The “Flag of the Nation” relay for the Tokyo Olympics kicked off at the Sports Authority of Thailand in Bangkok on Sunday morning.
Ninety-two flag runners, including athletes, celebrities and members of the public, are taking part in the 92.6-kilometre relay to Samut Songkhram province on Sunday.
The first bearer of the flag was amateur boxer Somrak Kamsing, who won the first gold medal for Thailand in the 1996 Summer Olympics.
Somrak said he was excited to be chosen as the first bearer of the flag, adding that he had been exercising in preparation for the event.
“As a former Thai athlete, I would like to cheer junior athletes to do their best to bring victory to our country,” Somrak said.
A total of 4,568 flag runners will take part in the 4,606km relay through 35 provinces in 61 days.
The relay will end at Suvarnabhumi Airport on May 27 and the flag will take off with the Thai Olympic team to Tokyo.
The 35 provinces through which the relay will pass including Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan.
The second day of the flag relay will start at a stadium in Samut Songkhram province on Monday. Seventy-nine flag runners will take part in the 79.4km relay to Phetchaburi from 6am onwards.