Sport is part of school programs in Thailand. Most children participate in activities such as table tennis, gymnastics, basketball, volleyball, and track and field. Soccer is probably the most popular sport in the nation. Young people play it in school, and people of all ages follow the game as a spectator sport. Televised matches attract millions of enthusiastic viewers. Thailand is a participant in the international Asian Games, and Thai athletes have won many medals.
Bangkok has several sports clubs. Facilities include racetracks, swimming pools, gyms, tennis courts, playing field, and golf courses. Thais are proud of the internationally famous golf champion Tiger Woods, whose mother is Thai. Sailing and yachting are also popular.
Some sports enjoyed in Thailand are not familiar in much of the world. For example, boxing has different rules in Thailand than in most other countries. To Westerners, it seems very violent. Boxers are allowed to use their feet, elbows, knees, and shoulders to kick or punch their opponents. However, biting, spitting, and wrestling are forbidden, and boxers must wear gloves.