongpattanakit were pictured with their Athlete of the Year trophies yesterday.
Olympic taekwondo champion Panipak Wangpatanaji and boxer Chachai-Decha Bhuti were named amateur male and female athletes of the year by the Thai Sports Writers Association (Swat) yesterday.
Soccer player Chanathip Songkrasin and golfer Patty Tavatanakit were selected as the best male and female professional athletes of 2021.
Winners or their representatives receive their awards at an awards ceremony held at a hotel in Bangkok.
Pani Pak, 24, is Thailand’s only gold medalist at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, having achieved success in the 49kg category.
With this victory, she became the country’s first ever Olympic champion in Taekwondo.
The Surat Thani native was selected by SWAT ahead of Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist and boxer Sudar Pong Sisundi.
Panipak and Sudaporn are Thailand’s only two medalists at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
In his last Olympic appearance, Chatchai-decha reached the quarterfinals in Tokyo with the best Olympic result of his career.
He also won a silver medal at the World Championships.
Chatchai-decha, formerly known as Chatchai, withdrew from the Tokyo Olympics at the age of 36 after competing in three Olympics.
Chatchai-decha beat badminton star Kunlavut Vitidsarn for writer’s award.
Chanathip, known as “Messi Jay”, played for Japanese side Sapporo Consador last year when he was included in this season’s J-League team.
He now plays for J-League champion Kawasaki Frontale.
Chanathip captained the AFF Suzuki Cup champions Thailand, which was named Team of the Year by Swat.
BG Pathum United won the 2021 Thai League One, their first title in the top flight, with the Professional Team Award.
Patty captured her first LPGA Tour title at the ANA Inspiration, the first major of the year, which later became the Chevron Championship.
Patty, whose Thai name is Paphangkorn, also won the LPGA Rookie of the Year title and the Annika Major award, which honors the best player in all five majors this season. record golfer.
Ferrari Fairtex has won the Best Muay Thai Boxer award in 2021 with three wins and one loss.
Badminton stars Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai won the best combination award for representing Thailand to win the mixed doubles title at the World Championships.
They also took home the Best Professional Duo award after winning six World Tour titles.
Their coach, Tesana Panvisvas, is the best coach for professional athletes.
The Amateur Athlete Coach of the Year is National Taekwondo coach Chatchai Choi, formerly known as Choi Young-Seok.
The Thai Badminton Association (BAT) was the association of the year.
Weightlifter Weerapol Wichuma and badminton player Sirada Rung-pibulsophit were the best young men and women respectively.
Wheelchair racer Pongsakorn Paeyo has won the award for best male athlete with a disability after winning three gold medals at the Tokyo Paralympics.
The prize in the women’s category went to Taekwondo athlete Khwansuda Phuangkitcha, who won a bronze medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games.