Ex-Korean taekwondo coach receives Thai ID card, is now ‘Chatchai Choi’


National taekwondo coach Choi Young-seok received his Thai national ID card at Bang Kapi district office in Bangkok on Monday.

The Royal Gazette had announced an order granting him Thai nationality in October this year.

Choi reportedly came to Bang Kapi district office with two Thai taekwondo exponents, namely Chutchawal Khawlaor and Chanatip Sonkham.

The national taekwondo coach's ID card indicated his name "Chatchai Choi”, which was given by Somdet Phra Maha Rajjamangalamuni (Somdet Thongchai), the assistant abbot of Wat Traimit in August.

Ex-Korean taekwondo coach receives Thai ID card, is now ‘Chatchai Choi’

Choi said he feel relieved after receiving his ID card as he no longer needs to request a visa, work permit or other documents for work in Thailand.

He said he will purchase a house in Thailand to live with his family.

"Apart from being a national taekwondo coach, I want to participate in the election similar to other Thais," he said, confirming that he will do his best in his duty to train Thai taekwondo exponents.

He said he will go to Nong Khai province on Saturday (December 3) to oversee the taekwondo promotion exam in the Northeast in a bid to inspire children.

He added that he would lead Panipak Wongpattanakit, the taekwondo exponent whom Choi guided to Thailand’s only gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, to participate in the World Taekwondo Grand Prix in Saudi Arabia on December 6.

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