Timeout with... Chawarat Kitichokwattana


Close to 1,200 athletes from 10 South-east Asian nations are competing at the 8th Asean Para Games in Singapore. Get to know the foreign athletes better as The Straits Times picks out one every day. Today: Thai badminton player Chawarat Kitichokwattana

Age: 26

Disability: Polio

Q Who is your favourite athlete and why?

A China badminton player Lin Dan. He's a very smart player. I met him last year when he came to Thailand to play an exhibition match with Boonsak Ponsana for our king's birthday.

Q Where was your last selfie taken?

A At the infinity pool on top of Marina Bay Sands two days ago.

Q What is your impression of Singapore?

A It's my first time here. Everything is clean, it's excellent.

Q What other para sport do you want to watch this week and why?

A Swimming and wheelchair racing. I like racing.

Q What is your favourite food back home and why?

A Tom yum goong. I love spicy food and it's delicious.

Q Who is your hero and why?

A MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi. He's very good at what he does and seems to have a great personality.

Q What is on your bucket list?

A Skydiving. I think it will be very thrilling.

Q How did you pick up badminton?

A My older brother introduced it to me when I was 13.

Q Do you have any pre-game ritual?

A I listen to music before a match. Today I listened to the new James Bond movie theme song Writing's on the Wall by Sam Smith, and Wiz Khalifa's See You Again.

Q What is your wish for the APG?

A To win gold.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 05, 2015, with the headline 'Chawarat Kitichokwattana'. Print Edition | Subscribe