PHUKET, Thailand, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Thailand has forked-out 41,000 dollar on a temporary kitchen and meal delivery service to give its athletes a taste of home cooking at next month's Asian Games in Doha.
Local sports chiefs have asked one of the Kingdom's major food distributors to donate more than 100kg of supplies to send to Qatar so the team's 480 athletes are fed Thai cuisine rather than unfamiliar international dishes.
Chaiyapak Siriwat, a Thai Asian Games committee official, said a kitchen would be set up at the Thai embassy in Doha to cook meals for the team, which will be bussed-in from the athletes' village throughout that day.
For those busy competing, the embassy will arrange for meals to be delivered at competition venues.
''Our athletes want to have Thai food while they are competing, so we've arranged for the embassy to take care of them by picking them up and feeding them,'' Chaiyapak told Reuters.
''We've had our own Thai food at events before. Some of the athletes don't like the food that is provided for them in the village, so we'll make sure they get what they want.'' World and Olympic weightlifting champion Pawina Thongsuk welcomed the plan and said the special kitchen would ensure Thailand got the best out of its athletes.
''Our athletes want to have Thai food -- it's delicious, they love it,'' she told Reuters.
''Some can't eat other cuisines, and if they can't eat, they'll have no energy to perform well.'' Thailand prides itself on its fiery cuisine, and has been marketing itself as ''the kitchen of the world''.
Several national team footballers have gone as far to suggest a lack of Thai cuisine was one of the reasons for failing to make the grade in English soccer.
The Asian Games takes place in Doha, Qatar from Dec. 1-15.
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