The Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center (SBPAC) intends to promote Carrom as a national and international game to strengthen the bonds and unity of local families and communities in the deep South.
SBPAC Deputy Secretary-General Chanathan Saengphum on 19 May 2023 chaired a meeting to discuss competitions of Carrom, which is a popular tabletop game and has been played for a long time in the southern border provinces, especially at tea shops in various local villages.
Mr. Chanathan said that people of all ages and faiths in Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala, Songkhla, and Satun enjoy playing this game, which is also recognized as part of the cultural identity of the people in the Malay Peninsula. Although the game is played widely in the deep South, no official competitions have ever been arranged.
Therefore, he said, it was the first time that the SBPAC was joining hands with the Carrom Sport Southern Thailand Club in promoting Carrom to make it better known. In 2024, the game will be developed into a national and international game for Thailand.
The SBPAC and the Carrom Sport Southern Thailand Club also plan to work with Malaysia and Singapore in organizing Carrom competitions and upgrading the game into an international event through cooperation with such countries as Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, and Australia.
Mr. Chanathan said that, at the meeting, the SBPAC and the Carrom Sport Southern Thailand Club agreed to organize Carrom competitions in the southern border provinces from June to September 2023. Public relations campaigns will be launched to encourage local people to take part in the competitions.
The Carrom Sport Southern Thailand Club thanked the SBPAC for providing support for the organizing of Carrom competitions in the deep South this year. The competitions will be held in other parts of the country next year. The club is also ready, in terms of personnel, to join this game internationally. It believes that Carrom will help promote relations between Thailand and the countries where the game is commonly played, such as Bangladesh, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, the Czech Republic, Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.