Dignitaries relishing Thai festival of futsal
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The FIFA Futsal World Cup Thailand 2012 moved a step closer earlier today with the launch of the tournament’s official emblem in Bangkok. A wide array of luminaries from Asian football and politics were on hand to enjoy the hour-long launch show, and FIFA.com was there to gather their reactions. 

Zhang Jilong, Acting AFC President and FIFA Executive Committee member
Thailand was very badly affected by serious flooding just two months ago but has risen to host this wonderful launch event today, and the FIFA Futsal World Cup later in the year. Without such determination, staging a world-class tournament would not be possible. I am therefore very proud of the FA of Thailand who worked hard to bring another exciting, elite international competition to the Asian continent.”

Worawi Makudi, FA of Thailand President and FIFA Executive Committee member
“Hosting the FIFA Futsal World Cup is a big honour for Thailand. People will come from all over the world and the experience the famous Thai hospitality. It’s an equally big honour to have the Prime Minister with us here in Bangkok today. She is known as a lover of sports and she has been a big supporter of Thai football, from grassroots development through to our elite competitions.”

Vernon Manilal Fernando, Chairman of the Organising Committee and FIFA Executive Committee member
“Firstly I bring greetings and best wishes for everyone here today from the FIFA President and the FIFA Secretary General. Like many people from Asia, I know how beautiful Thailand is. After the devastation of the flooding which particularly affected Bangkok, hosting this tournament will enable the country to show the world some more positive images.

Thailand has a tradition of playing Futsal, and reached the FIFA Futsal World Cups held in 2000, 2004 and 2008. I am sure many people at this launch today will be hoping that the team can go a step further in November and, who knows, maybe even compete for the trophy.”

Ms Yingluck Shinawatra, Prime Minister of Thailand
“Today marks the official countdown to the competition starting in November, and to host a FIFA World Cup is a huge honour for our country. We have a chance to bring this game of Futsal directly to the Thai people, and my government extends its full co-operation. We believe the competition will inspire our youth to play sport, to be active and healthy, but also to become interested in studying courses like Sports Management as well.”