Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, who is also president of Olympic Committee Thailand, on Saturday opened the “Flag of the Nation” relay event for the Tokyo Olympics at the Sports Authority of Thailand.
The flag relay will start in Bangkok on Sunday, running through 35 provinces within 61 days.
A total of 4,568 flag bearers, including athletes, celebrities and members of the public, will take part in the relay. The flag relay will end at Suvarnabhumi Airport on May 27 to take off with the Thai Olympic team to Tokyo.
The first bearer of the flag will be amateur boxer Somrak Kamsing, who had won the first gold medal for Thailand in the 1996 Summer Olympics.
Spectators can watch the flag runners as they make their way through Bangkok, Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Songkhla, Phatthalung, Ratchaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Kanchanaburi, Suphan Buri, Chainat, Nakhon Sawan, Kamphaeng, Phet Tak, Pang Lap, Lamphun, Chiang Mai, Phrae, Uttaradit, Phitsanulok, Phetchabun, Chaiyaphum, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Ratchasima, Buri Ram, Sa Kaeo, Chanthaburi, Rayong, Chon Buri, Chachoengsao, and Samut Prakan provinces.